November 2014 Issue

Administration & Leadership

The School Leader’s Toolbox: Improving Instructional Leadership Practice

Bryan Harris

With Bryan Harris

In order to be an effective school leader, one needs to be good at both diagnosing problems and coming up with solutions, especially when it comes to teaching and learning. To discuss several important practices that can support building and district leaders in their instructional leadership efforts, we’re joined by Bryan Harris. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Emphasize Unaided Recall and Raise Student Performance

Bob Pauker

With Bob Pauker

Every student has a threshold for retaining information that is presented in the classroom. Understanding that limit is essential if we wish to see positive improvements in student comprehension and higher performance. To provide several proven strategies that school leaders can share with their teachers to help them infuse recall into daily instruction, we are joined by Robert Pauker, a leading instructional consultant. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

5 Ways to Create a More Positive School Climate

Peter DeWitt

With Peter DeWitt

The research overwhelmingly indicates that positive school climate can lead to an improved learning environment and academic achievement at all levels of schooling. Peter DeWitt joins us to explain how school leaders can directly influence the climate in their schools. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Finding Politically Acceptable Ways to Increase Class Size or Teaching Load Freeing up Funds for Strategic Priorities

Nate Levenson

With Nate Levenson

Increasing class size and teaching loads are two topics that many school leaders are usually uncomfortable considering, yet both options offer the potential to free up funds for strategic priorities, while also leading to improved student achievement. Nate Levenson joins us to talk about the surprising benefits for students and teachers that can be achieved with larger classes or teaching loads. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Rethinking Special Education and Minority Students

Beth Harry

With Beth Harry

According to Beth Harry, a professor of special education and chair of the department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, the current process for determining a child’s eligibility for special education is anything but a science. Instead, it’s a series of complex social decisions that begin when the child first starts school. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Supporting Students with Mental Health and Behavioral Challenges

Jessica Minahan

With Jessica Minahan

There is a large divide in our schools today between the growing number of students with mental health and behavioral challenges and the lack of educator training in this area. Behavior expert Jessica Minahan joins us to provide some practical strategies for school leaders and their teachers to address this issue. Continue

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Digital Learning & Technology

The Value of Connected Leadership

Spike Cook

With Spike Cook

What does it mean to be a connected leader and what are the benefits for school leaders? To talk about this important topic, we are joined by Spike Cook, an elementary school principal, a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of connected leadership, and the author of the book Connected Leadership: It’s Just a Click Away. Continue

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