The Answer Sheet: Leadership


Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Gov. Christie’s new crisis: Protests grow over state control of Newark schools

Christie’s appointed superintendent in Newark has become a chief target for critics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leadership

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Should principals stop visiting classrooms?

New findings suggest that informal classroom walkthroughs hurt student achievement.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leadership

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Angry principal tweets: ‘Strap up, there will be head injuries’

Why does the school board tolerate this kind of language from a public employee?

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Leadership

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

What it’s like in school to have principal after principal

A veteran teacher talks about the problem of principal turnover for students and teachers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Principals, School Leadership, The School Leadership Problem

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/21/2011

How Teach for America sees itself

Here, from the Teach for America website, is a detailed job posting that explains a lot about how the organization sees itself in the world of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Achievement gap, Achievement gap | Tags:  achievement gap, closing achievement gap, leadership for educational equity, michelle rhee, teach for america, teach for america job posting, teach for america jobs

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010

A wrong-headed experiment in school leadership

Can you imagine the military anointing a school superintendent as a brigadier general? Of course you can’t, but this won’t surprise you: The Board of Education in Wake County, N.C., tapped a brigadier general who has no experience in instruction or academic leadership to be the new superintendent of the 143,000-student school system. He did work for Michelle Rhee in D.C. public schools, though.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  educational leadership, gen. anthony tata, non-traditional superintendents, wake county public schools

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 12/09/2010

Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools

Fourteen teachers from urban schools around the country worked for a year to study how to improve troubled schools. Here are the results.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Teachers, Teachers, Teachers, Teachers | Tags:  larry ferlazzo, quality teachers, school reform, teacher assessment, teacher development, teacher planning, teachers, teachers leadership network, urban schools, urban teachers

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Willingham: Why Black deserves a chance to run NYC schools

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes: "Understanding and actually attending to teachers’ perspectives on New York City classrooms in 2010 is probably mostly a matter of listening, and of valuing what teachers have to say." That's why, he says, Cathy Black deserves a chance to run the schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers | Tags:  cathie black, cathleen black, daniel willingham, educational leadership, new york city schools, new york city schools chancellor, nyc schools, nyc schools chancellor

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/28/2010

Why non-educator school chiefs aren't the answer

Historian Larry Cuban looks at how big-city school systems decided to reach into the corporate ranks to find school superintendents, and why they are no silver bullet to improving schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Educational leadership, Educational leadership | Tags:  cathie black, cathleen black, educational leadership, qualifications for superintendents, school reform, school superintendents, schools, superintendents

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2010

NYC Chancellor Cathie Black, in her own words

In an effort to learn about Cathleen Black, the woman that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to succeed Joel Klein as head of the city’s public schools, I turned to the book she wrote: “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life.)”

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  basic black, cathie black, cathleen black, educational leadership, joel klein, leadership, mayor bloomberg, naep, new york city schools, nyc schools, school leadership

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 08/10/2010

The truth behind the get-tough success stories in school reform

A teacher takes apart the myths surrounding Joe Clark and his baseball bat, Michelle Rhee and her broom, and the whole notion that bullying tactics can actually improve a school long-term.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 08/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  joe clark, joe clark and baseball bat, michelle rhee, rhee and broom, school leadership, urban school reform