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Teacher Support: Most Important Factor for Common Core Success

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Practices that are helping to create an environment conducive to a successful transition to the new standards.

What all three approaches have in common, according to the report, is an emphasis on making the teacher the center of the transformation by:

First ensuring that the significance of the changeover to Common Core State Standards is understood by teachers in terms of the need for dramatic changes to teaching styles, from drill to exploration;Ensuring that "teachers are at the front of the movement and working together to lead their own improvement toward shared, ambitious goals"; andMaking certain teachers are provided with adequate "structures, time, and resources required to sustain the many years and many cycles of inquiry and improvement necessary to achieve the new bar for student learning" with the understanding that the process of improvement will take place over many years, not overnight.
Via Mel Riddile
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New principals: Are you struggling with the implementation of Common Core?  Don't overlook this very important premise: your TEACHERS are the key to its success!

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Book Review: I'm in the Principal's Seat, Now What?

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This book describes how team-building and relationships enable student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
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This might be a great read for the holiday break!

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This could be a great read for the holiday break!

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Parent response can hinder police during a school crisis - Standard-Examiner

Parent response can hinder police during a school crisis - Standard-Examiner | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Top of Utah school districts are reaching out to parents to help navigate one of the biggest problems that occur when it comes to crisis situations at school: How parents respond.
A parent’s first response is often attempting to call...
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Does your school's crisis plan take this into consideration?  Working with parents on this in the PLANNING phase could save time, stress, and perhaps lives in  he future.  

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The Principal's Checklist | Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals

The Principal's Checklist | Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
The Principal's Checklist | Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals http://t.co/Aw2svyKQQL

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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These checklists are SO GOOD: Hats off to MASSP for the great work they have done!  

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, December 16, 2:09 PM

This is a great place to start: THANKS Michigan ASSP for the great insights. You are helping new principals everywhere!  Here is January 2015! http://mymassp.com/files/principals%20checklist-January14-15.pdf 

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Administrators: Keep Balance in Your Life!

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A little over a year ago, I published a blog post on ASCD Edge about what I termed the “Administrative Tightrope”.  The post focused on the need for balance, and how it is very easy to get swept up...
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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, December 9, 11:05 AM

The pre-holiday energy and chaos in your school can make 'balance' a huge challenge.  Check this out!

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Developing Teacher Leaders

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This is a link to the NASSP Center for New Principals website; GREAT resources for developing teacher leaders. Do you have additional resources?  Tweet them to me @newprincipals and I will get them posted!

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Forget Faculty Meetings: Focus on Professional Leadership

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Here is an approach to professional development  and collaborative leadership that is sure to make you reconsider the traditional faculty meeting

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AASA :: Feature: Technology and Social Media (Murley)

AASA :: Feature: Technology and Social Media (Murley) | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Social media--a significant tool for 21st-century school leaders to maintain positive relationships http://t.co/tcH1ByuU8R @iowacityschools
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What are superintendents hearing about social media?  Here is what was featured by AASA; it might be direction-setting for your boss.

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edWeb: A professional online community for educators

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edWeb is a free online community for professional educators, offering networking, resource sharing, collaboration, and professional development webinars.
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Check out the new NASSP discussion forum at http://home.edweb.net/  ;Log in (it's FREE)> browse communities>NewPrincipals Network

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Publications for New Principals

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Publications for New Principals
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There are a number of excellent articles here that could be of special importance for new principals:  Collaboration, Decision Making,  Professional Development,  Survival skills...take a look!

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.
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I especially like the 5th question...........critical for new principals!  Frankly, even the most experienced need to do that; read on!

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School Leaders Matter: Measuring the impact of effective principals | Eric A. Hanushek

School Leaders Matter: Measuring the impact of effective principals | Eric A. Hanushek | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Here is some useful research on the impact of school leadership. http://t.co/xvSrJIFz7n
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Don't ever wonder if YOU are making a difference!  "....results indicate that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year; ineffective principals lower achievement by the same amount."

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What Effective Principals Do

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What Effective Principals Do
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Sometimes when the going gets tough, basic reminders such as this can help. It's October; for many new principals the honeymoon seems almost over, and it is time to refocus on who you are and what you believe. This will help.

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Finding Balance in School Leadership

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We posted this several weeks ago, but just in case you have been too busy to look at it, the upcoming break might be the perfect time. You are not the only principal struggling with 'balance'; this edition of Principal Leadership offers many insights, resources, and ideas.  It is well worth the read, and is free!

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We posted this several weeks ago, but just in case you have been too busy to look at it, the upcoming break might be the perfect time. You are not the only principal struggling with 'balance'; this edition of Principal Leadership offers many insights, resources, and ideas.  It is well worth the read, and is free!

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The Essentials of School Leadership

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This book provides a focused up-to-date introduction to the current themes and dimensions of educational leadership through contributions from some of the leading authors in the field from the United States, Canada, and the U.K. Each chapter introduces the reader to a key aspect or theory of leadership, which the authors then apply to the educational setting. This edition includes a new chapter on Developing Leadership, chapter objectives and summaries, vignettes and examples, and suggestions for further reading.
NASSP Center for New Principals's insight:

There are a number of well respected, powerful authors contributing to this book.  It might be a good read for you as you take a break from school and 'regroup' as a new leader.  

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Top tips for developing your leadership style - YouTube

What is your leadership style? Has it evolved over time? Do you adopt different styles for different situations? As a leader, your style at work has an impac...
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As a new principal, you are most certainly still defining your leadership style, or perhaps even discovering it.  There are a number of videos here that will help you continue in that process.  But remember, as a leader, your style should always be evolving and improving, never stagnant or perfected!

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The Leadership Learner

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The Leadership Learner, by Darin Eich, Ph.D.: Daily articles for those interested in leadership development
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This site does daily updates on leadership: there are various resources, videos,, blogs and articles.  Although there is not a special section for 'education", I found that clicking on 'more' and dropping down to #leadership took me to a number of worthwhile items.  Give it a try!

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Archived Educational Leadership

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Did you know that these archives of past issues of "Educational Leadership"  are available on line for ASCD members and non-,members? This is an excellent publication and definitely one you want to have at your fingertips when problem solving, looking for good resources, or exploring best practices.  Bookmark it for sure!

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The Top 5 Reasons Employees Quit - Huffington Post

The Top 5 Reasons Employees Quit - Huffington Post | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Employees leave when they perceive their work environment as an unhealthy one.
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New teacher turnover hurts schools, students, achievement and the dreams of new teachers.  Be sure your new teacher induction program is structured to prevent this.

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Avoid homework stress - Shreveport Times

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School is in full swing with the first six weeks of review from last year behind us. Now, the kids are learning new things and we are entering into the rush of the holiday season.
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You'll want to share this with the parents of kids in your school. No one does well under too much stress!

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5 Questions That Will Help You Be a Better Leader - Jesse Lyn Stoner

5 Questions That Will Help You Be a Better Leader - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Consider these questions to uncover some assumptions that might be interfering with your ability to act on your good intentions to be a better leader.
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These questions are worth asking yourself, and answering!  

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Take a look at the EdWeb webinar Dec 8: the focus is on time management for new principals.  It looks great!

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NASSP Center for New Principals's insight:

Take a look at the EdWeb webinar Dec 8: the focus is on time management for new principals.  It looks great!

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The Eight Characteristics Of Effective School Leaders

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Every leader is different, but successful school leaders share a number of key qualities. Here they are.

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, October 22, 10:05 PM

This blog is based on some quality research.  

Here is the link to one of the original research studies http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linking-Leadership-Student-Learning-Leithwood/dp/0470623314 

NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, October 22, 10:08 PM

This article is grounded in 2 well researched studies that are linked in the article. Critical point: " The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership..... "

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10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter - A.J. Juliani

10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter - A.J. Juliani | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
I’m the new guy at our school district, and this is my first administrative role in a school. Let me first say that it is a lot of hard work, but it is also a lot of fun connecting with new teachers, administrators, and an entire community.

Via Patti Kinney
NASSP Center for New Principals's insight:

Good ideas here: also join the community and follow the NASSP Center for New Principals on Twitter @newprincipals.  Lots of resources and ideas posted every week!

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 23, 12:30 PM

A nice overview of things to get you started using Twitter. Outreach and communication are important connections we make with stakeholders. Here, a new principal shares some easy ways to get going.

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The Eight Characteristics Of Effective School Leaders

The Eight Characteristics Of Effective School Leaders | Nuts and Bolts for New Principals | Scoop.it
Every leader is different, but successful school leaders share a number of key qualities. Here they are.
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This article is grounded in 2 well researched studies that are linked in the article. Critical point: " The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership..... "

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, October 22, 10:05 PM

This blog is based on some quality research.  

Here is the link to one of the original research studies http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linking-Leadership-Student-Learning-Leithwood/dp/0470623314