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April 14, 2019

If You're Coaching and Not Learning, You're Not Coaching

Many people may believe a coach is the one with all of the power, but true coaching can offer learning opportunities for the coach and the person being coached. Here are four areas where I did some learning.

April 07, 2019

Does Your School Board Have a Governance Mindset?

School district governance is one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated functions in education. Here are four areas boards need to know to be successful, according to retired executive director of the California School Boards Association Davis Campbell.

March 31, 2019

Should Targeted Coaching Support Focus on Instructional Leadership?

Instructional leadership is easy to talk about but hard to put into practice, which is where coaching comes in. Here's how, according to Peter DeWitt.

March 17, 2019

Why Are Some Special Education Teachers Treated Like Second-Class Citizens?

As soon as a student receives the classification of special education, that label can create a glass ceiling for them. However, that label has long created a glass ceiling for their special education teachers.

March 10, 2019

12 Books You Need on Your Leadership Bookshelf

Every so often I love when I get into a space of learning where I can sit down, read a book, and take multiple notes, writes Peter DeWitt.

February 17, 2019

Teachers Are Not Completely Confident in Their 'Instructional Leader'

Recently, several hundred leaders filled out a survey stating they were confident in their ability to be instructional leaders. Many teachers filling out a like survey said, "Not so fast."

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.

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