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“Fail to plan? Plan to fail.” That familiar adage is a powerful reminder that, like any other important project, a successful search for a head of school begins with a well-thought-out plan. Ideally developed well in advance of either a sudden or anticipated change in the head’s office, a leadership succession plan serves as both a framework for thinking about the school’s future leadership and a guide for the board as it attends to what is arguably its most important task: securing the school’s next leader and ensuring continuity of leadership. Systematic planning for the inevitable leadership change has never been more important for independent schools. ...
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Our schools have long embraced the value of diversity in our schools on ethical and moral grounds. At the ground level, all of us have operated from the intuitive sense that there are many tangible benefits to diversity, although we might struggle to define them, precisely. Now, a research study just published by Teachers College, How Racially Diverse Schools and Classrooms Can Benefit All Students , coauthored by Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology & Education at Teachers College, and doctoral students Lauren Fox and Diana Cordova-Cobo., provides empirical evidence that students in diverse schools enjoy numerous benefits. In short, the study ...
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Everyone has her/​​his favorite list of "21st Century Skills" that outlines what students need to learn in schools so they can be successful in their future. Things are advancing so rapidly, however, that many of those lists are already outdated. One that is still current and thought-provoking comes from the innovator, Dr. Phillip Alvelda , a former space scientist, holder of more than 20 patents, and self-described "unrepentant inventor and serial entrepreneur." With one foot in the future, Dr. Alvelda is committed to helping our schools teach students to become innovators. For our students to not only succeed in the future, but help create it, ...
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