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9 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

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Great leaders are hard to come by, let alone become. Here are 9 things they do every day.

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‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com

‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com | school improvement process | Scoop.it

It’s been a bad week for teachers unions — what with a California judge tossing out state statutes providing job protections for teachers and attendant publicity, including an article in Politico Pro with the headline, “The Fall of Teachers’ Unions‘. But let’s face it: Headlines have been screaming for years that teachers unions were “under siege.”

 

A 2013 Education Week commentary with the headline “The Plight of Teachers’ Unions” says:

 

'Teachers’ unions are under siege nationwide. Criticism by political leaders and education reformers has snowballed. In recent years, government and unions have battled over tenure, teacher assessment, testing, the length of the school day, class size, school closures, and pay for performance.'

 

A 2013 headline in the Hechinger Report said, “Under siege—and in bid to stay relevant—teacher unions evolve.”

 

A 2012 story in The New York Times about a teachers strike in Chicago (which, incidentally, didn’t turn out terribly for the teachers) says, “In Standoff, Latest Sign of Unions Under Siege.”

 

Indeed, teachers unions are facing unprecedented stress as the teaching profession has come under assault from those who want to take away their job protections and cast them as the biggest problems in student underachievement, but all unions in general face stresses for a variety of reasons. In fact, union membership in this country has been falling since 1947, when the Taft-Hartley Act, an anti-union law, was passed.  

 

While it is certainly true that unions were very late in recognizing that they needed to make changes in their views on issues such as teacher evaluation, it would be simplistic to say that unions are doing themselves in all on their own. A shift in the base of the Democratic Party — traditionally a friend to the labor movement — toward Wall Street hasn’t helped.

 

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Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence - Innovation Excellence (blog)

Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence - Innovation Excellence (blog) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence
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The methodologies that help us achieve process excellence; would that help us reach our own personal excellence?
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What Makes a Great School Leader?

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This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for

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Will California's Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools?

Will California's Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A judge said the state discriminates against poor and minority students by protecting the jobs of ineffective instructors. What will this mean for education?
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The Three C’s for Improving Employee Morale

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Morale. Satisfaction. Engagement. Motivation. While these squishy terms represent attributes that are difficult to quantify with scientific precision, few would

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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.pdf

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While times change and technology marches for-ward, the principles of leadership are constant and standthe test of time. There are four ideas to keep in mind aswe explore The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership."


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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids - Huffington Post

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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids Huffington Post Pearson executives Sir Michael Barber, Saad Rizvi and John Fallon call their global market strategy "The Incomplete Guide To Delivering Learning Outcomes." Fallon, Pearson CEO, has been with the company...
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Cities Can’t Wait When it Comes to Early Learning

Cities Can’t Wait When it Comes to Early Learning | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A remarkable thing is happening. Local leaders in cities across the country are plowing ahead — in some areas, without additional funding from federal or state governments — and making commitments to quality early education.
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Start with a Theory, Not a Strategy - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Start with a Theory, Not a Strategy
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Well-crafted strategies are road maps to places that yield competitive advantage and generate value for the firm. But once you've arrived, they don't take you anyplace else.
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Simon Sinek on the importance of the work environment

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Central to the hypothesis of my book The 8 Step Guide to Building a Social Workplace is the notion that as human beings we are excellent at adapting to our

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PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change | school improvement process | Scoop.it

If there is one thing I have learned in my twenty plus years as an educator it is this - The best leaders are able to influence us in positive ways regardless of how long we have been in education.  And there lies the beauty in what we do. Admittedly, most of what I believe in, model my ideas from, and emulate who I aspire to be like has been profoundly impacted by people I genuinely admire and respect. They are my "influencers." They are people just like you and me who have shaped my fundamental belief system in what it means to be a teacher. Whether I have known them for years, months, or only days, the power of time and knowledge doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care. What it does care about is how another person’s words, beliefs, and/or actions move us to want to take our own action. In other words, they influence us and move us in a way that makes us strive to want to influence others in a similar way.  


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Congress' assignment: school reform. Why not start with No Child Left Behind? - Los Angeles Times

Congress' assignment: school reform. Why not start with No Child Left Behind? - Los Angeles Times | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Congress' assignment: school reform. Why not start with No Child Left Behind?
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Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring — as it has for years — is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A new report argues that the way to attract and hold onto high quality school leaders is to give them more autonomy, administrative support, and a $100,000 raise.

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How to Help an Underperformer | Harvard Business Review

How to Help an Underperformer | Harvard Business Review | school improvement process | Scoop.it
First, see if you’re the problem.

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A Principal's Reflections: Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter

A Principal's Reflections: Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter | school improvement process | Scoop.it

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Design how you will measure success toward your goals, then do what you can to see you move toward them.

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Are You Creating Value Through Your Leadership?

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As leaders, we understand the value of our vision or change initiatives. But can we say that our employees share that same sense of value?

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Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

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Not all leaders need to be extroverted. Learn why some of the best fall on the introverted side of the spectrum.

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Life changing Leadership Theory - The 4 Critical indicators in Leading Change & The Management of Change


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15 Qualities Of A Transformational Change Agent

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My colleagues and I are often asked to ‘decode’ the process of business transformation and provide the repeatable ‘formula’ for success. I guess this is understandable given that widely quoted statistic – you know the one – that 70% of all change efforts fail. In a way, this interest in our work is very humbling.… Read the rest of this post & join the discussion →

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Are you a transformational Change Agent?  Clarifying post

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 13, 2014 11:29 AM

Transforming leadership and other leading which is related i.e. adaptive and servant are so complex they cannot be turned into 7 habits, 3 feature, and 15 qualities. What happens is they turn into easy talking points which fill the air and resolve nothing. That is why 70% of change efforts (fixed and linear plans are counter to real change) fail. We think we can create formula and recipes for change when it requires being present in the planning and change process in a dialogic manner.

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Why You Hate Work

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Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.

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Sharrock's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:24 AM

excerpt: "A 2012 global work force study of 32,000 employees by the consulting company Towers Watson found that the traditional definition of engagement — the willingness of employees to voluntarily expend extra effort — is no longer sufficient to fuel the highest levels of performance. Willing, it turns out, does not guarantee able. Companies in the Towers Watson study with high engagement scores measured in the traditional way had an operating margin of 14 percent. By contrast, companies with the highest number of “sustainably engaged” employees had an operating margin of 27 percent, nearly three times those with the lowest traditional engagement scores."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 2014 11:59 AM

Not only do we hate work, we hate the commute to and from our work. I told colleagues I would teach for 1/2 the price. That was the wrong thing to say to other teachers. Apparently, even limited altruism is not welcome. When we work for money, it is inevitable that we will become unhappy. When we work for the love of what we do, we find ways to overcome the obstacles.

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Black educator: Is the education reform movement too white? - Washington Post (blog)

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11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED

11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"There's a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habit of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one thing in common: they make your job harder."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 30, 2014 9:09 PM

These make so much sense... :-)

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 31, 2014 1:45 PM

Each point makes sense. Teachers who build relationships with students, are creative in teaching, learn from each other, and allow silence to happen provide ways for learning to happen that are not common.

niftyjock's curator insight, June 1, 2014 6:22 PM

Or don't make your assessments googlable 

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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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The Work of Effective Middle Grades Principals: Responsiveness and Relationship

The Work of Effective Middle Grades Principals: Responsiveness and Relationship | school improvement process | Scoop.it

The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze middle grades principals' perceptions of effective school leadership. We focus within this article on leadership dispositions in particular, in the interest of space and because the domain remains particularly unexamined within the middle grades literature. We begin with a brief overview of related research and the theoretical framework that grounds our study. We then describe the qualitative methodology employed to pursue our purpose. Next we examine two key areas of our findings on middle grades leadership dispositions: developmental responsiveness and relationship. Finally, we consider the implications of this work for policy, practice and future research.


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Patti Kinney's curator insight, May 27, 2014 2:35 PM

It was fun to discover a book that Sue Swaim and I co-authored was quoted in this study!