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How to Keep an Unsatisfactory Teacher Evaluation from Failing

Most teacher evaluations—I’ll conservatively say 98%—are “satisfactory” or better. (Here are some numbers from 2013). That doesn’t mean that nearly all teachers are doing a great job; it just means that we as administrators very rarely go to the trouble of marking a teacher as unsatisfactory. Why? Because it’s a lot of work, and it […]

Instructional Leadership and “Other Duties As Assigned”

Do you want to be an instructional leader or a building manager? Faced with this question, most of us know the “correct” answer (especially in a job interview): instructional leader, of course. But do we really have a choice? Can you choose to be an instructional leader and not a building manager? You can certainly […]

How To Create Bandwidth for Your Most Important Work

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you start of the year with the best of intentions to stay organized and on top of your work. Before long, though, your intense focus on the work itself has left no time or energy for staying organized. It’s the right decision—focus on the real work, not shuffling papers […]

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Duncan Not Backing Down on Annual Testing

From the Washington Post: Arne Duncan insisted on Monday that the administration would not back away from annual testing for students and performance evaluations of teachers based in part on the results of the tests. Read more at The Washington Post »

The Principal: The Most Misunderstood Person in All of Education, by Kate Rousmaniere

Over at Larry Cuban’s blog, historian and educational leadership professor Kate Rousmaniere describes the paradoxes of the principalship, rooted in the role’s unique history. It’s such a rich piece that it’s hard to pick out just one quote, but here’s a sample: The complex role of the principal is not an accidental by-product of history; […]

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