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Leading News Vol. 4 – The Latest in School Leadership

June 13, 2018 • Volume #4: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership. To submit works for consideration in future editions of Leading News, please email info@nisl.org. New Federal Education Budget: How States Compare Education Week is out with a state-by-state look at funding allocations to the states from the new federal education budget. The new spending package includes funding increases for […]

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Research

How People Learn: An Education Revolution Two Decades Delayed

June 13, 2018 • Volume #4: On Leadership

By Ann Borthwick This spring, the National Research Council is scheduled to release the report of its How People Learn II panel. The original How People Learn report[1], published in 1999, was a landmark report that chronicled and explained the way our understanding of learning changed during the twentieth century — from an understanding dominated by […]

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Leadership Spotlight

From Research to Practice: How People Learn

June 13, 2018 • Volume #4: On Leadership

Lydia Burgos had always considered herself a well-prepared educator. But NISL’s Executive Development Program (EDP) was a revelation for her. For the first time, she learned about research on student learning. “I had a master’s and an administrator’s credential,” said Burgos, the elementary principal at Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School. “I had never read […]

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From Dougal's Desk

From Dougal’s Desk – Making System Redesign Happen

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

A little more than two years ago, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, asked NISL to help support his statewide Poverty and Student Achievement Initiative. Secretary Rivera wanted to drive school reform in the state through an intense focus on both excellence and equity with particular attention paid to students in poverty. We quickly found […]

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Leadership Spotlight

Leadership Spotlight – Empowered Leaders: Lessons from the World’s Top-Performers

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

Contrary to a common view in the United States, the countries that consistently attain high—and equitable—levels of student performance get those results not because they are less diverse than the United States, or have lower levels of student poverty, or have cultures that favor academic learning. Rather, the top-performing countries have put in place policies […]

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Leading News

Leading News Vol 3. – The Latest in School Leadership

December 11, 2017 • Volume #3: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership.

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Leadership Spotlight

Leadership Spotlight – State ESSA Plans Put School Leadership at the Forefront

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

By Robert Rothman In April 2017, 16 states and the District of Columbia submitted their plans for complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law enacted in 2015 that replaced No Child Left Behind. These plans spell out how the states intend to carry out the law, beginning in the 2017-18 school […]

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Federal Budget Notes

Federal Budget Notes – Making Sense of the Federal Budget

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

For many in public K-12 education, the budget President Trump released in May—calling for a 13.5 percent cut in education funding—created a sense of panic. For the readers of this newsletter, who understand the strategic importance of investing in school leadership in an era of tightening budgets, it is important to understand what this budget […]

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Leading News

Leading News Vol. 2 – The Latest in School Leadership

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

Leading News highlights recent news about school leadership.

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From Dougal's Desk

From Dougal’s Desk – What do you Mean by “System Design?”

June 5, 2017 • Volume #2: On Leadership

By Jason Dougal In the closing of my first installment, I made reference to the need for a redesign of districts and schools to achieve a goal they were previously not designed to accomplish: equipping all students, no matter their background, with the competencies needed to be successful in a very competitive global environment. If […]

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