When we were preparing to launch the Association for Academic Leaders, we did our homework. In surveys and interviews, we asked Academic Leaders what they needed in order to do their jobs well. We heard clearly that it’s too easy to get swept into the day-to-day work. Academic Leaders want to have easy access to big ideas and the research that supports change.
This week, we’re launching a new member-exclusive resource we expect to build annually. Magazines and newspapers do their year in review pieces in December, collating the reporting, review, and, think pieces that have made an impact. Looking back in December, however, doesn’t make sense for educators.
As part of schools’ member benefits, they’ll receive Marking the Moment 2022, a slide deck and resource list that brings together research and analysis to tell the story of the academic year we’re finishing this May. This project is designed to provide a conceptual framework that allows Academic Leaders to see trends and data in the context of the narrative of the school year, and to present the sources that allow you to dig deeper.
Marking the Moment 2022 includes explorations of topics including technology, teacher retention, standardized testing, and the mental health crisis. Each of these connects Academic Leaders to key data points and research that they can use to explore the issue with teammates, teachers, and families, and takeaways that can help focus questions and find answers.
If you’d like to learn more about Marking the Moment and the Association for Academic Leaders, please reach out to Sarah Hanawald, Senior Director of the Association. It’s been a year–and these stories matter.
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