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    JSD, October 2015: Pathways to Leadership



    Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

    • Leadership basics
    • Your next steps
    • Powerful words

    Explore the many paths to leadership DownloadNow_small
    By Tracy Crow

    No matter their role or their path, education leaders demand more from themselves and others and figure out how to make results happen.
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    Experience makes a great teacher: New York City program connects veteran principals with new and aspiring leaders DownloadNow_small
    By Sarosh Syed

    The Learning Partners Program enhances the skills of current principals while grooming the next generation as well.
    This article is sponsored by The Wallace Foundation.
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    Turn effective practice into common practice: Successful districts create systems of leadership talent development DownloadNow_small
    By Richard W. Lemons and Isobel Stevenson

    Districts that are serious about developing leaders who can bring about change that leads to improved student learning will align professional support systems to how adults learn best, leveraging the energy of experience and power of reflection.

    Navigation aids: 9 shifts in practice smooth the transition from school to central office DownloadNow_small
    By Thomas M. Van Soelen and Debra Harden

    Just as teachers are shifting practices for the Common Core State Standards, school and program leaders need to do the same to navigate their way successfully to the central office.

    Why teachers make good learning leaders DownloadNow_small
    By Brian Edwards and Jesse Hinueber

    When teachers who deeply understand the needs of their students and colleagues lead professional learning in their schools, everyone benefits.
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    The drive to strive: An assistant principal reflects on a career built on constant learning DownloadNow_small
    By Tameka Osabutey-Aguedje

    A school leader realizes that it is important to learn and grow rather than just try to survive on the job.

    It’s not just what you say: Verbal and nonverbal skills help leaders address challenges and achieve outcomes DownloadNow_small
    By Kendall Zoller, Antonia Issa Lahera, and Anthony H. Normore

    Real-life scenarios show how two school leaders in a large Southern California urban district used skills developed in a university school leadership program to create rapport, empathy, and trust.

    Make the most of every day: Examine your practice to sift out time wasters DownloadNow_small
    By William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell

    Busy educators need to take a critical look at current practices to determine which may be inefficient, waste time, or be counterproductive.

    What success really looks like: Bright spots and blots define a career trajectory DownloadNow_small
    By Jennifer Abrams

    An education consultant reflects on her career highs and lows as she shifts from teacher to coach and facilitator and then on to author, consultant, and speaker.


    From the editor DownloadNow_small
    By Tracy Crow

    What leaders say that makes a difference.
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    Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

    • Safeguarding data
    • Math and the Common Core
    • Educator blog
    • Focus on principals
    • High-quality lessons
    • Strategies for deeper learning
    • Teacher voices
    • Leading change


    Attributes of an effective feedback process.

    Lessons from researchDownloadNow_small
    By Joellen Killion

    High-quality collaboration benefits teachers and students.
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    • Book Club
    • On Board
    • Learning Forward calendar
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    From the director DownloadNow_small
    By Stephanie Hirsh

    Effective leaders are always learning.
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    Activities vs. outcomes: The difference makes all the difference DownloadNow_small
    By Janice Bradley, Linda Munger, and Shirley Hord

    Third-grade teachers in a professional learning community work collaboratively to learn and implement six strategies that will increase their knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions to increase students’ understanding of fractions.
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    Think ‘e’ for engagement: Use technology tools to design personalized professional e-learning DownloadNow_small
    By Shari Farris

    To create high-impact professional learning in an online environment, assess learners’ technology skill level, then use technology tools to design engaging and relevant learning experiences.