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Resources - Leadership

Jennie Snyder: Growing a culture of Innovation | Project Pupil

Dr. Snyder is Superintendent of the Piner-Olivet Union School District in Santa Rosa, California. She ispassionate about learning. She has broad range of experience in the field of education: Former school principal, charter school site administrator, a middle school humanities teacher and teacher leader with the California Reading and Literature Project.

Technology and Leadership in Education

Leadership and technology integration in K-12 Schools, inquiry learning, multitasking, brain research- an eclectic mix of topics and posts

Live from #ASCD14: 6 steps for leading change

Sparking change in an organization - classroom, school, school district, state or nation - sometimes can feel like a Sisyphean task, rolling a heavy stone up a hill only for it to roll down before reaching the summit.

Let's Stop the Glorification of Busy

" The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to reconcile the two."

Eliminating Disparities | Education Northwest

This April 2013 article in Principal Leadership, written by OLN alliance researcher Vicki Nishioka, examines the research on disparities in exclusiona...

7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader

BusinessNewsDaily What is the most important characteristic of a leader? Some might say it's integrity. Others may say that it's being a good motivator. But psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell believes that self-awareness - the ability to monitor one's own emotions and reactions - is the key factor in leadership success.

ADVANCEfeedback - Video Observation & Feedback Platform for Administrators and Teachers

ADVANCEfeedback™ is the most growth-centered video observation and feedback platform available for administrators and teachers.

- From the Principal's Office: 5 Ways to Be a Skeptic in Today's "Reformy" Educational World

In a time of education reform peddling and of vendors selling wares claiming that this program increases student achievement and that this program will improve graduation rates, what serves an educational leader well is to be a strong skeptic.

Top Tech Tools for School Administrators and Teachers

Technological advancement has actually made education easier than ever. Nowadays, there are numerous tools and platforms available that are specifically dedicated to educating teens and kids, making study more interactive and interesting. Here is the list of some of the best tech tools and platforms meant for school administrators and teachers to take a look at.

How Principals Can Relieve Anxiety Around Common Core Implementation

We hear a lot about the anxiety caused by the Common Core, much of it focused on how to support teachers in implementing the new standards. This issue is particularly salient for principals, as they are the ones responsible for observing classrooms and debriefing lessons with teachers.


We surveyed people to understand their survey-taking preferences. Sound strange? Well, what we found can help you create surveys that appeal to your respondents—so you can get better data.

ADVANCEfeedback - Video Observation & Feedback Platform for Administrators and Teachers

ADVANCEfeedback™ is the most growth-centered video observation and feedback platform available for administrators and teachers.

Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

Other Resources - Project RED

Project RED is a national research and advocacy plan to investigate how technology can help us re-engineer our education system.

Every Teacher an Innovator

Innovation. It's a word being thrown around education an awful lot these days. Call it a buzzword or edu-cliché. There seems to be consensus, however, that all of our schools need to be more innovative to best meet the evolving strengths and needs of our students, today and tomorrow.

The 10 Questions Every Superintendent Needs to Answer
  1. What should graduates know and be able to do? 2. How to build public support? Superintendents can do more to change the way a community thinks about itself, its children, and the future than any other position.
Three ways administrators stay connected | eSchool News | eSchool News

Ed-tech administrators offer advice to help others stay connected to best practices While educational technology use should be modeled and celebrated throughout the year, Connected Educator Month highlights some of the nation's best ed-tech practices.

ISTE Standards - Administrators

Educational Administrators inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.

Leadership vs Management

What's the difference between Leadership and Management? An ongoing debate in academic circles over the past 50-odd years relates to the correlation between leadership and management. Does a manager have to be a great leader? Does a leader need to have good management skills? What is the difference between leade...

Leader vs Manager: Traits, Qualities and Characteristics

Leader vs Manager starts with a simple self-assessment that helps you determine whether you are predominantly a leader or a manager. Further, it defines leadership versus management and compares and contrasts traits, characteristics and qualities of leaders and managers. It also provides resources and perspectives on leadership and management.

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

A few weeks ago, the BBC asked me to come in for a radio interview. They told me they wanted to talk about effective leadership — China had just elevated Xi Jinping to the role of Communist Party leader; General David Petraeus had stepped down from his post at the CIA a few days earlier; the BBC itself was wading through a leadership scandal of its own — but the conversation quickly veered, as these things often do, into a discussion about how individuals can keep large, complex, unwieldy organizations operating reliably and efficiently.


Many managers feel overwhelmed. They have too many problems--too many monkeys--on their backs. All too often, they say, they find themselves running out of time while their subordinates are running out of work. Such is the common phenomenon described by the late William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass in this 1974 HBR classic. They tell the engaging story of an overburdened manager who has unwittingly taken on all of his subordinates' problems. If, for example, an employee has a problem and the manager says, "Let me think about that and get back to you," the monkey has just leaped from the subordinate's back to the manager's. This article describes how the manager can delegate effectively to keep most monkeys on the subordinate's back. It offers suggestions on the care and feeding of monkeys and on how managers can transfer initiative. In his accompanying commentary, Stephen R. Covey discusses both the enduring power of this message and how theories of time management have progressed beyond these ideas. Management thinkers and executives alike now realize that bosses cannot just give a monkey back to their subordinates. Subordinates must first be empowered, and that's hard and complicated work. It means bosses have to develop their subordinates and establish trust. Perhaps even more important and relevant than it was 25 years ago, Covey says, this article is a powerful wake-up call for managers at risk for carrying too many monkeys.

Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?

Companies & Industries Solving your employees' problems for them? Teach them new skills instead The Idea in Brief You're racing down the hall. An employee stops you and says, "We've got a problem." You assume you should get involved but can't make an on-the-spot decision. You say, "Let me think about it."

What do schools need from their technology leaders?

I am often asked by schools to help in the appointment of someone to lead their technology strategy and often the most difficult part is drawing up a job description that is both ambitious and, well, fill-able. The first challenge is what to call it. Director/ Head/ Leader of...

- Getting Buy In: Communication is Key

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders.