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Who’s Taking Care of the Principal?
Who’s Taking Care of the Principal?

By: Krysia Gabenski, Digital Communications, NAESP Leading learning communities amid a global pandemic has proven to be incredibly challenging. School leaders have prioritized their students and staff and pivoted their practices time and again to meet new and emerging needs in their school... Continue Reading

01/19/2023


Leadership Lessons from Wordle
Leadership Lessons from Wordle

I played my 100th Wordle puzzle this morning! As I have strategically laid out my letters and words over the past few months, I continue to think about how Wordle relates to leadership. In true Wordle fashion, here are 6 Leadership Lessons from Wordle… 1-Every day I am convinced at some... Continue Reading

01/12/2023


New Year, New FASA Website
New Year, New FASA Website

New Year, New FASA Website By: FASA Staff A new year often brings new changes. For FASA, a major change is our new... Continue Reading

01/5/2023


Knowing, Engaging, Celebrating: What Leaders Can Do Now to Retain Teachers
Knowing, Engaging, Celebrating: What Leaders Can Do Now to Retain Teachers

By: Jenna Bartkiewicz, Partner, Education Elements Ms. Evans had, by most demonstrable measures, a successful year. If you had popped by her classroom on any day of the week, you would have likely marked nearly all the boxes on whatever checklist you entered with: student engagement was high,... Continue Reading

12/2/2022


Leading Up While Managing the Unexpected?
Leading Up While Managing the Unexpected?

By: Elvis Epps, Principal, Lake Worth Community High School One of my favorite television shows was Star Trek as a child. No one on television was as cool and calm as Captain James T. Kirk. In every show, Captain Kirk would end up fighting an alien force. His primary duties as the captain of... Continue Reading

11/18/2022


Teacher Recruitment & Retention: From Principal Practice to Teacher Perceptions
Teacher Recruitment & Retention: From Principal Practice to Teacher Perceptions

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: From Principal Practice to Teacher Perceptions By: Cynthia L. Johnson As the number of teachers that leave a school increases, the struggle to recruit highly-qualified teachers also increases. At the same time, the quality of the teacher workforce... Continue Reading

11/8/2022


Five Lessons Learned as an Educational Leader
Five Lessons Learned as an Educational Leader

Five Lessons Learned as an Educational Leader By: Richard Surrency, Superintendent, Putnam County Schools I am the elected superintendent of the Putnam County School District serving in my sixth year. Since my first day in office, beginning in November of 2016, our district has focused on... Continue Reading

11/4/2022


A School is Only as Strong as its Community, and a Community is Only as Strong as its School
A School is Only as Strong as its Community, and a Community is Only as Strong as its School

A School is Only as Strong as its Community, and a Community is Only as Strong as its School By: Adam Lane, Principal, Haines City High School A school is only as strong as its community and a community is only as strong as its school!I want to thank the General Federation of Women's... Continue Reading

10/28/2022


Leading Change During Challenging Times
Leading Change During Challenging Times

By: Carla L. Sparks, Ed.D., Faculty Lead and Program Director of Educational Leadership Programs at National Louis University’s Florida Regional Center In my current leadership role, I have spent countless hours during the last two years on the phone and on zoom talking with teacher... Continue Reading

10/12/2022


You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup
You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

By: Joyce Conley, Assistant Principal, Whispering Oak Elementary School, Orange County We have spent the past two-plus years focusing on the social and emotional well being of our students and staff. As leaders, we are tasked with the work of providing an environment of a supportive and... Continue Reading

10/5/2022


The New Worlds Reading Initiative and Our Vision for Florida to Become the Most Literate State in th
The New Worlds Reading Initiative and Our Vision for Florida to Become the Most Literate State in th

By: Dr. Paige Pullen, Chief Academic Officer at the UF Lastinger Center for Learning When I returned to my alma mater and took on my position at the Lastinger Center in 2017, I presented a case for what I call “a vision for a literate Florida.” My goal, then and now, is to help... Continue Reading

09/29/2022


A lifelong ladder: The power of effective literacy instruction
A lifelong ladder: The power of effective literacy instruction

By: Dr. Liz Brooke, CCC-SLP Is the curriculum we’re using to teach students to read working? The data tells us it is not. While 95% percent of students have the capacity to learn to read (when using programs based on the science of reading), only about 34% of fourth and eighth grade... Continue Reading

09/21/2022