April 2015 Issue

Administration & Leadership

Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School

Eric Toshalis

With Eric Toshalis

Educators have traditionally responded to oppositional student behavior with a carrot and stick approach, but according to Eric Toshalis, teachers and school leaders need to better understand where student resistance comes from and view it more as an opportunity than something to always be punished. In this segment, Toshalis explains why schools ought to move away from “managing” adolescents to learning how to read their behavior. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Hiring Great Teachers: Why Disposition Matters

Teacher in front of class

With Mark Wasicsko and Michael Chirichello

When interviewing job candidates, schools are almost always more concerned with teaching experience, educational background and subject matter expertise than with a potential hire’s attitude. That’s a mistake, according to Mark Wasicsko and Michael Chirichello, who join us to talk about the importance of disposition in education. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Lowering the Cost of Extended Learning Time: Creating Financial Sustainability

Karla Baehr

With Karla Baehr

Extended learning time can have a meaningfully positive impact on student achievement, but is it possible to lower the cost in order to create financial sustainability for these programs? Karla Baehr, a Senior Advisor at the District Management Council, details a number of cost-effective, affordable, and sustainable strategies to lower costs and increase academic instruction time in this segment. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story

Social Media

With Joseph Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis

Veteran school leaders Joeseph Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis join us this month to talk about the importance of telling your school’s story and to urge their fellow school leaders to do what they have done – to use social media tools to their advantage to effectively create a positive “brand” for their schools. Continue

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Teaching & Learning

Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting

Tom Guskey

With Thomas Guskey

Traditional grading and reporting practices, much like our schools themselves, haven’t changed much over the past hundred years. But it’s critically important that grading and reporting keep up with the times, especially because of the role that grades play in determining students’ future success and opportunities.Tom Guskey, arguably this country’s foremost authority on the topic of grading and reporting, joins us to discuss the topic. Continue

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Administration & Leadership

Revisiting Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

Franklin Schargel

With Franklin Schargel

Despite tremendous national attention, the problem of bullying and cyber-bullying remains a major issue for our schools. To talk about the problem and what steps he recommends for educators, students and parents to take, we’re joined by nationally known school safety expert Franklin Schargel. Continue

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