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How Tacoma Public Schools Used Data to Track and Empower Student Growth

June 26, 2017 | Student Achievement

In 2012, Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) set out to design a data tracking system that would empower educators and students and communicate important information to parents and the community. Since then, graduation rates have risen 23 percent and the percentage of students accepted to postsecondary schools has doubled at nearly…

Q&A: How North High School’s Shared Leadership Team Creates a Healthy Culture of Collaboration

May 26, 2017 | Instructional Leadership

About seven years ago, Denver Public Schools set out to improve the way it provided teachers with opportunities to boost their leadership capacities. The district came up with a shared leadership team model that centers on teacher leaders playing the role of “Senior Team Leads” who spend half of their…

National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee

National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee On How “All Teachers Can Be Leaders”

May 26, 2017 | Instructional Leadership

Sydney Chaffee recently was named National Teacher of the Year, but she doesn’t think she’s peaked yet. “As teachers, we always want to be better,” she says. And one way Chaffee does that is by taking on leadership roles that allow her to collaborate closely with her peers. In the…

4 Key Things to Know About Distributed Leadership

4 Key Things to Know About Distributed Leadership

May 26, 2017 | Instructional Leadership

Great leadership is at the heart of every high-quality public school. Within schools, leadership is most effective when it’s distributed among a team of individuals with different skillsets and experiences but a shared mission to spark and sustain a school-wide culture of learning and improved outcomes for students. These types…