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July 24, 2015

8 Ways to Prevent Within School Variability

The difference in teacher expertise within schools has a huge impact on learning within the classroom. Instead of staying in silos, school leaders should be harnessing what John Hattie calls the Power of Collaborative Expertise.

July 22, 2015

7 Words to Know When Helping Transgender Students

When the topic of the LGBTQ curriculum comes up in discussion, it brings about very strong feelings. The NY State Education Department's guidance on transgender students will certainly add fuel to the fire.

July 17, 2015

Why a 'Growth Mindset' Won't Work

John Hattie's research shows that growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset has an effect size of .19, which is below the Hinge Point, and the biggest reason why the growth mindset may not work is in the classroom.

July 14, 2015

Have You Been Teaching the Same Grade Too Long?

We may think the best grade we ever taught is the one we are teaching in now, when the best grade we ever taught may end up being the one we were afraid to try.

June 23, 2015

School Climate: What Is the Road Map to Success?

School climate is an important issue for all schools, but the direction school stakeholders is dependent on their needs. What road map is needed to provide their direction?

June 21, 2015

School Climate: Is It Fragmented, Piecemeal, and Counterproductively Competitive?

The Carnegie Task Force states, "While school systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge." Is the competition for resources killing their chances?

June 12, 2015

School Curriculum: LGBTQ Students Are Still MIA

Despite, what seems to be growing acceptance in the US, LGBTQ students are very much MIA when it comes to curriculum.

June 02, 2015

Do We Practice What We Preach?

As teachers we say that there are benefits of failure and we should have the growth mindset, but our words don't always support that.

May 26, 2015

The Learning Pit: Fostering a Growth Mindset

Sometimes learning is hard work for adults and students, which is why the Learning Pit is important.

May 11, 2015

3 Reasons Why Your Observations May Be a Waste of Time

Teacher observations should be one of the most important jobs completed between a leader and teacher, but there are 3 reasons why they are typically a waste of time.

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