AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part Two

(the following is an excerpt from a forthcoming issue of The School Administrator.  See AASA.org) Part 2: Face the facts and your fears. Data reflecting poor performance, especially among subgroups, often become the catalyst to action. In Abington, Pa., the data showing gaps between the majority of the student body …

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AASA on Courageous and Uplifting Leadership – Part One

(the following is an excerpt from a forthcoming issue of The School Administrator.  See AASA.org) It was Monday morning and the middle school had flooded over the weekend. Told it would take two weeks to reopen, the superintendent quickly moved this crisis to the top of his growing list that …

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Lessons from Opt Out: The Anti-test Movement

Lessons from Opt Out: The Anti-test Movement While the number of families saying “no” to high stakes tests for their children are growing nationwide, New York State stands at the vanguard of this movement. Last month, the number of children opting out of tests rose by more than 300% since …

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How Singapore Students Beat the World in “Problem-solving” and What this Means for America

In the first PISA exams designed to measure problem-solving, Singapore’s 562 score toped 44 countries and economies in an area that Western countries used to claim as their last domain of preeminence. After returning from Singapore to keynote the 2014 summit along with Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves and Louise Stoll for …

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