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September 10, 2018
Murfreesboro director named Tennessee superintendent of the year
Linda Gilbert will represent the state at a national competition in 2019.
Carrots not sticks
May 4, 2018
Here’s how Colorado lawmakers are spending $10 million to reduce the teacher shortage
Colorado is following the path laid out by research. What will matter is how these programs are implemented and sustained over time.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
Lead the way
December 23, 2014
Denver pins high hopes on new leadership programs, incentives
Denver plans to offer incentives and a slew of new training and professional opportunities to its school leaders.
October 29, 2014
What Fariña wants to keep from the Bloomberg era: tech, leadership focus
Since taking over the school system, Fariña has increased the experience requirements for both principals and district superintendents, moves that stand in contrast to the Bloomberg administration’s creation of a fast-track principal training program that drew criticism for filling the city’s schools with inexperienced leaders.
October 21, 2014
Fariña's superintendent shake-up means eight new district leaders
Eight of the city's community school districts have new superintendents after Chancellor Carmen Fariña required sitting leaders to re-apply for their jobs, officials said Tuesday.
July 2, 2014
Rise & Shine: TCAP scores show modest but slowing improvement
June 16, 2014
Northeast high schoolers learn leadership, career-readiness for healthcare jobs
Councilman Chris Herndon kicked off a week-long leadership conference for about 70 high school students from northeast Denver at Kaiser Permanente Colorado Franklin Medical Offices, located at 2045 E. Franklin St. Doctors, physician's assistants, radiologists and other medical professionals walked students through their careers and the importance of diversity and leadership skills in these fields.
April 21, 2014
New Leaders present visions for Memphis schools
As LaSandra M. Young described it, the challenges facing the fictional Isaac Hayes Middle School were stark: Declining enrollment, a 10 percent decrease in students…
Own Worst Enemy
February 20, 2014
Researchers: Jeffco leadership transition could hinder achievement goals
Increased media attention, rampant rumors and widespread distrust among Jeffco's community of parents, teachers, administrators and the board may make it difficult to attract a credible superintendent candidate, education researchers and policy experts told Chalkbeat Colorado.
April 4, 2013
ACTvF aims to avoid common post-founding principal struggle
On his first day as principal of the Academy for Careers in Television and Film in January, Edgar Rodriguez had his hands full. The two…
November 15, 2012
In a change, city is steering aspiring principals off the fast track
Realizing that its strategies for stocking the city's ever-expanding supply of schools with excellent principals have fallen short, the Department of Education is launching new programs aimed at slowing down the transition from teacher to administrator. The largest of the new initiatives is the Teacher Leadership Program, aimed at developing leadership skills in hundreds of teachers who are still working in the classroom. Other initiatives are meant to prepare leaders to handle the special challenges of running middle schools and to capitalize on the leadership skills of principals who are already in the system. And a foundation that helped the city underwrite a fast-track principal training program is now paying for educators to earn degrees in school administration at local universities. "Most of our principal training work that we've done historically is focused on that last year before you become a principal," Chief Academic Office Shael Polakow-Suransky said. "It's the last step in the process, and what we've come to understand is that there [are] a lot of steps that happen before that in someone's career. ... We want to begin to do that kind of training." The new programs represent a strong shift away from the Bloomberg administration's early approach to cultivating school leadership at a time when the city is losing about 150 principals a year, even as it has ramped up new school creation. Together with existing programs, they are set to produce 134 new principals and engage 300 teachers this year, according to the department.
April 5, 2012
Details emerging about turnaround schools' leadership, hiring
More details are emerging about how "turnaround" is proceeding at 26 schools still slated to undergo the controversial overhaul process. For a month, the department has been informing principals of some of the schools that they would be removed at the end of the school year or even sooner. Now their replacements are making their first appearances at the schools, and teachers are starting to learn about the schedule for the rehiring process that could cost up to half of them their positions. Teachers at Newtown High School found out this week that their longtime principal, John Ficalora, would be replaced by Marisol Bradbury. Bradbury has been working in school support at the Department of Education for the last several years but led a small high school in Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, before that. A proposed principal for the school that would replace Long Island City High School toured the building yesterday with the superintendent, according to teachers there. The city's choice to take over is Vivian Selenikas, Long Island City's current network leader. Selenikas led the High School for Arts and Business in Queens from 2003 to 2007 and will replace Maria Mamo-Vacacela, who does not actually have to be removed under turnaround rules. And at Flushing High School, teachers and families have been invited to a "meet and greet" with Magdalen Radovich on April 25, the day before the Panel for Educational Policy is set to vote on the turnaround plans. Radovich is currently an assistant principal at Queens Vocational Career and Technical High School. The city decided not use turnaround at Queens Vocational, where a residency program has been training teachers to work in turnaround schools.
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