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Provide teachers with access to resources for curriculum, assessments, and professional learning to support strong content knowledge and pedagogy.
Engage and collaborate with stakeholders and partners to build an understanding of the connection between the school and the community.
To transform schools, input from teachers and students about the school modernization process is critical.
In this age of digital learning, aligning school technology planning with curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and other operational needs is a necessity.
Evaluate current grading practices and their alignment with the school’s vision for teaching and learning.
Implement instructional strategies that align with and build on learning and human development research.
For a school or district leader, the vision for the school or district allows the leader to articulate the long-term impact of the work and the reason that impact is essential.
Schools must contend with the cultural dynamics of its internal stakeholders (e.g., students, families, teachers, etc.) in addition to external stakeholders (e.g., policymakers, business and community leaders, etc.) that impact teaching and learning.
Understand that personal and professional relationships need to be nurtured on an ongoing basis and that trust can easily be broken.
Building capacity among the leadership team and school building leaders forces educators to look at new ways of capitalizing on the talent and potential of each individual…
Champion the community’s capacity to help students access resources beyond the school.
Create observation tools for principals and peers that offer teachers collaborative reflection opportunities for continuous improvement.
Effective leadership requires the ability to engage stakeholders effectively by building and managing relationships.
The effective use of technology provides tools, resources, data, and supportive systems that increase opportunities for teaching and learning.
Support school modernization practices aligned with district and state policies and balance authority with flexibility and agency.
To reduce the achievement gap, schools can implement innovative schedules aimed at improving student learning; the use of time is a valuable but often untapped resource.
For a school or district, student data is necessary for an effective educational program.
Create a data plan that includes the data to be collected and what will be done with it after it is collected.
Encourage data literacy and reward fluency among professionals in the school to address chronic absenteeism, academic warnings, whole-child development, and other issues.
Connect students to high school learning experiences that expose workforce pathways of potential interest (e.g., internships, early-college programs, career and technical education certification, military, etc.).