A roundup of recent education news and resources:
- On its third attempt, Kentucky finally receives federal Race to the Top funds. $17 million will fund professional development for Senate Bill 1 rollout and expanding programs for math, science, and technology.
- The latest ASCD Express features useful articles on leading with vision, the dynamic tension a principal faces between caring for the emotional needs of staff and pushing them to get things done, a video presentation from Doug Reeves on the necessity to limit new initiatives and improve professional development to make last school-wide change, plus more.
- Indiana's sweeping new voucher law is popular. Nearly 4,000 students have already left public schools to exercise school choice under the law. Now the National Education Association is challenging the law in court.
- What is the proper role for the federal government in education? Read a fascinating exchange between the American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess and the Cato Institute's Neal McCluskey here, here, and here.
- As we discuss in EDAD 696, Advanced Organizational Theory, conflict is not in itself a bad thing. In fact, conflict can be the sign of a healthy, growing organization. How leaders respond to conflict can steer an organization toward greater effectiveness - or off a cliff. Read more in a series of articles from Learning Forward's winter newsletter, Tools for Learning Schools.
Finally, just a reminder that classes for the WKU Spring Semester begin January 23. If you're enrolled in one of my courses, start checking your WKU email regularly as I'll be sending out important announcements and information in advance of the new semester. See you in class!