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School Is My Happy Place
Educator Effectiveness Spotlight

Happy staff. Hardworking students. Supportive parents.

School culture matters. It affects teachers’ morale and instruction,  parent engagement, and students’ behavior and learning. Developing and sustaining a positive school culture is hard — but one Florida elementary school has a lot of creative ideas for making it work.

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Principal Raises Academic Rigor With LDC and Good Assignments

In the fall of 2015, Southeastern School, a K-12 school serving a suburban community outside of Birmingham, Alabama, began adopting the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Mathematics Design Collaborative instructional strategies.

Before Southeastern made the commitment to implementing LDC and MDC, Principal Glenn Puckett knew it was important to have teacher buy-in and he asked some of the mid-career teachers to look into the literacy and math frameworks more closely.

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Classroom Time
Educator Effectiveness Spotlight

Competing priorities and increasing responsibilities mean principals are finding it harder to spend quality time in classrooms, in addition to formal observations. One Tennessee principal is navigating these challenges in thoughtful and productive ways.