Leadership

A professional magazine for school administrators. Articles, written in an informal, conversational style, address curriculum, technology, staff development, school safety, instructional leadership, school reform and other topics with practical applicatio

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, November-December

A Far Cry from Business as Usual in Room 7
Throughout the state of California, educators are searching for answers to the proverbial question, "With all we are doing, why aren't our students meeting or exceeding state content standards?" Clearly, there are many talented teachers working...
All Kids Can Learn, but Will They? Low Expectations Create a Dividing Line That Some Kids Can't Cross
"Can all kids really learn?" That is far too easy a question. Obviously all kids CAN learn. They've all learned something. The hard question is "WILL all kids learn?" meaning, "Will all kids meet the grade-level standards that have been set by...
A New Look at Special Education: Special Education Should Not Be a First-Line Intervention for Students with Learning Difficulties. Regular Teachers Must Remediate Weaknesses in Phonemic Awareness Skills
Over the past 15 years, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has published excellent research regarding the development of early reading skills. As summarized in the article "30 Years of Research: What We Now Know About How...
Engaging Students in Their Own Learning: The Preuss School Motivates Its Students in Grades Six to 12 to Achieve by Focusing on Teaching for Understanding, Professional Development, Personalization, and School Structure and Organization
As principals, we look for signs of student engagement when we observe classes. We know that if students are not engaged in the work at hand there is probably little learning that is taking place. However, it is not enough that students are just...
Expanding Learning Potential for All Students: Students Must Be Taught the Five Skills Vital to Expanding Learning Potential as They Move through the Grades
"Here I am again," Charlie Brown mutters to himself with a sigh as he drags himself toward the pitcher's mound. "The start of another season, and everybody knows we're not going to win even one single game." Charlie has been here before, many...
Grade Level Teams: Key to Equity & Excellence: The Academic Conference Model Works to Accelerate Achievement and Create an Educational Process at Each Grade Level That Is Responsive, Intentional and Targeted
The future of public education for economically disadvantaged children rests in the hands of the teachers and administrators who can accelerate achievement for any student group. This is a daunting and complex task, necessitated by years of systemic...
Helping Children Learn: The Legacy of Violence: Children's Brains May Be Deeply Affected by Ongoing Violence. There Are Many Techniques Schools Can Use to Improve the Learning Capacities of These Students
Some kids just can't seem to learn. As schools are increasingly held to national and state standards, educators will need to examine why. Who are these children? They are that in between group of students in our schools whose lack of success has...
Improved Access to Learning: To Maximize Student Learning, Everyone in the School Community Needs Timely and Effective Access to the Right Information and Learning Resources
For one principal, improving student learning means improving access. Students need access to standards-based learning opportunities. Teachers need access to content and teaching tools. Parents need access to ways to help their children continue...
Reaching Higher: Secondary Interventions: Middle College High School Students Take on a Dual Identity-College Students by Morning and High School Students by Afternoon
There are many different types of students, but the type that can frustrate educators the most are those with potential who, for one reason or another, simply aren't reaching it. They are the students who can and should, but just won't or don't....
Sound Standard for Schools Is Key to Learning
Administrators are being held legally accountable for student skills that are impacted by poor speech intelligibility in loud, reverberant classroom environments. Those skills include phonics, reading, attention skills, listening skills, math and...
The Power of School Culture: Research Show Which Traits of a School's Culture Most Affect Student Achievement, and How Schools Can Work toward Positive Change
Teachers and administrators are encouraged to work smarter, leaner and with a renewed purpose to increase student achievement. If this were the only area in your school that required attention, it would be easier to produce rapid and lasting results....
What Factors Affect Student Success?
Dear Colleague: What are the factors that affect student learning? Some obvious answers come to mind: Teacher quality, classroom resources, instructional leadership at the school site. But even when those factors are in place, some kids still...