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Are Principals Key To Retaining Teachers?

Are Principals Key To Retaining Teachers? | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
What's new about Burkhauser's study is that it suggests that a teacher's perception of working conditions is closely related to his or her perception of the principal. That is, the way a teacher sees her principal can shape the way she perceives conditions in the school, even before any changes are made, and regardless of what else is going on in the school or district.

Using data from the biannual North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey, Burkhauser measured the relation between the teacher's perception of principal and workplace climate in four areas: 1) teachers' time use, 2.) school environment, 3.) school leadership, and 4.) teacher training. She found that the teacher's ratings of their experiences in these areas matched their ratings of their principals.

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The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers

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Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.

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‘Lesson Study’ Technique: What Teachers Can Learn From One Another

‘Lesson Study’ Technique: What Teachers Can Learn From One Another | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
By working together in teams and examining how students are learning, educators are finding better ways to teach lessons.

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Why Scandinavian schools are superior (and what we can learn)

Nordic schools (Finland included) captivate American educators. What makes them so strong?

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The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “Surround yourself with the best peopl
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Michael Fullan at BLC14 - The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact - YouTube

Filmed at Building Learning Communities 2014. Michael Fullan is Professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Tor...

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A framework for #leadership from Doug Reeves via @cmcgee200

A framework for #leadership from Doug Reeves via @cmcgee200 | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Thanks to Doug Reeves for giving us a framework for #leadership. Are you Lucky or Leading? #edcampLDR pic.twitter.com/xgE374etV0

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Shaping School Culture: 5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

Shaping School Culture: 5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Several years ago, when I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I was presiding over our monthly business review meeting. One by one, each of our divisional managers would appear before the executive team and review their operating results for the previous month. At the first break, one of my business consultants who was […]

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 18, 2015 2:11 PM

Check out the following for a PD session:


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Student Choice

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Principals: "the contexts in which teachers work profoundly shape teachers’ job decisions and their effectiveness"

Principals: "the contexts in which teachers work profoundly shape teachers’ job decisions and their effectiveness" | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it

"An emerging body of research now shows that the contexts in which teachers work profoundly shape teachers’ job decisions and their effectiveness. Put simply, teachers who work in supportive contexts stay in the classroom longer, and improve at faster rates, than their peers in less-supportive environments. And, what appear to matter most about the school context are not the traditional working conditions we often think of, such as modern facilities and well-equipped classrooms. Instead, aspects that are difficult to observe and measure seem to be most influential, including the quality of relationships and collaboration among staff, the responsiveness of school administrators, and the academic and behavioral expectations for students."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 7, 2015 5:10 PM
  • In supportive schools, teachers not only tend to stay, but they also improve at much greater rates over time.
  • Teachers working in schools with strong professional environments improved, over 10 years, 38 percent more than teachers in schools with weak professional environments.


Six key characterize of the school environment that affect if teachers stay and if they improve:
  1. consistent order and discipline;
  2. opportunities for peer collaboration;
  3. supportive principal leadership;
  4. effective professional development;
  5. a school culture characterized by trust; and
  6. a fair teacher evaluation process providing meaningful feedback. 

"School principals play a key role in establishing productive professional environments in schools. They are the ones who establish these organizational supports and build school-wide cultures. Hiring principals who have the ability to identify organizational weaknesses, establish school-wide systems to support teachers and students, and galvanize the collective buy-in and involvement of all teachers is a central lever for improving the teaching and learning environment.

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8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading

8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Getting Smart team shares 8 ways to stop micromanaging and more effectively lead a team.

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Empowerment: An Essential Skill for the Transformational Leader - Wallin Enterprises

Empowerment: An Essential Skill for the Transformational Leader - Wallin Enterprises | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
-*+  Leaders strive to do their best for the organization and the members of their staff.  That ambition for high performance drives some leaders to attempt to control and usurp the authority they have given. This type of leadership actually disempowers and destroys the very people you, as a transformational leader, are attempting to empower.Read More

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 18, 2015 3:09 PM

A critical skill in leadership is the responsibility,it's for decisions made and results achieved. We must remember to share the glory, but take responsibility when so things don't go well. A true leader empowers people to take risks to solve problems and create processes. They review plans in order to be informed and use their experience to provide feedback and guidance. They must be the cheerleaders for people on the front line and find ways to celebrate even small steps of progress. They must shine the spotlight on others,  when things go awry they must shoulder the burden themselves and not deflect blame Onto their subordinates.  That is true empowerment

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 24, 2015 5:03 PM

It is easy for a leader to feel the pressure for high student achievement and give in to micro-management.  This micro-management actually undermines their overal goal of increasing student achievement.  Hire the best teachers, provide a structure and time for the, to collaborate, engage them in collectI've decision making and empower them to provide theor best instruction.  The results...and a leader's goal achievement will follow

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School Culture vs. School Climate

School Culture vs. School Climate | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Once a leadership team has helped the school community understand the importance of culture and climate, they are ready to assess it and improve it.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 6, 2015 9:34 PM

They are different yet complementary.

 

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100 Books Every Teacher Should Read - A.J. Juliani

100 Books Every Teacher Should Read - A.J. Juliani | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
I am by habit a bibliophile. I read at least 25 pages of a book per day which usually turns in to 40-60 books per year. I’ve written a few books myself, and plan to write more. But this list is not about me, it’s really about us as an education community. What are we …
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To Build a Better High School, Coherence Is Key

To Build a Better High School, Coherence Is Key | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Making U.S. high schools great is a tough nut to crack, and the landscape of the past half-century is littered with failures to prove it. But those decades of trying have yielded some lessons that are guiding the latest school improvement pioneers.
Reviewing the progress—and problems—of high school reform in a 2013 report, the Carnegie Corporation of New York noted that many high schools have latched on to key improvement strategies but failed to incorporate others that are equally important. It called for national attention to "intentional new school designs" that incorporate 10 principles that research has shown to be pivotal in creating high-performing secondary schools, such as having a clear mission and coherent culture and personalizing learning to fit students' needs.

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Top 10 Education Systems in the World - via @Amanda_ronan

Top 10 Education Systems in the World - via @Amanda_ronan | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Every three years, the Programme of International Student Assessment conducts an assessment of educational programs provided in countries across the world.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 4, 10:16 AM

This article lists the Top 10 education systems around the world, based on the latest Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) results.

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Michael Fullan's 6 Secrets of Change for School Leaders - FRACTUS LEARNING

Michael Fullan's 6 Secrets of Change for School Leaders -  FRACTUS LEARNING | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it

Change can be a very difficult process. As leaders we are responsible for embracing, communicating and executing change, making sure it does not upset school and community culture. In The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive, educational researcher and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Michael Fullan puts forward his deeply explored and impactful approaches to change.

 

Through his experiences as a leader who has brought about large-scale and substantial change in education reform, Michael has developed what he calls the six secrets of change. A series of insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable lessons, each of the six areas can really make the difference on how you as a leader initiate and deliver successful change."


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Vikki Coleman's curator insight, July 17, 2015 8:07 PM

I chose this article because I want to find out how to bring about educational change without upseting the school and community culture.

 

I think this article will provide insight to making a difference.

Rog Rothe's curator insight, July 17, 2015 9:02 PM

This is interesting because it is so difficult to make change in education, and I scooped it because learning how to make change is critical in education.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 12:03 PM

We have been discussing this is grad class.

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Improvement is not an accident, but a science. Stop flying by the seat of your pants!

Improvement is not an accident, but a science. Stop flying by the seat of your pants! | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it

The application of this methodology is organized around three big questions. (See the figure below.) The first encourages us to get clear about the specific problem we are trying to solve. The second demands some reasoned explanation about the particular changes to be attempted (given the problem we are trying to solve) and what we expect these changes to accomplish. Addressing these two questions press us to detail our thinking with sufficient specificity that others might understand what we are about and why. The third question—how will we know if the changes introduced are actually an improvement—encourages an empirical orientation.  We tend to believe in the power of our own ideas; we need data to push back at us and challenge what we believe to be true.


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7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders

7 Habits of Highly Respected Leaders | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Your technical skills might get you a promotion, but it's your people skills that will earn you the respect of your employees.

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4 Leader Behaviors that drive 89% of Effectiveness. Why Org Health Matters | McKinsey

4 Leader Behaviors that drive 89% of Effectiveness. Why Org Health Matters | McKinsey | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it

ip McKinsey's recent research points to a small subset of leadership skills that closely correlates with leadership success, particularly among frontline leaders. McKinsey came up with a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits, surveyed 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world to assess how frequently certain kinds of leadership behavior are applied within their organizations. Finally, they divided the sample into organizations whose leadership performance was strong (the top quartile of leadership effectiveness as measured by McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index) and those that were weak (bottom quartile).
    

What McKinsey found was that leaders in organizations with high-quality leadership teams typically displayed 4 of the 20 possible types of behavior; these 4, indeed, explained 89 percent of the variance between strong and weak organizations in terms of leadership effectiveness (exhibit).

     

Four kinds of behavior account for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness.

    

Solving problems effectively. The process that precedes decision making is problem solving, when information is gathered, analyzed, and considered. This is deceptively difficult to get right, yet it is a key input into decision making for major issues (such as M&A) as well as daily ones (such as how to handle a team dispute).
     Operating with a strong results orientation. Leadership is about not only developing and communicating a vision and setting objectives but also following through to achieve results. Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasize the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritize the highest-value work.
      Seeking different perspectives. ...monitors trends affecting organizations, grasps changes in the environment, encourages employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues, and gives the appropriate weight to stakeholder concerns. Leaders who do well on this dimension typically base their decisions on sound analysis and avoid the many biases to which decisions are prone.
     Supporting others. Leaders who are supportive understand and sense how other people feel. By showing authenticity and a sincere interest in those around them, they build trust and inspire and help colleagues to overcome challenges. They intervene in group work to promote organizational efficiency, allaying unwarranted fears about external threats and preventing the energy of employees from dissipating into internal conflict.

   

From McKinsey’s Organizational Health Index research:  The ...presence, at all ...levels, of talented, high-potential leaders ...is essential to create something from nothing.

While most organizations use career opportunities to motivate employees, companies in this cluster use career opportunities as a leadership-development practice. Role modeling and real experience are more important than passing along sage lessons.
   

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, June 11, 2015 5:46 PM

McKinsey offers insights on where to pivot the time you put into leadership development including the 4 behaviors as well as 4 recipes associated with sustained success.  Want to create change and "something from nothing?"  
    
Then read McKinsey's take (from the Index research) on the four "distinct underlying approach to managing, including core beliefs about value creation and what drives organizational success."  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 1, 6:44 PM

Four leadership behaviors that drive 89 percent of the difference between strong and weak organizations is worth a CLOSE look.  ~  Deb

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10 Things Only People Who Can’t Stop Learning Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Can’t Stop Learning Would Understand | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Lifelong learning is a valuable strategy - discover how to add this strategy to your life.

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Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning

Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
In the paper, Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning, we assert the need for leaders who can create and sustain deeper learning environments.

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The Top 15 Book Recommendations for Teachers

The Top 15 Book Recommendations for Teachers | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
After 70 podcast episodes and scores of Twitter chats, these were the teaching books recommended most often by master educators to Talks with Teachers.

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How to Increase Leadership Impact on Teacher Observations

How to Increase Leadership Impact on Teacher Observations | Leadership for learning | Scoop.it
Teacher observations are incredibly important but are usually filled with pomp and circumstance and are more concerned about getting it done instead of getting it done right. Why not use SOLO Taxonomy?
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