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Education evaluation tools and implementation of evidence-based practices

William Woods EDU

One of the key elements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which took into full effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is a mandate for states to develop and implement an evidence-based plan for improving lowest-performing schools. Evidence-based plan refers to leveraging specific practices that have demonstrated — through research — improved student outcomes. […]

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February 21st, 2020

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How education leaders view innovation

William Woods EDU

According to a 2018 national survey on education innovation by the Education Week Research Center, roughly two-thirds of school principals and three-quarters of district administrators expect innovation to be a high or very high priority in the future. The motives that are driving education leaders to innovate vary depending on their specific role. For example, […]

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January 21st, 2020

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Gender diversity in education leadership

William Woods EDU

According to a recent policy paper published by the Chiefs for Change, a nonprofit network of state and district leaders that advocates for educational equity for all students, the vast majority of top-level, education leadership positions — namely district superintendents and state chiefs —are white men. While women make up three-quarters of all teachers as well […]

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December 23rd, 2019

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Educators celebrate Missouri Read-In Day

William Woods EDU

According to The Nation’s Report Card, a collection of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data, in 2015 a little over one third of fourth and eighth grade students performed at or above proficiency in reading. The National Center for Education Statistics shows that the average reading score of fourth and eighth graders in the […]

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March 27th, 2017

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 2: An educator’s role

William Woods EDU

In our last Look Into Education post, we discussed the mental health crisis that is sweeping across schools in the U.S. — with estimates of one in five children experiencing some type of severe mental illness in their life. We’ve discussed the role of education leaders in this crisis, however, in this post we will […]

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December 30th, 2016

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The mental health epidemic in schools, part 1: An education leader’s role

William Woods EDU

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, approximately 13 percent of children ages 8-15 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life, and for those ages 13-18 it is 21.4 percent. Over the past several months, NPR has been producing a special series called A Silent Epidemic: The Mental Health Crisis […]

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December 28th, 2016

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Education leaders learn lessons walking in their students’ shoes

William Woods EDU

While William Woods education graduates scatter across nearly all of Missouri’s 567 school districts as teachers, principals and superintendents, they all wake each school day to a shared question and concern: how well do I relate to my students? Do you have a strong understanding of what their day-to-day school life looks like? What if […]

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September 13th, 2016

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Heroes in low-income schools: Part 2

William Woods EDU

In our last Look Into Education blog, we discussed the great need in Missouri and all across the U.S. for education leaders — heroes — to step into low-income schools and enact change. Linda Cliatt-Wayman grew up attending Strawberry Mansion High School, a low-income school in Philadelphia, and shares her story in a TED Talk. […]

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August 23rd, 2016

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Heroes in low-income schools: Part 1

William Woods EDU

For the first time in recent history, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools come from low-income families — 51 percent. In Missouri, 45 percent of public school students come from low-income families, according to a report from the Southern Education Foundation. But […]

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August 16th, 2016

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Bachelors in education students learn the importance of leadership in and outside the classroom

William Woods EDU

In February of this year, four leading education groups — The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the U.S. Department of Education — met at the 2016 National Summit on Teachers Leadership to encourage and empower more educators to be leaders in their […]

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July 5th, 2016

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