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Learning Professional, 2021
Kay Psencik, Frederick Brown, and Stephanie Hirsh explore how school leaders can apply a learning lens to achieve their ambitious goals for educators and students in "The Learning Principal," their new book for Learning Forward. Chapter 3, "Managing Change," details how leaders can create the conditions and learning…
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Administrator Role
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2021
The school principal has long been recognized as a critical driver for school improvement and student success, but new research supported by The Wallace Foundation has found that principals have an even greater impact than previously stated. A synthesis of two decades of studies builds on previous research about how principals impact student…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Public Schools, Administrator Characteristics
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Gleason, Sonia Caus – Learning Professional, 2021
Learning how leaders advance equity and justice can inspire, give mental models, and help create road maps. Eight years ago, Nancy Gerzon and the author researched professional learning in high-poverty schools that were narrowing the achievement gap for every demographic, which resulted in the book "Growing Into Equity" (Corwin, 2013).…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Leadership Responsibility, Administrator Role, Social Justice
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Gonzales, Richard; Woulfin, Sarah; Cobb, Casey; McGarry, Jennifer – Learning Professional, 2020
Principals are critical to the effectiveness of schools, especially those serving children with the fewest advantages in life. So how can it be ensured that principals have the skills to carry out this challenging and evolving job? Enter the powerful combination of university principal preparation programs and the school districts their graduates…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Administrator Education, School Districts
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Thessin, Rebecca A.; Louis, Karen Seashore – Learning Professional, 2020
How do principal learning opportunities need to change, and who should be leading this change effort? The school district central office plays a vital role in principal learning by providing supervision and support for principals. Just as teachers need ongoing learning opportunities and support from their principals to provide high-quality…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Supervision
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Delia Pompa's distinguished career in education policy has focused on the needs of immigrant students and English learners. She is a senior fellow for education policy at the Migration Policy Institute and was previously senior vice president for programs at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) and director of education for the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Teacher Role, Faculty Development
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Bouffard, Suzanne – Learning Professional, 2019
Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools is one of six urban districts participating in an effort to redesign the role of principal supervisors. The Wallace Foundation's Principal Supervisor Initiative provides four years of support for these districts to transform the role, which has traditionally focused on operations and compliance, into one that…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Urban Schools, Principals, Supervisors
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Hirsh, Stephanie; Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
In a learning system, central office personnel assume collective responsibility for schools and go about their work very differently. They are responsible not only for departments and programs, but also for student learning. They demonstrate that responsibility by engaging in data informed conversations about student achievement. Central office…
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Administration
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McQuillan, Niamh – Learning Professional, 2018
Niamh McQuillan, development and instructional coach at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland, writes here that, as a teacher, she always liked new learning, but more often than not, it was like a barnacle on her practice. She attended professional development sessions and took the handout back to the to-do tray…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Teamwork, Inquiry
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Rigelman, Nicole; Crane, Sarah; Petrick, Kellie; Shrier, Donna – Learning Professional, 2018
Teachers at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon, embrace a growth mindset and continuously try best practices that better reach all students. They collaborate and bounce ideas off one another, and they observe one another and provide feedback. They will even ask another teacher to model lessons with their students so they learn how to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Best Practices
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Micheaux, Donna J.; Parvin, Jennifer L. – Learning Professional, 2018
Principal evaluation systems without explicit and aligned professional learning simply re-create a system of compliance and fail to improve leadership capacity. Given the complexity of the role of today's principals, they must learn a new set of skills and knowledge to create innovative learning environments. To use principal evaluation as a tool…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Evaluation, Leadership Qualities, Supervisors
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Spero, Ken – Learning Professional, 2018
Computer simulations can provide essential practice at making a wide range of decisions facing education leaders, filling gaps in experience with relevant virtual on-the-job training. Simulations can help administrators prepare for difficult conversations about students in crisis, racial tensions, teacher evaluations, and other sensitive topics.…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Decision Making
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Psencik, Kay; Brown, Frederick – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes a learning partnership between district or county leaders and school leaders to create a system of principal professional learning that came to life in principal learning communities across a district or multiple-district region. For more than a decade, Learning Forward has engaged with district-level leaders as learning…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperation, Principals, Administrators
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Ginsberg, Margery; Bahena, Olimpia; Kertz, Jessica; Jones, Iysha – Learning Professional, 2018
This article describes learning walks that focus on enhancing student intrinsic motivation and learning at a dual-language pre-K-8 urban public school. Descriptions in this case study are a composite based on the authors' actual experiences as well as ideas from literature and other schools. About once a week at Chicago's Talcott Fine Arts and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Second Language Learning, Faculty Development, Observation
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Learning Professional, 2018
Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, has nearly 20 years of experience in educational leadership, primarily in urban school districts. Her previous roles included superintendent in Austin, Texas, from 2009 to 2014 and administrator in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. She serves as a commissioner and…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Administration, Urban Schools, Superintendents
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