Guest post by Danny Steele, principal, Thompson Sixth Grade Center, Alabaster, AL
Teachers are hungry for inspiration. They are committed to their work and see the value in it… but it can still be draining. They want leaders who will refill their bucket. In my experience, these three strategies can go a long way toward energizing teachers:
1. Support them.Over the years, it has become clear to me that support is the number one quality that teachers desire in their administrators. (more…)
Inside the Beltway
What’s Happening in Washington?
Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown last week by passing a continuing resolution through January 19, 2018. Congress also passed a sweeping tax overhaul that was signed into law by President Trump.
Why Should Principals Care?
Congress avoided a government shutdown in December by passing a continuing resolution (CR) that provides level funding for the government through January 19. (more…)
Guest post by Brent Rowland
Do you have a handful of rock star teachers who are your go-to people, so you keep going to them over, and over, and over?
Imagine finding that just-right leadership spot for all of your teachers—that place where school needs match teacher interest. What would that do to connect them to the school’s mission, distribute leadership, and develop teacher capacity?
Join the Fight to Support Title II Funding!
President Trump’s recent budget asked for a complete elimination of Title II, Part A funds for FY 2018 and to reduce by 50 percent the amount of funds appropriated for FY 2017. To combat these cuts and show the importance Title II plays in ensuring every child has access to high-quality teachers and school leaders, NASSP recently joined with other national organizations to send a letter to the House and Senate appropriations committees asking for full funding for Title II. Lend your voice to the fight by participating in NASSP’s newest action alert opposing President Trump’s cuts and asking Congress to fully fund Title II, Part A! (more…)
Inside the Beltway
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Friday that he would be stepping down from his role in December. President Obama will be nominating John B. King Jr. to succeed Secretary Duncan. King is the former commissioner of education for New York state and held that role during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
In the Press
Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings, Education Next
Researchers have found that increased school spending is linked to improved outcomes for students, particularly low-income students. (more…)
Guest post by Aimee Rainey, principal, Florence Middle School, Florence, AL, who will present “Empowering Teachers: Developing Talent and Growing Leaders in Your Building” at Ignite ’15.
How do you empower teacher leaders in a school and let go of micromanagement tendencies? Consider one simple phrase: “Just do it!”
This may be an oversimplification, but it can be very powerful when implemented strategically. Empowerment of others produces ownership where micromanagement can harm the organization. It is essential to activate motivation in others. At the heart of motivation lies the desire for freedom to express one’s creative potential. (more…)