March 2015 Issue

Administration & Leadership

Six Strategies for Being More Skillful in Influencing Others

JenniferAbrams

With Jennifer Abrams

The most successful school leaders don’t lead by the authority of their position alone. They rely on a toolbox of skills to influence the diverse group of stakeholders with whom they work in order to gain commitment and support for their ideas. Communications expert Jennifer Abrams joins us to provide six strategies that will enable school leaders to be more skillful in influencing others. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Leveraging Social Media to Engage with Parents and Communities

Brad Currie

With Brad Currie

Technology and web tools give school leaders remarkable leverage to connect beyond the walls of the school building, but few schools really leverage the full power of social media to engage school stakeholders. To talk about the benefits of engaging more fully with parents and community, we’re joined by social media expert Brad Currie, author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

How Expert Principals Make Difficult Decisions

Dionne McLaughlin

With Dionne McLaughlin

On a daily basis, principals are called on to make complex decisions, manage crises, and navigate tough choices. What factors do expert principals take into account when making difficult decisions? Dionne McLaughlin, an experienced former principal and author of Insights: How Expert Principals Make Difficult Decisions, joins us to discuss. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Rethinking Purchasing: A Strategic Approach to Spending Money Wisely

Jim Smith

With Jim Smith

The process by which schools purchase materials, supplies and equipment represents a real opportunity for school leader to spend their budgets more strategically and stretch existing dollars. Jim Smith, co-author of the book Spending Money Wisely joins us to provide a variety of strategies and tips that can help lead to significant savings for districts and schools. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Confronting the Change Challengers: Getting Support for New Initiatives

Cathie West

With Cathie West

While the majority of teachers are eager to embrace change that leads to school improvement, there are always those who, for many reasons, resist change. It’s vitally important that school leaders address these “change challengers,” though, because they can otherwise undermine new initiatives. To address the topic we’re joined by Cathie West, an award winning and distinguished former principal. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Leadership Coaching for School Leaders

Karla Reiss

With Karla Reiss

Karla Reiss, award-winning author of Leadership Coaching for Educators: Bringing Out the Best in School Administrators, joins us to explain how coaching can yield powerful results for schools and why the key to making change stick is for every school leader to develop competent coaching skills and understand how to adopt a coaching style of leadership. Continue

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