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Lesson 1: You're Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal

Lesson 1: You're Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
You know how they say that people come to look like their dogs? A parallel truism is that any organization comes to look like its leader. For some reason, though this idea is axiomatic in corporate...
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"I learned this year that a teacher cannot, repeat, cannot be effective for long in a dysfunctional community."

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Cave Creek school chief declines $14K in performance pay

Cave Creek school chief declines $14K in performance pay | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
CAVE CREEK -- Debbi Burdick, superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District, has declined her performance pay for 2013-14.
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Sometimes a leader shines not because of what they do, but because of what the do not do, and even more importantly, why. This is where the CEO model of leadership often falls apart. In a business model, you follow economics and you never leave money on the table. In today's society, we see this as CEOs salaries dwarf their employees. In this school system their leader said more and my guess is, will reap more, with her recognition and sharing of the credit for the district's success than by taking money she rightly identifies as "not fair to accept when the rest of the staff did not get any raises." 

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Education for the Future: How Do We Prepare Youth for What’s to Come? - e-Learning Feeds

Education for the Future: How Do We Prepare Youth for What’s to Come? - e-Learning Feeds | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
In a globally connected world where technology is becoming more efficient and necessary, the question that comes to mind is: Are we preparing our youth …
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Seven steps that work toward building the educational system of the future. Don't be fooled this is not just about preparing students, read between the lines, if we are not modeling these points, how can we say we are teaching them? How can we expect teachers to be utilizing them if administrators are not setting the primary example as leaders of the school and district? So perhaps a little self reflection, Are we preparing students for the future?

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten
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While everyone does not have to agree with this article, there are some strong points to be made and as a leader, you should have some ground to stand on regarding many of these ideas and issues.

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Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter

Employee Satisfaction Doesn’t Matter | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
The employee engagement movement started in the late 1990s and then went full steam ahead in 2000. Organizations everywhere began systematically measuring employee engagement. That intense interest
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While I might disagree with the title of the article, the premise is solid as it points out engagement is more important than satisfaction and in fact breeds satisfaction, however, some perks are very necessary. So, I would argue that both can be achieved. This applies to teaching also in a very direct manner. Engagement and a level of appropriate satisfaction building produce the desired effect in many instances, too much of the unnatural in perks, and you lose the student, in not in the moment, potentially in the future. In both instances, using a strengths-based philosophy builds both areas and allows time for weaknesses to be developed. Read on and as the article will mention, "don't feed the bears."

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Russ Walsh: "Reformers" Don't Know What Motivates Teachers

Russ Walsh: "Reformers" Don't Know What Motivates Teachers | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Russ Walsh writes that corporate reformers have no idea what motivates teachers so they impose their own flawed ideas. Few have ever taught. They listen to economists, most of whom see education as...
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Reformers may not, but many modern day administrators who have spent quality time in the classroom and left what they love because they wanted to do a better job motivating teachers and improving education as a whole know these THREE keys to improving education. Read on....

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What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
The goal of Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders.
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I am wholeheartedly behind this movement, and believe that if you want to truly revolutionize schools, putting the people who know what  is necessary in charge makes the most sense. There is plenty for principals and others to accomplish in the running of a school or district, but complexity of educating today's students requires an individualized approach that must start with the front line and where all others are resources to support that direct service provider.

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It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attac...
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If you are going to lead in this era of testing, standards and accountability, this article presents two approaches, ironically, it is appears to be the progressive West vs. the Staunch East. While this seems often the historical model, being an East-Coaster I would have to say I don't think it is always true, but in this instance, I believe it is the case. California is doing things differently to achieve different results. It is investing money, proof it believes the endeavor is important, it is involving communities to maintain home rule and establish management with oversight. It is getting results.

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What I Learned from Bill Gates

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I have the great privilege in my job as president of the World Bank Group of speaking to some of the most creative political and business leaders around the world. One of the consistent themes across
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A great article that speaks directly to education, the core, Innovation comes from collaboration, The importance of grit, and Bringing innovations to scale. Consider these concepts in your school, you will find that your leadership will take your organization to new heights.

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Top Rookie Manager Mistakes (That Make You Look Like a Jerk)

Top Rookie Manager Mistakes (That Make You Look Like a Jerk) | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it

Congratulations! You just received your first big promotion. Woo hoo!! Chances are you’re about to make one of these rookie mistakes:

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All too common mistakes, if you are aware of them, maybe they can be avoided and you can deposit some respect and competence credit in the bank for later in your career. Mistakes will happen, but when it comes to leadership, first impressions do make a difference in getting the team to follow.

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More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll

More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
A new report from Gallup Education shows just how powerful schools and teachers can be in motivating students to take an active role in the classroom.
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With statements like... "These elements are often over looked in the effort to "fix" American education," Emotional engagement at school is the non-cognitive factor that most directly correlates with academic achievement," ...any improvement we make should include teachers in the leadership of schools," and "a lack of public understanding of what happens in schools may also contribute to a poor school climate," we have a realistic assessment of many of the issues that affect today's schools.

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How to Leave Your Ego at the Door

How to Leave Your Ego at the Door | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
(Originally posted on Medium.)People often misidentify self-confidence for egotistical behaviour, and vice versa. These two have a very distinct difference. Confidence is usually backed with logic,
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Some quick suggestions to improve your ability to function as a successful leader. This article points out the differences between self-confidence which is in most cases hard earned and of a giving nature and ego, which is demanding with out proof of ability and voracious for acknowledgement and attention, to the point of eventually consuming itself (and your enterprise). Unfortunately, simple steps that may take a lifetime to master.

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Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App'

Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App' | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Using student data that is protected and centered on personalizing learning is the key to true education transformation, writes Michael King.
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I am going to use an Alan Kay quote here, the sentiment of it fits this article well, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." The tools are here today to make your school, district and community have a better tomorrow.

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10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees

10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.Exceptional bosses do all of the above -- and more. (And we
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A guide to go from good to exceptional. While for many it will not be as easy as it looks, it makes all the difference, especially in a changing and more challenging world, where leaders who are just good are really no longer good enough.

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Three Common Reasons That... | News | EducationJobSite.com

Three Common Reasons That... | News | EducationJobSite.com | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
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This makes too much sense, in fact, as a leader of others, it should be common knowledge, (passing grade for at least 2 of 3), but read the three mentions and ask your self, how are you addressing these potential negatives. If you have staff leaving, ask for some honest feedback. These a 3 areas where exits can be prevented.

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Center on Great Teachers & Leaders - at American Institutes for Research

Center on Great Teachers & Leaders - at American Institutes for Research | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
The GTL Center is dedicated to advancing state efforts to grow, respect, and retain great teachers and leaders for all students. Our mission is to foster the capacity of vibrant networks of practitioners, researchers, innovators, and experts to build and sustain a seamless system of support for great teachers and leaders for every school in every state in the nation.
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At the time of year when hiring new teachers is in full swing, these three steps are key for assisting those teachers to find success, but just as important, for new principals, three keys to developing the school that will excel because it will retain well developed teachers who want to contribute to the school.

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School Transformation and Trust

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In schools, trust is like love in a marriage: it bonds people together and makes them strong and effective. Trust in relationships increases security, reduces inhibitions and defensiveness, and fre...
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A simple, straightforward and quite insightful article regarding the importance of trust. If there is anything that will ever make a person a leader or a better one, it is earning the trust of his or her co-workers and peers. Included are the simple steps for accomplishing this first and most important step in transforming our schools.

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9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World

9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
People who positively impact the world demonstrate 9 core behaviors that set them apart.
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Take a moment and reflect on these nine behaviors. They make a great general assessment tool, questions for hiring and conversational material for evaluation. While not specific, they provide the elements upon which we need to build education reform. Using these core behaviors we can set the example and develop those we work with and our clients. I can only imagine a workplace setting where everyone is learning to change the world and doing it one student at a time. 

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How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Imagine, if you can, a school where students do not have specific teachers assigned to them, nor do teachers have specific students on their roster.Imagine a school where students come each day with a list of standards to work on and accomplish--right when they walk in the door. They can go to the t
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I can't add much to the article, but I know what I could do in the areas I have worked, if this approach was possible. If you are looking to a future where no child is left behind, this HAS TO BE A PART OF IT!

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Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags? | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all....
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This is a food for thought article. As an educator and parent, I have had to question much about so much testing, changing the ways teaching is happening in the classroom and the loss of so much of the fun that helped students want to be in school. I could never put my finger on it, this article provides some ideas that may or may not be accurate, but left me thinking.

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What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.
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This is an excellent example of what today's educators should be doing in their classrooms and schools in some variety, but for all grades. Starting in Pre-K is a great idea, but it needs to continue, the need for relationships is important in all grades, regardless of the child's age.

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Nine Unseen Qualities That Create Exceptional Leaders

Nine Unseen Qualities That Create Exceptional Leaders | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
Good leaders look good on paper. Great leaders look great in person; their actions show their value.Yet some leaders go even farther. And they’re even more successful not because of what you see them
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An excellent listing of some great qualities that often go unaddressed.

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10 rules of an incompetent professional

10 rules of an incompetent professional | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
I would like to share the best rules that place ignorance at the most unsuspected limits. I’m positive you’ll recognize someone close to you who appears to be a true professional but who, in reality,
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OK, in theory, never tell people what not to do, better to tell them what to accomplish, but this list, really sums up many of those things not to do, so well, and the closing quote.... all to true.

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Dr. Alan Watkins - Being Brilliant Every Single Day

Dr. Alan Watkins - Being Brilliant Every Single Day | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
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Ever wonder why people do what they do, as a leader understanding others is one of the keys to accomplishing goals, and how we communicate in a manner that makes sustainable change is another, watch this video and gain some insight...

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Want to Be a Real Leader? Forget “You”

Want to Be a Real Leader? Forget “You” | Leaders... Lemons to Lemonade | Scoop.it
10th in a series on building high-trust organizations.Charles de Gaulle, President of France and no shrinking violet himself, liked to remind people that “the cemeteries are full of indispensable men
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I recommend this entire series of articles, but to help you decided if you should invest your time, consider ,"Unless leaders have the humility to learn, to grow, and to weather the journey along with us, few will want to trust them. Without that trust, they won’t succeed, and neither will we."

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