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Engineered to be agile

By Learning Forward
October 2019
Vol. 40, No. 5
There are few, if any, who would say that teaching is the same as it was even a decade ago. Many teachers will attest to the fact that more is expected of them and their students. As the teacher’s role has changed, so has the school leader’s. After all, if the school leader position — arguably one of the most influential positions in a school district — is not evolving, how could those filling this role successfully establish a reimagined vision for teaching, successfully support teachers in a transition toward realizing that vision, and establish a sense of teacher collective efficacy that the very roles by which many teachers have defined their lives still matter? Howell Township Public Schools in Monmouth County, New Jersey, has

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Bruce "B.C." Preston

Bruce “B.C.” Preston (bpreston@howell.k12.nj.us) is assistant superintendent of curriculum & personnel in Howell Township Public Schools in Farmingdale, New Jersey.

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