JSD, December 2012: Leadership

Dec 05, 2012



JSD Professional learning guideDownloadNow_small

Use this companion to the December 2012 issue of JSD to facilitate discussion and reflection of the thematic articles. (Available to the public.)

Up close: Deep smarts start hereDownloadNow_small

  • Connecting the Standards for Professional Learning
  • Principals and the Common Core

Leader voices: Principals reflect on the evolution of their leadership DownloadNow_small

Meet three successful school leaders and learn about their growth as leaders and how they make professional learning a part of the everyday work of schools.

Leadership through learning: When people are enlightened, they want to take action DownloadNow_small
By Tracy Crow

Anthony Muhammad, author and school leadership expert, shares his strategies for leadership: Model learning, experiment with ideas, create a healthy culture, understand people and pedagogy, and embrace scholarship.

Strength training: Aspiring principals need fortified programs to prepare them for the challenges they face DownloadNow_small
By Jennifer Gill

A report by The Wallace Foundation offers lessons on how to address weaknesses in leadership training: Be selective in recruiting candidates, build instructional leadership, involve states and districts, and support principals on the job.
This article is sponsored by The Wallace Foundation. (Available to the public.)

Wide-open opportunities: Teacher leaders can help rural schools make the most of meager resources DownloadNow_small
By Melia Franklin

For rural schools and districts struggling to meet the same standards as their urban and suburban counterparts, the key is to find and encourage teacher leaders who can use their expertise to help their school or district do more with less.
(Available to the public.)

Buoyed on all sides: A network of support guides teacher leaders in high-needs schoolsDownloadNow_small
By Marisa Suescun, Toby Romer, and Elisa MacDonald

The Teach Plus T3 Initiative recruits, develops, and supports teams of high-performing teachers to teach and lead in low-performing schools and ultimately accelerate student learning.

Out of isolation: Superintendents band together to improve instruction and equity in their districts DownloadNow_small
By Thomas Hatch and Rachel Roegman

The ideas, resources, and routines of the New Jersey Network of Superintendents combine with other factors to influence the instructional core in one district.

What leadership looks like: Videos help aspiring leaders get the picture DownloadNow_small
By Lynn V. Clark

National programs such as New Leaders and School Leaders Network have developed expertise in ways to combine videos of practices proven to drive student gains with critical self-reflection and job-embedded application.

Who are the advocates in your school? Professional learning cries out for leaders to shape it as a relevant and energizing force DownloadNow_small
By Hayes Mizell

Professional development will not serve all educators well unless leaders at each level make professional learning their business, advocating for it individually and collectively.

Tool: IC maps for teachers DownloadNow_small

In this expanded tool section, eight pages of IC maps outline the three key ideas of the Leadership standard and how they look in practice.


From the editorDownloadNow_small
By Tracy Crow
(Available to the public.)

Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the fieldDownloadNow_small

  • Global outlook
  • Steal these tools
  • Michigan teachers
  • Evaluation design
  • Framework for Australia's schools
  • Policies and practice
  • Teacher effectiveness


IC maps for teachers.
(Available to the public.)

Cultural proficiencyDownloadNow_small
By Patricia L. Guerra and Sarah W. Nelson

Culture's influence on behavior doesn't stop at the classroom door. (Available to the public.)


  • Book Club
  • Board members elected
  • On Board: Kenneth Salim on seizing opportunities to lead
  • Sign up for e-learning programs
  • Pledge to change lives
(Available to the public.)

From the director DownloadNow_small
By Stephanie Hirsh
(Available to the public.)


3 steps, 1 goal: Teacher teams boost math instruction using 3-part learning design DownloadNow_small
By Regina M. Mistretta

A three-step program introduces teachers to student learning objectives, offers a focus lesson in a real-life classroom, and follows up with a facilitator-guided discussion.