How to Take a Mid-Year Checkup of Student Mastery in Your School Or District

Michael Haggen  December 23rd, 2015 

The mid-point in the school year is a great opportunity for school and district leaders to step back and do an evaluation of standards that may not have been mastered by...

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Five Big Stories in Education in 2015

Tyler Reed  December 17th, 2015 

We've had plenty to talk about in 2015 -- from testing to read alouds to ESSA, our new federal education law.

Here are five big education stories that kept my...

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Four Things Educators Should Know About ESSA, the New Federal Education Law

Jessie Lyons  December 10th, 2015 

Today President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); the reauthorization of President Johnson’s 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This...

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Districts Addressing Attendance Issues by Integrating Learning Supports

Rhonda Neal-Waltman  November 4th, 2015 

I read with interest a recent New York Times article by Rikha Sharma Rani entitled “Stopping Absenteeism at the Age of 5.” In it she highlighted the remarkable work of the...

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Embracing Change: Creating a Need-Based School Library is Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lakisha Brinson  October 21st, 2015 

Lakisha Brinson of Amqui Elementary School in Nashville, TN was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in August 2015. Stay tuned...

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What Can We Learn from Hogwarts About Effective Learning Environments?

Pam Allyn  October 12th, 2015 
So, what can we as educators and parents learn from the Hogwarts magic to build the ideal learning environment?

Live Streaming Announced for National Family Engagement Symposium Starting Oct. 4

Tyler Reed  September 29th, 2015 

The Scholastic FACE Symposium, an annual gathering of family and community engagement leaders from across the country, kicks off October 4th in Miami. This year, we're...

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Arne Duncan's Bus Tour Uncovers a Rural Gem

Wayne D'Orio  September 22nd, 2015  Comments • 1

This post first appeared on Scholastic Administr@tor magazine's website on September 21, 2015.

My Back to School Promise: Books, Glorious Books!

Annie Ward  September 8th, 2015  Comments • 2

If I had a plane, I would skywrite “Books, Glorious Books—and Time to Read Them!” for all to see. Knowing that voluminous reading is key to...

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What I'm Reading - Shanna Peeples, National Teacher of the Year

Shanna Peeples  July 30th, 2015 

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

If you wandered through my house, or grabbed my phone, you’d quickly...

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We Surveyed the 2015 State Teachers of the Year

Greg Worrell  May 19th, 2015  Comments • 7

How would teachers prioritize education funding? What aspects of their jobs give them the most satisfaction? What qualities do they believe great teachers have? Do...

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Five Lifesaving Lessons from My First Year as Principal

Phee Simpson  April 29th, 2015 

With very little time to prepare for my first school year as principal, I quickly realized we had to do some things differently to move Poughkeepsie High...

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Model School: Creating a School Culture That Drives Student and Staff Achievement

Beth Howell  April 28th, 2015 

At Kathleen H. Wilber Elementary School we hold near and dear our school motto: “Inspiring Excellence: Culture Drives Achievement.”

Building a Brighter Future in Asbury Park: Assess, Create, Execute

Lamont Repollet  April 23rd, 2015 

I’ll never forget the joy, pride and stress I felt after I was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, N.J. last year. After taking in the congratulatory...

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How One Illinois District Shifted the Professional Development Paradigm

Jan Mulqueeny  April 7th, 2015 
Rigor, argumentation, identifying evidence from the text, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency…

How Learning Walks Have Renewed Passions for Teaching in My District

Amy Kilbridge  March 31st, 2015 

One of the best strategies to increase student achievement is to “develop a ’laser-like‘ focus on improving teaching,” says Dr. Kevin Feldman.

Getting Through March Madness: Five Ways Administrators Can Help Teachers

Meenoo Rami  March 30th, 2015 

This is the hardest time of the year for many of us in the classroom. The never-ending days of winter, the testing season, and the overall feeling that all of us are in a...

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Here's How We Created a Communications Plan to Share Our School's Ed Tech Vision

Kai Johnson  March 19th, 2015 

Central to any vision for integrating technology into schools should be a commitment to candid discussion and communication about that vision with parents.

In the...

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Building Adequacy: A Reflection After 50 Years of Title I

Kelli Cedo  February 9th, 2015 

You might have asked yourself recently: What is my mission as an educational leader? For me, my mission stems from my beliefs and my “whys” around education.

Honor Approximation in Ourselves and in Our Students

Mike Oliver  February 6th, 2015 

In the children’s book Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds, Ramon loves to draw the world around him. But his drawings never quite look “right.” Out of frustration, he...

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How We Create a Culture of Learning at Zaharis School

Mike Oliver  January 28th, 2015  Comments • 1

I have found in life that it is impossible to take others on a journey that we, ourselves, are not on. It is quite the challenge to inspire others to become something we...

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The Super Bowl of EDU: Seattle vs. Boston

Tyler Reed  January 23rd, 2015  Comments • 1

Super Bowl Sunday is just over a week away. And while most people are talking about how the Patriots stack up against the Seahawks (and who's to blame for #DeflateGate),...

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School Building Leaders to Gather in Nashville Next Month for First-Ever Principal Academy

Lois Bridges  January 20th, 2015 

Even though she was surrounded by 4,200 students and dozens of faculty and staff every day on the job, former Brockton High School Principal Sue Szachowicz often felt...

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What I Learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert L. Green  January 15th, 2015 

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on my life. I learned so much from him during the course of my work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.