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Today's School Principal: Leading Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

An in depth look into the many roles of today’s school principal.  The importance of a principal’s ability to: Shape a vision of academic success for all students, create a climate hospitable to education, cultivation of leadership in others, improvement of instruction, and management of people, data, and processes to foster school improvement.

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    Leading Change Handbook: Concepts and Tools

    This is a practical guide for administrators and leaders to effectively create change within a school or organization. The step-by-step process outlined here provides leaders with methods to assess stakeholder perceptions, reduce resistance, develop collaborative decision making, and evaluate results. The purpose is to help leaders maximize change and minimize risk.

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    Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning- Instructional Leadership

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    Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning- Collective Leadership

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    Districts and Their Leaders: How They Foster School Improvement and Student Learning

    This powerpoint presentation highlights the key findings of a CASDA study, looking at how administrators can improve student learning by promoting parental involvement and community collaboration in schools.  Based on survey and interview results, this study found that leaders who are open to community collaboration in decision making are often more successful in improving schools and that participatory democratic decision making can have positive impacts on student learning.

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    Saratoga Springs: Danielson and APPR

    This Powerpoint presentation was developed by CASDA staff for a professional development session at Saratoga Springs City School District.  It outlines the new annual professional performance review laws and guidelines, defines the roles of building and district instructional leaders, and provides a 4-step framework for effective teaching.

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    High School Principal Search Proposal, Newburgh City School District

    An example of one of CASDA’s services, CASDA has helped fill administration positions throughout the Capital Region.  Utilizing their extensive networks, CASDA faculty members can help find your school or district the best candidates for any open administration positions.

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    Public School Reaction to Issues of Student Diversity

    This Powerpoint presentation by University at Albany School of Education professor William J. Anders discusses the rationale for diversity in schools, citing sources that highlight the growing need for meaningful mulitcultural education.  It outlines four levels of integration of multicultural education, some of the assumptions behind these levels, and the need for school leaders and administrators to foster diversity at the school level.

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    Lessons from 1990-1994: Planning and Budgeting for Sustainability

    In this January 2011 webinar, panelists discussed the actions taken by schools duringthe last major recession and asked what schools today can do to promote student achievement during economically difficult times.  How can schools responsibly reduce or eliminate programs? Are there systemic or structural changes that can be made at the district level?  This powerpoint also offers some recommendations for leaders to promote sustainable schools and programs.

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    Personal Assessment of Management Skills

    Self-assessment of leadership and management style

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