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Teacher Leaders Build Better Schools for Youth

Recently, a team of educators from the Greendale School District including teachers, the curriculum director, a building principal and I led a presentation on teacher leadership at a Learn and Serve Grant Program sponsored by Teri Dary of the Wisconsin Department of Public Education in Madison, Wisconsin. Underlying this work is the core belief that leadership is a learned skill. Understanding the
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Youth Are Youth and Schools Are Schools

Recently my colleague Anderson Williams and I conducted a set of professional development workshops in Port of Spain, Trinidad sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipalities and Ministry of Sport focused on student engagement and leadership.We worked with a great cadre of teachers and school leaders assisting them to enhance their student engagement and leadership knowledge and
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Service-Learning Professional Development For Administrators

America’s Promise Alliance is tackling the national dropout dilemma by going directly to communities where the needs and opportunities are greatest. Building on momentum generated by the Dropout Prevention Initiative, America’s Promise is building new, scalable frameworks for intensive, collaborative action that changes lives of children at risk by bringing the following five promises into
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Climate Is Not Just About the Weather

As the summer season continues to sizzle in some areas and storms persist in others, the concept of climate seems to be only about the weather. As we all know, the weather is an uncontrollable variable. But what about a variable that is controllable and important to our nation, school climate?I had the opportunity last week to be part of an institute at US Department of Education Office of Safe and
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Hope, Engagement and Well-Being

A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting co-sponsored by America’s Promise, the Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Gallup. The purpose of the meeting was to release and discuss findings of a recent Gallup poll asking young people their current sense of hope, engagement and well-being.The results of the Gallup Student Poll indicated that 50% of youth respondents were hopeful, 50%
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