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August 09, 2016

Managing the Onslaught: 7 Tips for Principals Trying to Survive August

Ah...summer time. Before principals know it the school year is quickly approaching. Here are 7 tips to survive August.

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.

July 24, 2016

Why Collaboration Doesn't Work

If we consider what it is we want to collaborate on, the process to take, the people involved, and how it all fits into our context, collaboration can be very powerful. Many times however, it all falls flat and these are some of the reasons why.

July 19, 2016

Synergy or Consensus: Which One Do You Build?

Compliant learning. We all engage in it, and then do it to our students. It leads to consensus building rather than synergizing where we build the best ideas together. We need to meet, model and motivate in order to synergize those best ideas.

July 17, 2016

6 Beliefs to Help Prevent Communication Breakdown

We enter into conversations all the time without thinking much about it, and we certainly don't practice the art of communication like we train before a 5K. All of that can lead to a communication breakdown, and here are 6 ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

July 10, 2016

Professional Development: Are You Content With the Scenario?

Professional development is done with us, and sometimes it's done to us. When it comes to your professional development, are you content with the scenario? If so, here are a few ways to change that.

July 01, 2016

If Schools Had a Relationship Status, It Would Be 'It's Complicated'

Schools are sometimes like hoarders. They keep collecting stuff and don't get rid of the things they don't need.

June 28, 2016

Collaboration: Are You Compelled or Repelled?

Collaboration is quite the buzz word. Are you compelled or repelled by collaboration?

June 23, 2016

My Bad: Why We Need to Talk About Our Shortcomings

Mistakes, errors, misjudgments...whatever you want to call them are an important part of our learning. In a show called My Bad, we get the opportunity to hear form teachers and leaders about their greatest mistakes and what they learned form them.

June 21, 2016

Magic Bullets and Sacred Cows

Not every old method is bad. Not every new initiative is good. Rather than holding on to sacred cows or embracing magic bullets, we need to work together within our schools to figure out what is best for the students we teach.

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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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