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January 06, 2017

When It Comes to the 4 C's, Some Principals Aren't Making the Grade

After posting Teachers, 'What Feedback Would You Give Your Principals?' many teachers filled out a survey explaining that what their principal believes they are good at as a leader, is not necessarily true. Read the responses and think to yourself, "What can I learn from this?"

January 01, 2017

3 'Simple' Ideas Every Educator Should Work on in 2017

It's 2017 and we are all in the mood to have deeper relationships and make the year better than the one we had in 2016. The Big three strategies in this blog are sure to help deepen the relationships we have with others.

December 18, 2016

8 Reasons Why School Secretaries Deserve More Credit

It's not Administrative Assistant's Day. You didn't forget the flowers. Even though it's not a national day to say thanks to the secretary, there are at least 8 reasons why you should do it today anyway.

December 11, 2016

Teachers, What Feedback Would You Give Your Principal?

As a teacher, if you could really provide feedback to your school leader what feedback (positive or negative) would you give them? What do you really want them to know?

December 07, 2016

Have Educators Been Bystanders for Too Long?

"Everybody knows that something is amiss, afoot, and adrift, and nobody seems to know what to do. This puts education in the forefront of figuring out the future of humankind." Are we prepared to do it?

December 04, 2016

Collaborative Reflection: How Do You Lead?

Building collective efficacy among staff has a high effect size and is a characteristic of a collaborative leader. Unfortunately, not every situation in leadership can be collaborative. There are 4 types of leadership styles. In this blog those 4 styles are explained and a reflective tool is offered as a way for leaders to see where they spend most of their time.

November 28, 2016

7 Ways to Create a More Positive School Climate

We seem to be surrounded by negativity which can harm our school climate. Research shows that a happy school climate results in better engaged students. Here are 7 ways to make your school climate happier.

November 20, 2016

Why Collaborative Inquiry? Professional Learning That Makes a Difference

Do you want deeper professional learning? Are you tired of professional development that wastes your time? Have you tried collaborative inquiry? If you don't know what collaborative inquiry is, this is the blog for you.

November 15, 2016

School Climate: Why Avoiding Tough Conversations Limits Our Learning

School climate is very popular these days in educational circles. The only issue with that is school leaders often avoid talking about the topics that will make their climates better.

November 08, 2016

Does Self-Efficacy Really Matter?

Ashton and Webb (1986) found that, "Teachers with low teaching efficacy don't feel that teachers, in general, can make much of a difference in the lives of students, while teachers with low personal teaching efficacy don't feel that they, personally, affect the lives of the students." Yeah, I'd say self-efficacy matters.

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