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Leadership concepts for Assistant Principals, other school leaders, and those interested in leading others. Follow me on twitter @APInsight
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School Leadership and Inclusion Resources

School Leadership and Inclusion Resources | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
“@volekshy: Educational Change and Leadership Dave Edyburn Tec LTPF PD resources posted http://t.co/Q42d8L6nwh" #gsacrd #abed #flexpaths
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Leaders - Be Sure, Not Right!

Leaders - Be Sure, Not Right! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Leaders have to put aside their fear of being wrong. Collect all of the information you can and move forward with a decision you are sure about. Your team is looking for someone who is sure and confident in their decisions.
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Some nice tips on how to be a better leader. 

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Do Less Of This & More Of This In Your School Staff Meeting

Do Less Of This & More Of This In Your School Staff Meeting | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Do Less Of This & More Of This In Your School Staff Meeting
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Some great suggestions for you to use in planning for next year. 

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Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup

Building Community Partnerships: Resource Roundup | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic: Benefits of Community & Business Partnerships Specific Tips and Strategies for Educators Forging Partnerships for Project-Based Learning Examples of Successful Partnerships A (30+ Resources for Building Community Partnerships: ...
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Here are a number of resources to help you build strong community partnerships. 

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32 Things to say to Young Leaders

32 Things to say to Young Leaders | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Why aren't you asking for feedback? Tell me who you want to become in behavioral terms. Why do you matter? Tell me what you expect from yourself. Pursue clarity by asking more questions. Don't let ...
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are you mentoring new APs or teachers? Here's some advice. If you are a new leader yourself, ask these questions about your work. 

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Not long ago, most discussions of leadership were about leaders – their personality traits, how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and what were the skills that leaders employed.

Via Maria Rachelle, Katherine Bryant, Create Wise Leader, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Ivon Prefontaine
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Collaboration and Shared Leadership are the norm in schools today. At the base of success with these tools is trust.

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Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:05 PM

Vertical power-based leadership becomes less relevant in todays world. The key success factor becomes the ability to persuade someone over whom you have no power to collaborate with you in pursuit of a common mission.

Zian Peak's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:49 AM

I dont believe it's the new core, it's been there all along, perhaps we are only just taking notice. Do you agree?

Mercedes Jahn's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:06 AM

Trust is the invisible and powerful  life "glue" 

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Educators Are Doin' It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development

Educators Are Doin' It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Educators are creating their own professional development opportunities on their own time without compensation, acknowledgement, nor credit. With so many great resources on the web, teachers are re...

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deniseroberts's curator insight, August 12, 2014 10:17 AM

Is this the wave of the future of professional learning in education?

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20 Percent Of Teens Don't Graduate High School; Here's What Their Lives Are Like

20 Percent Of Teens Don't Graduate High School; Here's What Their Lives Are Like | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
While the Department of Education touts research that American high schools have reached an 80 percent graduation rate, a new report out this week from America's Promise Alliance seeks to discover what happened to the remaining 20 percent.
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Understanding why students don't succeed, what challenges they face, and what prevents them from graduating can help provide support for them.
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Summer PD for Principals:The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

Summer PD for Principals:The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Excellent Wallace Foundation materials to help shape those who lead school. Good resource for those who develop principals.

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PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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This is never more true than in a school. Institutions that honor tradition, schools are nevertheless always in a state of flux. Leaders need to  be able to see where we need to go and articulate the change and the process clearly. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2014 12:02 PM

Leading in School has been mistaken for managing. The two work together and are likely inextricably intertwined. A key is that leading is about letting go as well as influencing. I rarely see that in our schools.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 27, 2014 1:34 PM

I concur with my colleague Ivon Prefontaine. Leading and managing are not the same, but are most definitely complementary. Both require a certain self-awareness if one is to be successful.

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6 Resources For Building Parental Engagement

6 Resources For Building Parental Engagement | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
6 Resources For Building Parental Engagement: Helping Parents Trust Your School

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Situational Leadership Theory — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models /Theories

Situational Leadership Theory — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models /Theories | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Our rough guide to leadership models continues with a concise and practical introduction to Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership Theory.
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What Happens When Teachers Skip School?

What Happens When Teachers Skip School? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
The response to this week's big report from the National Council on Teacher Quality has shown that not every district agrees on the definitions for excused absences, and that efforts to curtail them are having little effect....
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How does your school stack up?  There are a number of reasons for teacher abscences and some of them are excellent. But  student learning does suffer if they don't have  the same qualified teacher consistently. 

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How to Repair a Damaged Professional Relationship

How to Repair a Damaged Professional Relationship | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Recognize your culpability.
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Maybe it's been a bad year for you and a colleague. Or perhaps there's been an ongoing issue. This article will give you some tips on how to handle this. The real leader is the one who starts the process. 

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Is Direct Instruction a School-Equity Issue?

Is Direct Instruction a School-Equity Issue? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
An education professor writes that direct instruction presents a quandary for educators. On the one hand, he says, it can to help students' acquire basic skills and do better on standardized tests. On the other, it embodies a highly restrictive view of learning.
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There are pluses and minuses to this system. The key is to get balance to provide the best education. 

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10 Ways to Become the Leader Others Value

10 Ways to Become the Leader Others Value | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
It’s not "just" business. The greatest "ship" in leadership is relationship. The priority of relationship came home to me in a follow-up call with Bob Buford. Bob was mentored by Peter Drucker. The...
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John Michel's curator insight, June 2, 2014 7:19 AM

Every aspect of leadership is made better in the presence of strong connection.

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School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students

School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Low-income children in school districts that boosted spending after court-ordered changes were more likely to graduate from high school and have other positive outcomes, according to a new study.

Via Mel Riddile
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Some interesting news in a field that is criticized for its spending.

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The Common Core FAQ

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It's not just Louis C.K. and Stephen Colbert who are confused about the Common Core. Get the facts here.

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Why Twitter Chats Matter

Why Twitter Chats Matter | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Assistant Principals: here are some reasons to join #apchat Sundays 8 pm EDT.

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Self-Control and Decision Making Explored at Great Leaders Summit

Self-Control and Decision Making Explored at Great Leaders Summit | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

“Willpower is an immensely rewarding book, filled with ingenious research, wise advice and insightful reflections on the human condition” -- The New York Times.  Join Roy Baumeister at the Great Leaders Summit this summer for his interactive session on the science of decision making and decision fatigue using research and insights from his book, Willpower.

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Join other leaders July 20-24, 2014
http://www.nassp.org/Professional-Development/Great-Leaders-Summit

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Use Weekly Reviews to Clarify the Big Picture

Use Weekly Reviews to Clarify the Big Picture | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
It might not seem important, but it shows you the context within which you work.
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Sometimes doing more gives you more time. As this article notes, taking time to review your week can actually help cut down your workload. 

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Free and easy ways to connect with your staff & parents!

Free and easy ways to connect with your staff & parents! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
There are a variety of ways that teachers and administrators can communicate with their class, staff, and parents. Effective communication is vital to a schools success. Not just the typical teache...
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Continuing the conversation about parent engagement from the first #apchat

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Forget Faculty Meetings: Focus on Professional Leadership

Forget Faculty Meetings: Focus on Professional Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 12, 2014 4:59 PM

Turn your faculty meetings into PD sessions. Disseminate information in other formats. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 2014 7:44 PM

Faculty meetings only become professional development when teachers are afforded two things. First, choice is important. Second, being able to speak up in a respectful way is essential.