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4 ideas for improving digital equity

Education leaders nationwide share strategies to help promote digital equity when the new school year begins. A district in rural Virginia got creative about bringing internet access to its community, launching solar-powered "wireless on wheels" mobile units and parking them at local churches, fire departments and a fast-food restaurant.

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Rethink strategy if you say "no" to these questions

There are 10 questions that every leader should be asking about strategy, including whether the vision is clear, if everyone feels invested in the outcome and whether managers and front-line workers are doing what's necessary, writes Jim Haudan. "Without the right resources and training, they won't be able to deliver, but the blame will be on you," he writes.

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3 types of teacher-made instructional videos

Videos created by teachers can be engaging ways for students to learn during remote instruction, according to Jenny Gieras, a STEAM and math enrichment instructor. In this blog post, Gieras shares tips for creating three types of videos: screencasts, explainer videos and live demos.


Change management requires clear purpose and processes

Keep employees engaged through changing times by creating a mission that inspires them, communicating openly and regularly and putting clear processes in place, says Denise Lee Yohn in this blog post and video. Don't assume employees know what the organization's purpose is, and beware a generic purpose that doesn't differentiate, she says.


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Podcast: Six Critical Things Every Teacher Needs to Know About Trauma and Reducing Stress This School Year

This year teachers, students, and school leaders are returning to school environments that are exceptionally stressful and trauma-inducing. This episode's guests, Pete Hall & Kristin Souers, offer practical guidance on reducing deep stress for teachers and students and creating a safe zone where learning can occur. Listen to the new podcast episode from Educational Leadership.

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Using School and Child Welfare Data to Predict Educational Outcomes

Research indicates that absenteeism, suspensions, poor grades, and low test scores are risk factors for dropping out of high school. For that reason, many school districts use early warning systems to track attendance, behavior, and course performance so they can identify students at risk of academic problems. By using school data to identify at-risk students early, educators can help students improve their academic performance and increase their chances of completing high school.

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Opinion: Focus on 5 areas for digital transition

SMASH Academy, a national STEM education summer program for students of color, has transitioned its established in-person program to a virtual one during the coronavirus pandemic. In this commentary, Danielle Rose and Zorel Zambrano, both from SMASH Academy, share five keys to adopting a digital program, including closing the digital and connectivity divide.


Steps to build a diverse teaching force

There are several steps that school leaders can take to create a diverse teaching workforce, education experts say. Officials suggest developing build-your-own-educator programs, which look within the district for ethnically and racially diverse teachers, and partnering with outside organizations that promote diversity and equity.

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