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April 28, 2019

Our Increasingly Troubled World Creates an Engaging Opportunity for Students

"Engage the world as a learner, and you will inevitably find yourself in a change situation." Will your school be prepared?

April 26, 2019

Why the 20th Anniversary of Columbine Should Be About Listening to Students

As adults, our job is to ensure all children feel safe in school. Creating a safe space for learning starts with listening to our students. We must prioritize not only listening to our students but also using their input to enact change.

February 10, 2019

Addressing Criticisms of Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

There is a lot of pushback from critics when teachers and leaders try to address the social-emotional-learning needs of students. The reality is that social-emotional learning is not only easy to address, it's important to do so, and this post explains why.

February 03, 2019

Do Leaders Really Need to Be Content Experts?

Instructional leadership is easy to talk about but much more difficult to put into practice. And now leaders are being asked to be content experts, which is not the best use of their time and can lead to burnout. So, where do we start?

January 20, 2019

4 Reasons Educators Use Research and 4 Reasons They Don't

There is so much important research in education, but much of it doesn't get used. Here's why.

December 02, 2018

12 Areas School Leaders Should Focus on in 2019

2019 is quickly approaching. Here are 12 issues that leaders should have on their radar for the new year.

October 21, 2018

8 Super Important Words in Education That Are Literally Used in Different Ways

We love our educational words, but here are eight that are used on a daily basis by educators and leaders that can prove problematic for any school climate.

October 07, 2018

6 Improvements Inspired by Practicing Mindfulness

Education is much more stressful than people who are not involved with schools may realize, and mindfulness may be the answer to alleviating some of that stress. Here are six things we can learn from mindfulness.

September 12, 2018

Paddling Is Pathetic. Here Are 6 Alternatives.

The rhetoric around education has not always been kind, and it just got a whole lot worse because of a school's desire to bring back paddling. It's pathetic and there are better alternatives. Here are 6 of them.

September 09, 2018

How Can We Improve Professional Inquiry?

When questions arise about some aspect of assessment or grading, educators today seldom turn to reliable sources of research or evaluation evidence. They don't look for well-designed studies that have been published in reputable journals. Instead they turn to books, blogs, and social media as their primary sources of information. Basing policies and practices on the opinions gathered from books, blogs, and social media is a sure ticket to disaster.

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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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