What Makes a Strong School Leader?
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  • August 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   What makes a strong school leader? A research synthesis from the Gates Foundation details four ways strong school leadership can positively impact students and schools. The article states that strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement over evaluation, involve teachers in decision making […]

Do High Quality Principals Matter? A Review on the Importance of School Leadership
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  • August 7, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   Why Principals Matter  A few years ago, Hechinger Report released an article detailing the importance of school leadership in both student achievement and teacher retention. This article was hardly the first of its kind—in fact, one of the most cited research articles on leadership was published almost thirty years ago.  […]

The Future of CBE: Lessons for Illinois
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  • July 30, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton Recent reports have shared that employers are finding recent high school graduates increasingly unprepared for the workforce and in need of additional training to supplement this lack of skills. Illinois is no exception to this case. Illinois-based employers have also discovered that both high school graduates and postsecondary graduates still lack […]

Competency-Based Education: Lessons for Adoption
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  • June 21, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   CBE: What it is and Why it Matters Competency-based education (CBE), also referred to as mastery education or proficiency-based education, upends our traditional education system and seeks to provide students with a school and classroom dedicated to ensuring their success in a particular area before moving on to more rigorous […]

The Many Impacts of Fostering a Positive School Climate
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  • June 13, 2019

By Grace Shelton @GraceCShelton   The Schooling Myth and ESSA’s New Priority For those of us who have worked and are currently working in schools, it’s funny—and a little sad—to revisit some of our favorite shows and movies from childhood. Each one depicts, in varying ways, the cold, dark school building with monotone teachers reading […]