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Exit is an Option

In the modern economy and in most communities in history, organizations depend on collaborative partners to be successful. Even entrepreneurs and artists, who rely on innovation and creativity and are often independent operators, need partners to assist in design, production, distribution and marketing. And, in an era of specialization and customization, nobody does it all (at least not well).There
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Principal Leadership for Social Inclusion

I recently co-facilitated a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) titled Social Inclusion: An Opportunity for Principal Leadership. My co-facilitators included Steven Bebee, principal Cactus Shadows High School (AZ), Bill Schreiber, principal Granite Falls Middle School (NC) and Barbara Oswald, Special Olympics South Carolina.It was a privilege to share
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Differentiated Parent Engagement

Educators are familiar with differentiated instruction concepts and strategies; basically it refers to teacher’s understanding of students’ experiences, preferences and best options for learning and developing. Corresponding strategies include observations, frequent assessments, recognition of each student’s attributes, creating active learning environments and providing choices.Given
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Leading to Reform: October 1, 2014

This week we focus on how states are changing the name of Common Core, how districts get around the ACT challenge for all kids, ways to be more creative and a quick fix on how to keep kids learning. Some great jobs as well.Common Core By Any Other NameAs the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards,
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What's Alternative About Alternative Education?

A 2006 report by the American Institutes for Research cited a number of characteristics of effective alternative schools, supported by quantitative and qualitative data:Program philosophies emphasize that it is the educational approach rather than the individual student that needs to be changed to accommodate learning differences among at-risk students.Program administrators and staff subscribe to
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