The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education: INFOGRAPHIC

While there are many facets to a strong and valuable educational experience for children, there is one that oft overlooked: leadership. Queens University of Charlotte put together this infographic on “The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education,” making a strong case for the importance of high-quality leaders to effectively shepherd their schools and districts--and how a lacktherof may be holding us all back.

A few notable stats:

  • Teachers who report their principals as “excellent” are 14 percent more likely to report opportunities for professional development
  • 56 percent fewer behavioral incidents resulting in students being sent to the principal’s office
  • An effective principal is equivalent to between two and seven months of additional learning
  • There are expected to be nearly 100,000 job openings for principals by 2020

The Change of the M-STEP Due to Public and Teacher Feedback

Teachers, parents, and students often felt powerless when it came to government-mandated standardized tests such as the Michigan Student Test for Educational Progress (M-STEP).

It was difficult for teachers and parents to understand if the amount of time spent on standardized testing was necessary and beneficial to students. Hours were taken away from teaching and learning time last school year in order to administer the M-STEP. This was a problem.

The M-STEP was also an online test. This took computer time away from teachers and students who needed them for instructional and learning purposes. This was another problem.

There were also technology problems such as software failures, which also ate up teaching and learning time.

Teachers across the state had issues with th…


2016 Election: Match the Candidate to Their Quote on Education

Test your knowledge! Match the politician to the quote. (Answers below!)

While still almost 18 months away, it’s already starting to feel like election season. As politicians announce their candidacy and begin shaping or establishing their platforms on foreign policy and the economy, we decided to take a look at their stances on education. From the Common Core to school choice and everything in between, these presidential hopefuls are making their opinions heard on stumps around the country. To get you acquainted with the potential Commanders in Chief, we pulled a quote from each of the announced candidates as of June 25. Now it’s your turn to match the 17 announced candidates to their quotes.

Presidential Candidates (with a randomly assigned letter):

  • A. G…

Creating an LGBTQA-Inclusive Classroom Environment

On June 4th, Washington D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School celebrated their second annual LGBT pride event. This year’s event came with a special twist as principal Peter Cahall came out of the closet. He said, “If I was going to stand in front of these kids today celebrating our pride and saying, you can be who you are, I would be a hypocrite if I decided to hide.” In an effort to help all students feel valuable and included, Cahall decided to promote a school environment that is the antithesis of the one that he grew up in—one that supports and celebrates diversity rather than punishes students for being different.

As we ide…


Career and Technical Education Is Growing Rapidly To Fulfill Employment Gaps

For Career and Technical Education, also known as CTE, 2013 was a big year. According to Education Week, all 50 states were surveyed. In 2013 alone, 78 major policies were enacted or changed in order to expand career and technical education. With the Common Core Standards now widely adopted, states are pushing for programs that promote college and career readiness, so CTE certainly fits that bill. If current students are to be future competitors in a global marketplace, they need to be highly skilled.

Education Commission of the States Report

According to the report, “Career and …


Common Core Field Assessments Going Relatively Smoothly

Early reports are showing that common core field assessments are going pretty smoothly with just a few technological issues and some concerns over the difficulty of new assessments. According to Education Week, the majority of states that have adopted the Common Core Standards are using assessments developed by two organizations — the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Currently, there are 22 states signed up to take the SBAC assessments, including California, North Carolina and Connecticut. Field tests began March 22 and will continue through June 13, with 21 states participating. Over 3 million student…


Elementary Schools’ New Approaches To Combat Obesity

In response to the obesity epidemic, many U.S. schools are increasing nutrition education, revamping physical education programs and offering healthier lunch menu options. Every two years, elementary students in California’s Chula Vista school district step on a scale and have their weights and heights measured. Meanwhile, a technician at a remote location collects the data and calculates students’ body mass indexes (BMI). According to Education News, this practice is referred to as “surveillance activity,” and schools across the nation are following suit because of growing concerns over childhood obesity, which can lead to more serious health issues like diabetes and heart conditions. Of the 25,000 students who were weighed and measu…

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