SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How effective are you at getting your recommendations approved?

  • Extremely — I always get approval on the first try: 7%
  • Very — I usually get approval but sometimes it takes a few tries: 69%
  • Somewhat — I get approval but it’s a challenge: 18%
  • Not very — I rarely get my recommendations approved: 5%
  • Not at all — My recommendations never get approved: 2%

It’s all in the pitch. You’re pitching ideas all the time. The key to getting that pitch approved is making sure your communication approach is tailored to your audience. This includes thinking through that stakeholder’s “button” to determine what will spur them on to action. Remember – different stakeholders have different buttons. That means you’ll need separate communications for each.…

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Every Tuesday SmartBrief on EdTech runs Tech Tips, a column featuring practical advice from school technologists and tech-using educators. This month, we are running a roundup of the top tips from the year. Below are ideas for encouraging teacher growth and success; streamlining IT processes; and driving student engagement.

Helping teachers develop a “growth mindset”

To encourage teachers to innovate using technology, they should be encouraged to develop a “growth mindset,” writes Andrew Hamilton, technology integration specialist at Northeast Metro Intermediate District 916 in Minnesota. In this blog post, he writes that this mindset will not develop overnight and shares several tips to help foster the change.

5 truths for teaching success

The teaching profession is evolving, and educators should be ready to move with the tides of change, systems and leadership coach Michael Niehoff writes in this blog post. He shares five facts he believes educators must embrace to remain successful in the field

How schools can improve the computer-login process

Schools should simplify the login process for students to give them faster access to technology, writes James Roodhouse, technology director for Geneseo CUSD 228 in Geneseo, Ill.…

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badgeSmartBlog on Education’s monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.

Our editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award. These award winners are then in the running for our annual Educators’ Choice Award.

Meet this month’s winners:

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