May 2015 Issue

Teaching & Learning

Encouraging Student Voice

Russell Quaglia

With Russell Quaglia

Making a concerted to listen to students can lead to big benefits for both students and schools. When educators take time to listen, they will find that students’ aspirations can drive schools toward exciting new goals, according to Russell Quaglia. Dr. Quaglia is the founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, co-author of the book, Student Voice: The Instrument of Change, and a globally recognized pioneer in the field of education. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Principal Professional Development in the Digital Age

Digital Media

With Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis

Principals today are expected to be transformational leaders, but staying ahead of the curve requires access to relevant professional learning which school leaders rarely have the time or the budget for. Fortunately, according to Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis, free social media tools offer a solution that will enable principals to connect, share, learn and grow as school leaders. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Responding to Staff Misconduct

Cathie West

With Cathie West

Responding to challenges that arise during the day isn’t always easy for school leaders, especially when it comes to a task like stopping staff misconduct. To address that topic, we’re joined by Cathie West, an award-winning educator with more than thirty years of experience as a school principal. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills

James Bellanca

With James Bellanca

Deeper learning is a process that promotes higher-order thinking and problem solving, enabling students to develop the critical thinking skills that will prepare them for college and careers in a global economy. Despite its importance, schools have been slow to embrace deeper learning, focusing instead on preparation for standardized tests. James Bellanca, editor of Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills, joins us to explain why that is a flawed strategy. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Targeting New Investments: Funding a Better Future Despite Declining Resources

Nate Levenson

With Nate Levenson

In the final segment of our year long-focus on helping districts to spend their budgets more prudently, we’re joined by Nate Levenson, President of the District Management Council. In this segment, he outlines a variety of strategies to enable districts to continue to make improvements despite declining resources to do so. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators

Teacher Talking to Student

With Mike Nakkula and Eric Toshalis

Teachers and school leaders can sometimes find adolescence and the behaviors that accompany it to be a real challenge. But making a concerted effort to understand teen behavior will pay big dividends for educators, according to Eric Toshalis and Mike Nakkula, co-authors of Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators. Continue

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