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Louie, Josephine; Fagan, Emily; Stiles, Jennifer; Roy, Soma; Chance, Beth – Educational Leadership, 2023
Students need "critical data literacy" skills to help make sense of the multitude of information available to them, especially as it relates to high-stakes issues of social justice. The authors describe two curriculum modules they developed--one on income equality, one on immigration--that help students learn to analyze data in order to…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Data, Multiple Literacies, Critical Theory
Kempkey, Julia; Safir, Shane; Truss, Joe – Educational Leadership, 2023
After a grand jury report cited a pervasive pattern of racism and hate speech, a California school district took bold--sometimes uncomfortable--steps toward cultural change. At San Mateo Union High School District, assistant superintendent Julia Kempkey and equity coaches Shane Safir and Joe Truss faced the hard truth that no single policy,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Racism, Change Strategies, Student Leadership
Gallagher, Jennifer – Educational Leadership, 2023
The status quo is no longer an option. School leaders need to model care, courage, and open communication. Superintendent Jennifer Gallagher reflects on three important components of adaptive and effective leadership--communication, care, and courage--that she found helpful in navigating her district through the challenges of the pandemic.
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Effectiveness, Interpersonal Communication, Caring
Safir, Shane – Educational Leadership, 2023
To spur agency and critical thinking, educators can take steps to position students as knowledge builders rather than just consumers. Drawing on Indigenous pedagogy and her own work on the value of "street data" in education, author and consultant Shane Safir discusses the importance of creating more space for student voice in…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Student Empowerment, Instruction, Educational Practices
Toll, Cathy A. – Educational Leadership, 2023
Coach and ASCD author Cathy Toll knows that principals can face resistance and competing priorities when trying to make changes in schools. "Whole-staff coaching" is one tool to get all educators on the same page by putting teachers in control of planning, implementing, and evaluating change--and principals in charge of facilitating it.
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, Educational Change, Coaching (Performance), Faculty Development
Dampf, Elizabeth – Educational Leadership, 2023
When there's a revolving door of staff members in a school or district, leaders have three choices: leave, survive, or thrive. District administrator Elizabeth Dampf says it's possible to thrive despite--or even because of--high rates of turnover. If you want more out of this period in education, take a few cues from Dampf's "playbook of…
Descriptors: Labor Turnover, Leadership Responsibility, Teacher Persistence, Language Usage
Krahenbuhl, Kevin S.; Carter, John Lando – Educational Leadership, 2023
In our rush to get to deeper learning, it's easy to undervalue the essential role that "shallow" understanding (e.g., basic factual knowledge) plays in students' capacity to explore and understand content more fully, write Kevin Krahenbuhl and John Lando Carter. In this article, they outline three strategies to ensure students have a…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Retention (Psychology), Concept Formation, Educational Practices
Estrada, Juan-Diego – Educational Leadership, 2023
Educators instruct students in ways of thinking every day--from critical thinking to logical reasoning to abstract and conceptual thought. But thinking can get overwhelming, and it's easy for students' minds to wander. Juan-Diego Estrada explains how educators can incorporate mindfulness practices into the school day to help students focus,…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Metacognition, Neurosciences, Attention Control
Heal, Jim; Goodwin, Bryan – Educational Leadership, 2023
Education experts Jim Heal and Bryan Goodwin explain that students should be able to think deeply about their learning, not just appear to be engaged. The authors differentiate between student thinking and engagement and offer educators practical strategies to deepen learning and ensure it sticks.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Thinking Skills, Educational Practices, Cognitive Processes
Tomlinson, Carol Ann – Educational Leadership, 2023
Differentiated instruction has always been about providing every learner full opportunity to grow as much as possible academically, intellectually, and socially. A key principle of differentiation is "teaching up" (Tomlinson, 2021, 2022; Tomlinson & Javius, 2012). Teaching up is of particular importance at this moment in education…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods, Equal Education, Educational Quality
Weissbourd, Richard; Manning, Glenn; Torres, Eric – Educational Leadership, 2023
By deepening students' discussion skills, schools can play a key role in bridging communication divides in our society. As the nation has become increasingly politically polarized, how can educators teach constructive dialogue in the classroom? The authors--education experts and researchers--offer seven strategies for helping students engage in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Civics, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills
Buchanan-Rivera, Erica – Educational Leadership, 2023
These three practices can help educators align their school's professed beliefs with its actions. Do your beliefs about social justice align with school policies and student experiences? Are you examining social justice on a systems level and drilling down to the root causes of disparities in student learning and success? Erica Buchanan-Rivera…
Descriptors: Social Justice, School Policy, Educational Environment, Teacher Attitudes
Liou, Daniel D.; Deits Cutler, Kelly – Educational Leadership, 2023
Education leaders play a fundamental role in shaping curricular expectations and students' access to books, write education professors Daniel Liou and Kelly Deits Cutler. But it's not easy to know how to respond when leaders are under intense political pressure to pull a book (or topic) from the proverbial shelves. Liou and Deits Cutler share five…
Descriptors: Books, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information
Northern, Amber M.; Polikoff, Morgan – Educational Leadership, 2023
Popular online teacher curriculum sites offer time-strapped teachers lesson ideas and supplemental curriculum--but are these high-quality materials? Researchers Amber Northern and Morgan Polikoff examined several hundred of the most downloaded teacher materials for quality, depth of knowledge, and diversity--and the results might surprise you.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Standards, Diversity, Media Selection
Simmons, Craig – Educational Leadership, 2023
Craig Simmons, an assistant principal in Atlanta, discusses the setup and role of curriculum vetting teams in schools. When well-structured, he says, such committees can be effective in maintaining curricular alignment and quality at a time when many teachers download supplementary materials from the internet. They can also save teachers' time and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Alignment (Education), Educational Quality
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