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LeaderShipShape February 2014
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Unfortunately, the "groundhog” saw his shadow on February 2nd and we can look forward to 6 more weeks of wintry weather. This means that the month of February is likely to give you lots of opportunity to snuggle close to a fire and review recent activities related to policy, leadership and networking.


Pre-K Remains Hot State Policy Topic
Early education appears to be maintaining legislative momentum at the state level this year, when lawmakers will deal with healthier budgets. Policymakers in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri are proposing to expand pre-kindergarten funding. ECS' Bruce Atchison said states also may move to improve their governance structures and create a seamless P-20 education continuum, or they may bolster their early-learning quality standards. See ECS' pre-K funding report. (Education Week, 02/05/14)

Schott Foundation Releases New Infographic: Alternatives to School Closures
A new infographic created by the Schott Foundation's Opportunity to Learn Campaign shows alternatives to closing down struggling schools arguing "you can't improve schools by shutting them down." View the infographic.


Lasting Impact: A Business Leader’s Playbook for Supporting America’s Schools.
Business leaders can work with educators to raise the odds that improvement will accelerate. The most progressive business leaders have realized that the changes in PK–12 education are creating new ways for business to support education. Tapping these opportunities requires moving away from business’s traditional "checkbook philanthropy.” Beyond providing money, business leaders are partnering closely with educators and with one another to pursue three kinds of transformative actions. Access the full report.


How is network leadership different from organizational leadership and why is understanding this difference important?
Network leadership, unlike conventional leadership approaches, is collective, distributed, bottom-up, facilitative and emergent. Click here
to ‘chart’ the differences between organizational and networking leadership.

New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World
Network leadership strategies connect leaders across boundaries of race, sector, and geography and create an environment that builds and fosters trusted relationships. Read the full report.

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