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A Parents’ Guide to Twitter and Education

A Parents’ Guide to Twitter and Education | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

As more and more people join the world of Twitter (460,000 signups per day), school parents and teachers are more commonplace on this global social media tool. According to a recent Pew Internet Study, 84% of all Twitter users are between the ages of 18-49. Why is this important to school officials? The age range includes the majority of our school parents.


Via Judy O'Connell, Paul Mears
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I use Twitter a lot for professional learning. I would be interested in the views of others as to the efficacy of its as a communication tool or other type of useage with parents?

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Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones

Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The Rogers Innovation Report looked at parents and young adult children to see how they use their smartphones.
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Agron S. Dida's curator insight, April 28, 6:16 AM

Smartphones are just little notebooks we are going to use for emergency only. (By the way I am 63!)

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The Science Of Brainstorming

The Science Of Brainstorming | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. New research suggests analogies can help your team come up with great new ideas.
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As a former jewellery designer and craftsman and then visual arts teacher this is as I used to operate. My art history knowledge would strongly suggest it is how many famous artists have developed their work.

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Why the Web won't be Nirvana

"After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community." Clifford Stoll

Allan Shaw's insight:

Clifford Stoll's sensible commentary about the pitfalls of the internet is a valuable post for reflection. Stoll makes several key points. Data on the internet is usually unedited, and thus the reliability and validity of the data requires checking.

Perhaps most importantly, people are relational beings and need human interaction to thrive. That interaction is best done face to face with others to allow for a sense of presence, facial expression, body language, nuance of intonation and pacing of verbal communication and even pheromones to play their parts.

The internet has its place and plays an important role in many spheres of life. Like Stoll I simply object to the 'nirvana' style ideology as unrealistic.

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Branding Strategy Insider | Change Management And The Power Of Language

Branding Strategy Insider | Change Management And The Power Of Language | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Language has a huge role to play in the bedding in of new ways of doing things. Language actually defines a culture because it is literally how people connect – changing it significantly shifts the parameters of, and the context for, what is defined, accepted and encouraged. Here are five interconnected ways you can change your language to better complement the actions you intend taking.
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Change the category – when you change the perception of who you are. You can literally invigorate the current culture with the characteristics of a new category.

Change the purpose – when you change where you compete and with whom you compete, you have the opportunity to redefine what you compete for.

Change the story – when you change your purpose, you have the opportunity to change the story that you tell yourselves about what you are doing and what constitutes success. You quite literally reframe the parameters. You also need to reset the notions of what you talk about and reinforce before you redefine the operating rules. That way, changing the actions becomes proof of your new history and the way things will be going forward. Telling your stories in new ways redefines your traditions as a culture.

Change the values – when you change the story, you have the right setting to redefine your priorities as people interacting with each other.

Change the permissions – refreshed values provide the best backdrop for resetting what constitutes success and therefore how people feel empowered to behave. When you highlight humanity over greed for example or teamwork over individual brilliance, you not only change how people can behave, you also change what they feel they can celebrate and emulate.

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10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership

10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
We are in the employee feedback business. Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company.
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These are great questions and resonate strongly with my anecdotal experiences.

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7 Power Tips for Facing Turbulence

7 Power Tips for Facing Turbulence | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Turbulence grabs attention, focuses energy, stretches relationships, tests resolve, and shows you who you are. Leadership tips during turbulence. ..

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"Turbulence is useful when it:

Strengthens connections. People who trust each other pull together during tough times; people who don’t, pull apart.Disrupts stagnant patterns.Challenges old ways of thinking and invites creativity and innovation.Drives self-reflection, rather than blame and irresponsibility.Motivates outward focus. Turning inward without turning outward is organizational suicide. Don’t hunker down and ride it out.Purifies mission. Is it time to get back to basics?Provides an enemy. Defeating enemies energizes armies."
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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Sometimes you need to go beyond listening.
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This is an excellent post and well worth the effort of reading and reflecting upon the contents. Listening is a good start and the additional three points made in this post build of being open to the views of others. Raising topics that are known to be contentious, teaching the skills of speaking candidly and listening well and finally and possibly most importantly, letting go of ego in discussions. The last is often easy to say and much harder to do! As a colleague has said to me, 'being open to our own frailties is the right challenge'.

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

Via Gust MEES
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When I first read these ideas for learning through humility, I thought these would be tough to implement well, but not so difficult if you are also working on being a good listener at the same time. Given, I have just started a new position, being a good listener and observer is critical to success.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 10, 11:36 AM
Humility makes sense. Socrates knew that he was ignorant, and therefor was ready to learn. If I think that I already know a thing, or do not need to know a thing, then my mind is closed to it. All learning starts from a point of ignorance, and then move to greater approximations of understanding until mastery.
Srimayee Dam's comment, July 10, 11:43 AM
Absolutely! Most are unable to do so, unwilling to learn .. Being ignorant is fine, but lack of humility won't ever help
umh1467's curator insight, July 11, 4:57 AM

Es evidente que sólo si crees que puedes aprender lo harás.

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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The same research as I have mentioned earlier but presented in a little more detail and in a format that is more useful for an educator's context.

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Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.

Via Gust MEES
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It is becoming clearer that it is important that we do not lose  handwriting as a skill! Strong positive neural development in a child is far more important than adeptness in using digital technologies. If research continues to support these initial studies many educators will need to reflect and possibly readjust.

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Vanesa Juarez's curator insight, June 9, 8:48 AM

No és una crítica a les noves tecnologies, però hi ha coses que potser s'haurien de continuar aprenent com abans: "Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information."

ChristopherBell's curator insight, June 12, 8:30 PM

This is an ongoing discussion between my English Teacher friend and I.  I think the real question is why are we still teaching keyboarding??

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 2:57 PM

New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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» 10 Tips for Good Cross-Cultural Communications Intercultural Talk: Stereotypes in Advertising, Intercultural Communications, Multicultural Parenting

» 10 Tips for Good Cross-Cultural Communications Intercultural Talk: Stereotypes in Advertising, Intercultural Communications, Multicultural Parenting | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Engaging and delighting in cultural difference

 

Remember the old adage ‘the best way to remember your story is to tell the truth?’  Well, it’s the same with Intercultural Communications.  The best way to interact with others is to be keenly aware of yourself…but also hyper sensitive and receptive to the individuality and autonomous experience of others around you.

 
Via Gust MEES
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These are good points to use in cross cultural understandings but also in dealing with all people.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, June 9, 1:40 AM

 Be open to learning, and learn to teach without being judgmental or making the learner feel embarrassed.  Remember Emerson (sic) Everyone is my master because I can learn something from everyone.

Empowerment's curator insight, June 10, 10:10 AM

Encore une fois, la clé de la relation repose sur l'écoute et le confort avec ce que l'on est soit même ... 

ANA's curator insight, June 10, 12:01 PM

Comunicación intercultural

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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching

A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

British philosopher, mathematician, historia
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These points are mostly about honesty, confidence and integrity, although they could be improved by adding that admitting you were wrong when so is an excellent trait to model.

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Winning with Leadership's Greatest Danger

Winning with Leadership's Greatest Danger | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'Success destroys leaders by encouraging them to repeat the past. Leadership is always about the future. Repetition: Repeating the past prevents you from building on it. Success confirms and solidifies, then it destroys.'

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An interesting post in relation to school leadership where repeating past success is often seen as exactly what should be done! There is some truth in saying that children and young adults in schools need continuity and consistency for their successful development. Yet there is also truth in saying that we should:

- examine success as much as we examine failure and check for its continued usefulness.

- providing consistency and continuity is not the same as 'drifting'

- do not assume that repeating the past will create the future most appropriate for children and young adults.

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10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership

10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Where taking ownership prevails: Organizational mission feels right. Compelling mission drives organizations where taking ownership rises above sleazy manipulation. But, where mission is obscure, people just go through the motions...."

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The ten hints at developing ownership in an organisation are 'rough gems'. The concept at the base of each hint is pure and reasonable, but the semantics comes across as a little negative. I also have some reservations about the implementation of some of the concepts. The ambiguity and complexity of real world relationships and contexts makes some of these concepts good 'lights' guiding the way rather than a 'road map' to adhere to in your leadership journey.

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Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology

Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"There is no significant linear connection between the use of digital technologies and enhanced student attainment. It is time to appreciate the traditional, simplistic way of looking at  the impact of digital technology on student learning has to fundamentally change and for all associated with schools to understand that the impact of digital technology on student learning can be profound if a suitable school ecology is created." Mal Lee

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There is much written about the positive effects of a good school culture and how it is difficult to attain. The reverse also holds true and a negative school culture is deleterious to a child's development and a good culture can be easily lost. Mal lee has made the key connection between between school culture and expectation and the embedding of good digital thinking and practice in a school environment. Bravo Mal!

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, Today, 4:49 AM

Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, Today, 4:49 AM

Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

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10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The How To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic presents how you can curate your own professional learning community.
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"Educators are no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so they can get into what really interests them, even if the expert is on the other side of the globe, and their colleagues are scattered about and have never met in person. Everyone has a personal, professional learning community, and curating that group of people takes some time and effort.

Don’t be afraid to do some hard work and make some mistakesFigure out what you want to learn about, and join discussions on these topicsParticipate in the discussions! Show you are a thought leaderTalk to your colleagues who are interested in collaboratingDon’t be afraid to build a new community of colleagues onlineTake an online course or watch some instructional videosStart a blog or other outlet to share your ideas and thoughts – start building an audienceTalk to a ton of thought leaders – on Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora, etcAttend meetups and conferencesKeep in touch with the new people you meet!"
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Two Steps and Four Landmines

Two Steps and Four Landmines | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Blazing new trails is tougher than staying where you are. We usually chose escalating frustration over the perils of moving forward. There are two steps in forward movement." Stepping towards a defined new goal is harder than stepping away from a problem...

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'Peter Drucker said it best, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”'

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Make Mistakes - Avoid Screw Ups

Make Mistakes - Avoid Screw Ups | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Anyone who says mistakes are no big deal needs an attitude adjustment. When you celebrate the wrong mistake it's a strong negative. The way you handle mistakes makes or breaks leadership....

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"Celebrate learning experiences; take action to prevent screw ups."

 

There is an important difference between errors made in learning and developing and unacceptable mistakes or just plain bad decisions. Crime, lying, backstabbing and unethical decisions fall into the last category of bad decisions and consequences flow from these decisions. Repeated errors, sabotage and neglect are unacceptable mistakes.

 

Mistakes made while learning to change or improve, develop or grow new skills should be seen as an investment in the future.

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Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework?

Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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"As teachers we have the choice to calculate homework into a grade or not.  Most teachers I know have homework as a small percentage of a students overall performance, yet many of the report card conversations between teachers, parents and students, from my experience and as shared with by many other teachers, revolve around the topic of missing or late homework.  Now I don't believe that something should be changed to avoid a conversation, but these conversations can often become distractors or points of contention between parent and student, student and teacher and teacher and parent, thus creating problems in partnerships that are vital to real learning. These homework conversations are another draw away from the important conversation about learning, true student needs and areas of growth."

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(INFOGRAPHIC) Mindfulness Meditation - Prevention - Depression

(INFOGRAPHIC) Mindfulness Meditation - Prevention - Depression | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Research continues to emerge linking mindfulness based meditation to better physical and mental health. Here are the many reasons you should start living in the...
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As one who has meditated for the last 25 years, I can recommend its beneficial effects. I hope I have also become a little 'wiser' with age anyway. My experience suggests meditating regularly, not looking for positive effects and not being judgmental in terms of 'cost/benefit', is prudent.

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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be
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This shift looks very attractive at first glance. I expect that movement in this direction will be less clear cut than that implied by this visual representation. Discussions with young adults especially recent graduates in the workforce would suggest this shift has started.

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"We’re not all that far along in understanding how learning, teaching, and technology interact in the classroom. Institutions should certainly enable faculty to experiment with new technology, but should also approach all potential classroom intruders with a healthy dose of skepticism, and resist the impulse to always implement the new, trendy thing out of our fear of being left behind."


Via Chris Carter
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The key to the use of any technology, laptop or pen and paper to name two, is a focus on the nature, quality and quantity of the learning. That focus should make clear what is to be learned and then judge how well it has been learned. Any uses of technologies should support the learning goals.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 6, 9:59 PM

The other voice. Ban computers so that our boring lectures cannot be as easily or as obviously ignored. Force kids to once again daydream rather than do something as shockingly dull as pay attention to our prattling on about things of which the kids are not interested. And they will daydream, doodle, or drool. Why? Because we cannot capture their imaginations nor challenge their intellects with droning lectures. BTW, ban laptops and surreptitious smart phones will find their way into young hands.

Let's not challenge ourselves to use the power of the tools available. That would be too burdensome. Rather, let us continue to do what we have always done. It gives us a feeling of satisfaction, and it is easier to repeat ourselves than to demonstrate the skill of lifelong learning. I suppose that task should be left for others to do. Sheeeesh!

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, June 13, 5:18 PM

Them's fighting words! Actually, a balanced view.

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10 Things Young Leaders Need to Succeed

10 Things Young Leaders Need to Succeed | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The Success of young leaders is the future of organizations. Old leaders, who cling to leadership, limit their legacy. Act like you’ll be gone next year. Rigor: Call for commitment. The image below...
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Older leaders could use these too!

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5 Important Things To Teach Students About The Brain - Edudemic

5 Important Things To Teach Students About The Brain - Edudemic | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
We’re all used to the term ‘21st century’ popping up in education articles, social media, and even in school staff rooms. It’s become normal to refer to yourself as a 21st century teacher, teaching in a 21st century classroom, using 21st century teaching methods that are centered on your 21st century students. While this popular …

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Oh so true! Great read.

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What the SAMR model really means (to me)

What the SAMR model really means (to me) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." Barack Obama ...

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Key words -

"However,  I probably differ from most people who refer to Puentedura when I point out that his model also helps us understand when not to use technology.

In my view, we should continue to see the SAMR model as a very valuable framework that allows teachers to understand the true value of technology integration, which is the design and development of new ways to teach and learn that were “previously inconceivable”.

Using digital technology merely as a functional substitute for something that clearly does not require its use only helps to fuel the claims of those opposed to the use of technology in schools that technology does not add value to learning. So, I encourage you to take a second look at SAMR and think like no-one has thought before."

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The New Principal on the Block

The New Principal on the Block | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Joanne Rooney, former codirector of the Midwest Principals’ Center and a mentor for principals, shares insights from her article, “For Principals: Planning the First Year,” in the Summer 2013 digital-only issue of Educational Leadership. Are you a principal who’ll lead a school new to you this September? Here are actions you can take. Remember, YOU are the new kid on the block. Earning trust is your first order of business. Establish relationships. Get to know and show respect for teachers—their lives, their hopes and fears. Share your stories so you are seen as human as well as the principal. Extend yourself to bus drivers, lunch room staff, and custodians. The village it takes to raise a child consists of all its citizens. Learn the culture. Tread lightly on your new turf. Honor established customs, rituals, and practices. Consult teachers. Ask as many teachers as you can two key questions: “What should we absolutely keep in this school?” and “What might we improve?” Don’t change everything. Sacred cows are hidden everywhere. Dishonoring an established custom can be a major setback for the new principal. Pick your battles carefully. Distinguish those that directly affect the welfare of kids from minor skirmishes. Delegate. Unless you want a 70-hour week, give responsibilities to others where possible. However, “the buck stops here” applies. Plan to stay. Using the principalship as a way to increase your monthly paychecks or as a stepping stone to “climb the ladder” is a breach of trust to those you serve as leader. If these things happen, they should be a result of sterling leadership—not a planned strategy. Establish relationships. . . . Or, did I say this already?
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To be honest much of this applies whether you are new or not!

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, June 5, 1:22 PM

This is a MUST READ for new principals!