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September 20, 2016

Instructional Coaching: Finally, an Easy Choice

There are many reasons why instructional coaching is crucial to teacher development, and here are a few ways to do it well.

September 18, 2016

How to Build Compliance and Kill Collaboration

There's compliance and then there is over-compliance. Over compliance is built by chipping away at one's credibility and it starts one conversation at a time after the person leaves the room.

September 13, 2016

John Hattie's Research Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

John Hattie's research is often seen as complicated but it doesn't have to be. DeWitt explores the basics of Hattie's research, and how to go deeper, in this blog post.

September 06, 2016

Leadership: It's Much More Than Doing Discipline and Blanket E-mails

Collaborative leadership is about working in partnership with those groups that are a part of the school community, and there are 6 influences based on the research of John Hattie to help get leaders there.

August 28, 2016

Why Can't Instructional Coaches Reinvent Themselves?

We always tell students to learn from their mistakes but it seems that we don't give the same courtesy to instructional coaches. Why is that? Here are five steps coaches can take to reinvent their program.

August 25, 2016

Observation: Can We Stop The One And Done?

Teacher observation has been a waste of time for many leaders and teachers. Instead of looking at observation as a 1 and done, we need to look at it as a cycle, and this blog helps explain how to do it.

August 23, 2016

3 Collaboration Tools and Tips for Education Leaders

Providing opportunities for teachers to interact with collaborative tools can help them brainstorm ideas for their own instructional goals. So why don't more leaders do it?

August 16, 2016

Learning Strategies, Not Learning Styles

Too often we put students in boxes and label them with learning styles, when we should be teaching them learning strategies to use when we aren't there to help support them. John Hattie has a new research paper out exploring strategies, and getting us to ponder whether our students have the skill, the will and the thrill to get there.

August 07, 2016

School Leadership: Stop Saying It's 'Going to the Dark Side'

So often leaders hear that they are "Going to the dark side" when they enter into school leadership. We need to stop treating leaders like they're leaving the trenches when they're actually right there in them with teachers.

August 01, 2016

Why Don't Educators Want to Be Coached?

In less than a week we will all be leaning in watching the Olympics. Thousands of athletes who have worked for years with their coach to improve in their sport. Why don't more teachers take advantage of the coaches they have in their buildings?

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