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Commencement Words of Wisdom

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“I came to William Woods looking for my life,” Dr. Gina (Gentry) Loudon told an audience of graduating students, faculty and parents the William Woods University commencement this May. Dr. Gina as she is known to readers and followers is a conservative author, anchor, columnist, talk show host and frequent news commentator. She returned to […]

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July 30th, 2015

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Drucker on Leading School Change

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Management thought leader, consultant and author Peter Drucker — known to generations of corporate, non-profit and education leaders —may be less known to a new generation of aspiring Missouri principals and school leaders. Drucker (1909-2005) focused much of his writing and teaching on how humans respond to change, and how organizational culture can shape outcomes […]

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April 16th, 2015

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Building Better Principals Through Training Programs

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Ongoing questions and debate about how to best recruit, educate, mentor and evaluate school principals prompted the Wallace Foundation to launch what it calls the Principal Pipeline Initiative in August 2011, with six urban school districts across the country participating. At the core of the initiative, an ambitious, multi-year effort, is the belief that a […]

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March 17th, 2015

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Spotlight: Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)

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William Woods University graduate students use their degrees in leadership positions in their schools and districts. Many students, including the masters of education administration, doctorate of education leadership and others – get involved in organizations that regularly offer development opportunities even after they graduate. The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP), for example, serves […]

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December 19th, 2014

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Achievement Gap Series: Part II…making a difference

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In part two of our look at achievement gaps, we turn attention to the McGraw Hill Financial Research Foundation, which each year tries to focus attention on outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to education innovation. Closing achievement gaps is the focus of the Foundation’s 2014 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education winners. Past […]

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November 6th, 2014

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Achievement Gap Series: Part I…the Missouri picture

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Data on achievement gaps of many kinds continue to pile up for educators to consider. In the next several posts, we will look at the achievement gap issue from a variety of perspectives. A report from the Missouri K-16 Coalition confirms that both nationally and within Missouri, geographical location, socioeconomic status, and race are correlated […]

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October 16th, 2014

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Where Missouri School Leaders Can Make the Biggest Difference

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A Wallace Foundation research review that looks at How Leadership Influences Student Learning offers many insights for current or aspiring Missouri principals and superintendents. In the first of a series of related posts, we’ll consider one finding: the impact of a strong school leader is “greatest in schools with the greatest need.” Often, those at-risk […]

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September 25th, 2014

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Leadership: 3 Quick Self-Assessment Tools for Every Aspiring Principal

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While a school like William Woods University can provide most of the academic bedrock needed to become a school leader through a program such as our Education Specialist in Administration degree, the real test of whether such a degree is right for you begins with close self-study. Leading a school community may well be one […]

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August 22nd, 2014

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A wide-angle take on improving school health

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One issue facing Missouri school leaders that underscores the daily — sometimes hourly — need for superintendents to rally cooperation across audiences is the pursuit of improved school health. Writing in the Journal of School Health in 1987, Diane Allensworth and Lloyd Kolbe named eight features to a healthy school: Health Education Physical Education Health […]

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August 15th, 2014

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