September 2014 Issue

Teaching & Learning

5 Tools for Increasing Rigor in the Classroom

Barbara Blackburn

With Barbara Blackburn

All school leaders understand the importance of increasing rigor in their schools, but what does making classrooms more rigorous really mean? Dr. Barbara Blackburn, one of the country’s leading authorities on the topic of rigor and student motivation, joins us to provide five tools for increasing rigor which school leaders can share with their teachers or look for when doing class observations. Continue

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Digital Learning & Technology

11 Essential Rules for Managing Tech in the Classroom

Matt Gillispie

With Matt Gillispie

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms, it's essential for the success of students that all teachers have a simple set of rules as they use tech devices throughout the day. In this segment, technology expert Matt Gillispie shares his “11 Essential Rules” for managing a 21st century classroom with any technological device. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

The Benefits of Job-Embedded Professional Development

Sally Zepeda

With Sally J. Zepeda

In order to better support their teachers, school leaders must move away from one-size-fits-all professional development activities towards job-embedded learning. To talk about the importance of job-embedded learning and collaboration we’re joined this month by leadership expert Sally Zepeda. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Creating Safe Schools: Addressing Truancy and Out-of-School Suspensions

Franklin Schargel

With Franklin Schargel

Two particularly vexing tasks for many school leaders are dealing with truancy and the suspensions of students. To discuss these important topics and to provide several strategies and tools to address them, we’re joined by Franklin Schargel, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of school dropout prevention, creating positive school cultures, and working with at-risk learners. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Creating a Classroom Culture That Supports the Common Core

Bryan Harris

With Bryan Harris

Bryan Harris, author of the book Creating a Classroom Culture That Supports The Common Core, explains in this segment that if students are to truly succeed with the Common Core, teachers must transform the structure and atmosphere of their classrooms in order to raise the level of rigor, encourage higher-level questioning and critical thinking, and promote academic discussions. Continue

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Digital Learning & Technology

Dumping Textbooks: A Step-by-Step Guide for Migrating to Digital Content

Jonathan Costa

With Jonathan Costa

Digital content offers many benefits for schools compared to print, yet there are numerous barriers preventing schools from fully embracing the transition from textbooks. Jonathan Costa, a leading expert on digital learning, joins us to discuss the strategies that will enable schools to successfully develop the capacity to transition from textbooks to digital alternatives. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Strategies for Managing Class Size to Existing Targets

Nate Levenson

With Nate Levenson

There are many strategies for managing class size that school leaders may not be aware of , especially as it relates to managing them to existing targets. Nate Levenson, co-author of the book, Spending Money Wisely: Getting the Most from School District Budgets, joins us to discuss five ideas for managing class size that school leaders may wish to consider. Continue

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