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MPC: Essential Reads

4 Things Districts Can Do to Find (and Keep) Good Principals

A better principal pipeline requires on-the-job support Leading a school to better teaching and learning requires a great principal. Unfortunately, finding and training new principals in effective school leadership has been a long-standing challenge for many districts. So it’s good news for districts and states focused on school improvement... Read More »


NYC Leadership Academy’s short film, The Power of Leaders, features the voices of nearly a dozen New York City students talking about the impact their principals have had on their lives. Read more Read More »

7 tips for creating an effective PD program

One of the worst “professional learning” experiences from my teaching days involved a clown nose. The entire teaching staff—700 of us—were gathered in the town’s civic auditorium to hear a speaker. Talk about “sit and get.” Read more Read More »

Are fidget spinners a good distraction?

What will become of spinners in the 2017-18 school year remains uncertain. Whirling fidget spinners invaded classrooms across the country this past spring, but with many schools banning them as a distraction, their future as a potential remedy for students with attention difficulties is in doubt.  Read more Read More »

US Trails in Early Childhood Education Enrollment

States across the U.S. are taking more seriously the importance of early childhood education and ramping up their offerings, but compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. has a long way to go. While enrollment rates for children under age three hover just below 30 percent –... Read More »

Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

  For many years, I secretly worked on my research. I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research in professional journals—and there it stayed. However, my colleagues and I learned things we thought people needed to know. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/23/carol-dweck-revisits-the-growth-mindset.html?cmp=eml-eb-wnbk1.3 Read More »

New Help for States That Want to Bolster Principals

As state education officials set agendas for K-12 under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a new guide and a research review are being released this week to help them figure out how best to elevate school leadership through the law. Two of the resources—a report by the RAND Corporation... Read More »

How Praise Became a Consolation Prize

Helping children confront challenges requires a more nuanced understanding of the “growth mindset.” As a young researcher, Carol Dweck was fascinated by how some children faced challenges and failures with aplomb while others shrunk back. Dweck, now a psychologist at Stanford University, eventually identified two core mindsets, or beliefs,... Read More »

New Orleans High School Turbocharges Restorative Justice

Program at the Net school throws teens on the edge a lifeline NEW ORLEANS — Fights were keeping 17-year-old Symphony Lee out of high school, and off the graduation track. “Once I lose my temper, that’s it,” says Lee, with characteristic bluntness. Lee spoke from the principal’s office at... Read More »

Collaborative Reflection: How Do You Lead?

Leadership can be rewarding and difficult all at the same time. It’s easy to be a thought leader, but much more difficult to put those thoughts into action. Situations arise at any given moment that takes our best thinking, and in my experience, there are four different types of... Read More »

Does Trump’s Win Mean the Honeymoon Is Over for GOP, School Groups?

Last December, Republicans and advocates for education practitioners—including teachers’ unions—teamed up to shrink the federal footprint on K-12 education, with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The law maintained some “guardrails” for historically disadvantaged groups of students but not nearly as many as some in the civil rights... Read More »

Revamped Requirements for Illinois Principal Preparation

The Wallace Foundation has released a four-part video series exploring Illinois’ bold actions to revamp the way school principals are prepared. The state required all of its approved programs to reapply for accreditation under higher standards, based on research about effective principal preparation. Part 1 of the series is narrated... Read More »

Trump and Potential Education Secretaries Talked Choice, Common Core

President-elect Donald Trump Saturday met with two education leaders rumored to be under consideration to serve as his education secreary Saturday: former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and Betsy DeVos, the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a school choice advocacy group. Read more Read More »

Cat in the Hat for Prez!

The Cat in the Hat is running for President as the kids’ candidate, and he wants you to help choose his first order of business when he gets into office! Kids across the nation are encouraged to vote for The Cat to work with a fellow Dr. Seuss character(s), and... Read More »

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room that Should “Unsettle” Us

Will Richardson writes “One of the things I’ve has come to realize in my many discussions with educators from around the globe is that there are a number of practices in our current systems of schooling that “unsettle” us, primarily because they don’t comport with what Seymour Papert calls... Read More »

4 Conditions to Help Improve School Culture

School culture can play a key role in teacher satisfaction, educator and teacher-leader facilitator Jessica Cuthbertson writes in this blog post. She shares four conditions that can help principals create a culture that fosters teacher autonomy, agency and risk-taking, instead of compliance.   http://smartbrief.com/original/2016/09/school-culture-check?utm_source=brief Read More »

The Flipped Classroom: Pros and Cons

The “flipped classroom” was being discussed in social lounges, in conference sessions, on the exhibit floor, on thehashtag and even at dinner. People wanted to know what it was, what it wasn’t, how it’s done and why it works. Others wanted to sing its praises and often included a... Read More »

What happens when instead of suspensions, kids talk out their mistakes?

In traditional school discipline programs, students face an escalating scale of punishments for infractions that can ultimately lead to expulsion. But there is now strong research that shows pulling students out of class as punishment can hurt their long-term academic prospects. What’s more, data show that punishments are often... Read More »