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Back-Office Process Innovation Can Impact Performance as Much as Tech Innovation

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By: Sara Chou. School districts are drowning in paperwork. Ask most school or district employees what they dread most, and there's a good chance that paperwork will be close to the top of the list for teachers, principals, school site secretaries and district admins.

AltSchool: Designing the Future of Learning

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For the past four years, AltSchool has been building a technology-enabled network to empower and connect families, students and teachers. Learn more about what else this innovative school is working toward.

Words of Wisdom To Inspire & Motivate Educators

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The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and many of us could use a little motivation to make it across the finish line. Here are some of my favorite words of wisdom from teachers and leaders who help me stay moving.

Supporting Student Agency of SEL

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By: Jessica Berlinski. Let's support students in owning their own SEL by providing them with the tools they need to develop agency. Here are two unique programs that represent powerful methods for building SEL agency for future career and life success.

Structures Drive Behavior: Right is Magic, Wrong is Deadly

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Most of us work and learn in networks, and the first role of a leader is getting the system's conditions, connections and culture right. Here are 10 lessons on effective network structures and examples of each in education.

Getting Smart Podcast | Student-Led One Stone is Transforming Boise

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One Stone is a student-led school in Boise, Idaho, that we think is one of the coolest schools in the country. Listen in as students who attend this innovative school share the benefits and lessons they've learned serving on its student-led board.

Getting Smart Podcast | Leadership for School Progress in Poway Unified

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Poway Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps and Joseph Erpelding, Principal of Design39 discuss leading for progress, empowering students and families to succeed and how to spread great ideas within a district.

8 Ways to Celebrate Moms in the Classroom For Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day is next Sunday, so here are eight creative ideas for the classroom to help talk about mothers and all that they do for your students and our world.

13 Tips for Generating Interesting Blog Content

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Our team writes hundreds of blogs a year, so we know how hard it can be sometimes to keep the ideas flowing. Here are 13 tips from all of us to help you keep and maintain a steady stream of interesting blog content.

A Maine School District’s Approach To Personalized Learning

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When districts are considering personalized learning, it's important for them to reflect on their own vision, culture and transparency. I asked RSU-2 Superintendent Bill Zima to share his insight on these three themes for his district's personalized learning journey.

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