Leaders tell teachers they need to collaborate, but leaders need to be a part of the process too. It's time leaders practice what they preach.


We often hear that parents need to be held accountable, which is a really interesting topic. Do we as educators want parents to be accountable only when it serves our purposes? Or do we want to work in partnership with them even when they want to hold us accountable as well?


Critics of social-emotional learning say there is no place for it in schools. However, they are probably people who do not spend much time in schools and might be surprised to read the staggering statistics on trauma and mental health issues in school.


Mass shootings have become too commonplace in our nation's schools but they are preventable. Here are some ways to stop the violence.


Many assistant principals are leaders who hope to one day move into the principalship. However, when asked what the biggest barrier is for assistant principals, their answer may surprise you.


Education seems to lose the spotlight to presidential Tweets that aren't very presidential. However, there are eight critical issues that all educators, and those who value education, need to know about.


Finding Common Ground has always been more than a blog, it has been a community of learners. After writing the Finding Common Ground blog for over 6 years, it is time for Peter DeWitt to focus on other things. This is his last official blog post for Education Week.


Mayhem, Madness and Multiple Messages. What Really Works In Our Schools?


In Education Week, June, 2017 Chester E. Finn, Jr. writes that social-emotional learning (SEL) is the same "hoax" as the earlier flawed California self-esteem movement and is grounded in equivalent "faux psychology." We explain why his view is extremely short-sighted.


The value of being in classrooms to provide feedback seems like an obvious one, and yet so many principals can find themselves trapped in their office, piled under the daily minutia preventing them from getting into classrooms to provide feedback.


The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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