Principal Connection/Can You Be Too Nice?

Thomas R. Hoerr argues that sometimes principals can try too hard to be “liked” which can undermine their ability to lead. This can lead to these problems: We are not clear about our expectations. We only give feedback on what’s positive. We do not hold firm to our beliefs. However, he does believe that principals…

Preface to Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind

In this preface to his book Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen gives a personal narrative of challenges met and struggles overcome, providing a first-person perspective on poverty that he uses to lend credibility to his claims. While lacking in concrete advice or ideas on how to best reach struggling students or disadvantaged…

Andreas Schleicher – Use Data to Build Better Schools

Andreas Schleicher gives a TEDTalk on using global data to evaluate factors that can improve school systems and support equity in education. Questions How does your school communicate expectations and promote achievement? How can your school improve in these areas? How does your school offer opportunities to students? What kind of useful skills does/could your…

Leadership for Equity

Authors Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson stress the importance of quality leadership in achieving educational equity. They listed these strategies leaders can use to enhance equity in the realms of curriculum interpretation, instructional practices, assessment and evaluation, and community involvement: Curriculum Interpretation Encourage staff members to talk about issues of diversity, values, and social justice.…