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November 22, 2015

Even Instructional Coaches Need Coaching

As teachers, we are only one step away from a bad lesson, which is why instructional coaching is so important. However, a recent bad performance made me realize that coaches need some coaching too.

November 04, 2015

3 Reasons Why Status Prevents You From Collaborating

When coaches and leaders have difficulty creating authentic dialogue that will help foster collaboration, they may not understand that their status may be the wedge that causes the issue.

October 18, 2015

Lack of Collaboration? Maybe It's You

It's easy for us to look at a parent, student or colleague who doesn't want to engage with us, and blame them for the lack of engagement. However, before we do that we need to look at how we are approaching them and see if there is something we can change within our approach.

September 30, 2015

Do We Provoke Misbehavior in Our Students?

In our effort to create optimal learning spaces and focus on learning, are teachers actually provoking the misbehavior that prevents them from getting to that learning with students?

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.

June 14, 2015

Failure Is Inevitable, Plan Accordingly

We talk a lot about failure but don't like to experience it. It happens to us all, even children, and we should plan accordingly.

April 30, 2015

An Emotion Revolution in American Education

What feelings should classrooms focus on? All of them. Isn't it time for some legislation to support social-emotional learning?

April 26, 2015

Parent Teacher Conferences: Something's Got to Give

How many of us have sat through pointless or less-than-informational parent-teacher conferences? It's time to turn that around.

April 17, 2015

Please, No More Professional Development!

Professional development are two words that teachers dread. But what if leaders and teachers changed the focus and followed this 5 point plan?

April 13, 2015

I'm a Principal Without Teaching Experience

Does it really matter whether principals have teaching experience before they take a position in leadership? Perhaps it's not the position you come from that much as the experience you bring.

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