California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Videos Index

View a rich collection of video vignettes of school practices that illustrate one or more aspects of the California Department of Education's (CDE) 12 Recommendations for Middle Grades Success.

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Recommendation 9—Leadership

Video: Focusing on Leadership (WMV; 6:37) | MOV

Abstract: Educators offer their perspectives on the importance of leadership in achieving middle grades excellence. Featured are the role of a county office of education in supporting school districts as well as a district superintendent’s commitment to recruit “star” district and school site leaders. One principal describes the qualities he seeks when hiring middle grades teachers while another details how she provides feedback that supports teaching and learning. Keywords: professional development, recruitment, leadership, best practices, classroom observation, teacher leadership, distributed leadership, video