January 2015 Issue

Administration & Leadership

Five Important Steps for Hiring Effective Teachers

Mary Clement

With Mary Clement

While hiring good teachers has always been more of an art than a science, Mary Clement insists it doesn’t have to be that way. Clement is one of the country's leading experts on the teacher hiring process and and in this segment she outlines for school leaders five of the most important steps for hiring effective teachers. Continue

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Digital Learning & Technology

Blended Learning: Harnessing Innovation to Improve Schools

Heather Staker

With Heather Staker

Blended learning is one of the hottest trends in schools all over the country. It's even been predicted that within a few years more than 50% of all high school courses will be taught online. To talk about the state of blended learning in schools today, the benefits for students and schools, and to explore the ways in which blended learning is transforming education, we’re joined by Heather Staker, one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Three Ways To Use Assessments More Effectively

Barbara Blackburn

With Barbara Blackburn

Assessment is integral to the teaching–learning process, and when done well can facilitate student learning and improved instruction. To provide several strategies for using assessment more effectively to raise student achievement, we’re joined by bestselling author and consultant, Barbara Blackburn. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Ensuring More Students Read On Grade Level

Nathan Levenson

With Nate Levenson

Ensuring that more students read on grade level is a goal of all school leaders, but how do you get improved student outcomes without additional spending? In this segment, Nate Levenson explains why schools need to conduct an inventory of all current reading efforts and reading funding, and outlines several key strategic recommendations that will ensure that more students get the help they need to read at grade level. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Strategies for School Leaders Effective & Ethical Human Relations and the Principal's Role as Instructional Leader

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With Pam Robbins and Harvey Alvy

Pam Robbins and Harvey Alvy, co-authors of The Principal’s Companion: Strategies to Lead Schools for Student and Teacher Success, join us to explain why displaying effective and ethical human relations are the key to leadership success at every level, and discuss the principal’s role as instructional leader, enhancing teacher growth through supervision and evaluation practices to promote student learning. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Helping Students to Excel in School and Life

Brad Johnson

With Brad Johnson

Are we adequately preparing students for life once they leave school? Brad Johnson sees a real need to help students develop the essential skills they need for success in life. In this segment he discusses how schools can develop leadership skills in students, the importance of competition, and how to help boys become better readers. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Powering Up Professional Development with Edcamp

Kristen Swanson

With Kristen Swanson

Built on the principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp is a form of “unconference” that is increasingly becoming a popular way for teachers to access authentic and meaningful professional learning. To explain what Edcamp is and it's benefits, we're joined by educational technology expert Kristen Swanson. Continue

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