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The True Test of Leadership - Forbes

The True Test of Leadership - Forbes | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
For my last column in January, I decided to update a piece I published in late 2010 -- I also consider it to be the most important work I've authored…it applies to all of us.
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Want to grow as a leader? Let go of being the “go-to person”

Want to grow as a leader? Let go of being the “go-to person” | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
Scott Eblin is an executive coach, a speaker, a blogger and the author of “The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.” You can learn more about him and read his blog at Eblin Group. Or follow him on Twitter: @scotteblin.
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Q.E.D. Foundation - Choices for learning; choices for life

Q.E.D. Foundation - Choices for learning; choices for life | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
Q.E.D. Foundation is an organization of adults and youth working together to create and sustain student-centered learning communities.
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An Opportunity for Feedback

An Opportunity for Feedback

Ron McAllister is a principal devoted to doing whatever it takes. He believes in learning for everyone and in continuous improvement. He seeks your views on his work so he can design a plan for his own professional development.

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The Walk-About

A new idea I am batting about is what I call The Walk-About.  Many thanks to my trusted colleague Donna for listening to my crazy-ish idea this morning and helping me sort it out.  Well, its not ...
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So, is it different?

6 months ago, I moved across our district to a new office, transitioning from Assistant Principal to Principal. For the first time since taking on this new role, I’ve had time to catch up with fa...
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5 Things Educators Must Do

The break for the holidays has arrived, and if you are like me, you're looking forward to taking some time away. Connecting with friends, eating dinner at a reasonable hour, and sleeping past 5:15 ...
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Successful School Leaders Today Need to Harness Technology & Social Media | Powerful Learning Practice

Successful School Leaders Today Need to Harness Technology & Social Media | Powerful Learning Practice | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
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Words Matter | Blinders

Blinders. From Google:   define blinders :   1.  A pair of small leather screens attached to a horse's bridle to prevent it seeing sideways and behind.   2.  Something that prevents someone from gaining a full understanding of a situation.
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Justin Tarte - Life of an Educator...: School leadership that works...

Justin Tarte - Life of an Educator...: School leadership that works... | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it

If you are anything like me, you like to read blog posts. You enjoy reading what educators believe in, as well as the philosophies they are trying to share with others. What I enjoy even more, are the blog posts that provide concrete examples of how educators put their beliefs and philosophies into practice. This is what leads me to this blog post on leadership. As a new administrator, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting upon my leadership qualities, and the impact I am having on Poplar Bluff Junior High School. Here are my concrete examples of school leadership that work:

 

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Performance Indicators for Effective Principal Leadership in Improving Student Achievement

Effective principals are strong educators, anchoring their work on central issues of learning and teaching and continuous school improvement.

 

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Respect the Process!

There are hundreds of great ideas that could improve a school organization, thought of by dedicated professionals every day. Then, there is the actual implementation of those great ideas. Between t...
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Shift Your Classroom: Small Strategic Steps | Powerful Learning Practice

Shift Your Classroom: Small Strategic Steps | Powerful Learning Practice | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it

I’ve come to describe my shifted classroom as an inquiry-driven, project-based, tech-embedded environment. But that’s not where I started.

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration

Creating a Culture of Collaboration | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
  picture: thevarguy.com   Last night I had the opportunity to participate in two great chats.
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Why Aren't School Leaders More Like Doctors? | Scholastic.com

Why Aren't School Leaders More Like Doctors? | Scholastic.com | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from training in the medical profession can also aid ailing schools.
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Derek L. McCoy: Shift and Reflection

Derek L. McCoy: Shift and Reflection | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it

Our @edfocus group wrapped up our book share on John Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction Wednesday night. I always enjoy our discussions and this one did not disappoint [@MrBernia gives some great insight into the book]. I'm appreciative of the discussions and challenging viewpoints of the group. Its these kinds of experiences and on-going pd that help grow educators.

 

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More Than A Resumé

More Than A Resumé | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it

You have education and enthusiasm.
Do you know how to translate that to employment?

 

It’s about knowing yourself, so employers will know you’re right for their job. You need a plan to present yourself in a way that connects your unique strengths, qualities and past experiences with the expectations of the professional world.

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Change Things Up With Novelty Learning

Change Things Up With Novelty Learning | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it
Research has shown that novelty—trying something new or exploring a different path—boosts learning, writes a principal. Sometimes all it takes is rearranging the desks.
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Harvard Education Letter: Rating Your Teacher Team - Five Conditions for Effective Teams

Schools are now playing catch-up in the world of teaming, but just putting teachers into teams doesn’t always yield the hoped-for outcomes. While most teams are able to accomplish low-level tasks such as organizing field trips and planning bulletin board displays, they often fail to accomplish the higher-level goal of improving teaching and learning.

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The Ultimate Gift

The Ultimate Gift | My Dream Job: Elementary Principal | Scoop.it

Every year, before winter break, I make it a habit to give my teachers a small gift to express my deep appreciation for what they do every day. Maybe it is movie passes or a gift card to their favorite restaurant along with a hand written card. If I could do more, I would. As leaders, I think we all would. But what if we could do more? What if there was something? Something that requires much intentional thought, much time, and much energy. I'm talking about “The Ultimate Gift.”

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