Archive for April, 2015

Finding ways to address a human capital shortage

A recent EdWeek article highlights practices being implemented in Nevada and Colorado, that provides strong school leaders more than one school to manage. While such a practice must be carefully implemented (i.e. strong staff in both schools and supportive conditions from the district), the model can work – and has been effectively implemented for years in other countries. Read more about the practice here. What I found in England was that the entire system is designed to support strong educators and administrators. There was an amazing sense of shared responsibility and moral purpose. For this to work in the U.S., we’d need to reform some of the very systems that currently penalize the strong and hold up the weak(er) staff. Success requires a team effort.

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New state policy brief: Florida’s extended time for literacy

A new state policy brief from the Center on School Turnaround on Florida’s policy which mandates additional time for the purpose of literacy instruction in the state’s lowest-performing (in literacy) schools. Read more, here.

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