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September 28, 2015

Does Subject-Matter Knowledge Count as Much as We Think?

For as long as there have been schools, there has been the debate over the importance of subject-matter knowledge. It doesn't matter as much as you may think.

September 25, 2015

What Is PISA?

When presidents and leaders of developed countries talk about how their education system is doing in comparison to other systems around the world, they use PISA as the data for the discussion, but many educators know very little about PISA. What is PISA?

September 23, 2015

5 Reasons You Won't Always Like This Blog

If you're always looking for blogs that only tell you what you want to hear about school, this is not the one, and there are at least 5 reasons why.

September 17, 2015

A Method for Fostering Better Observations

Many times teachers believe the observation process is a waste of time, and leaders don't always do anything to change that perception. Perhaps if they went through the observation process using a 3rd party video during a faculty meeting, the observation process may look a whole lot clearer.

September 10, 2015

4 Reasons Instructional Coaching Won't Work

Coaching is about deep, long lasting relationships between a teacher and coach. If we are entering into the coaching relationship we need to do it in a way that won't be a waste time. Here are 4 ways coaching won't work.

September 08, 2015

A Few Ideas for Flipped Faculty Meetings

Within-school variability, when it comes to teachers expertise, is an issue in most schools. Here are a few ways that the flipped faculty meeting can help build teacher efficacy, and minimize the within-school variability.

September 04, 2015

Leaders: Do Your Teachers Say This About Your Observations?

In a recent survey, 230 teachers answered questions regarding their observations. What they said should inspire leaders to try harder to follow through on the promises they made to themselves this summer to make their observations better.

September 02, 2015

4 Ways to Hack Opening Day!

"Opening days" are all around us if we think about it. What's your "opening day"? How can you hack it to inspire those in your district, school or classroom?

August 26, 2015

Do You Listen, Learn, and Lead? Or Just Lead?

It's expected that principals have a voice in their school community, but do they use it to lift others up or put them down?

August 24, 2015

3 Reasons Why Teachers Should Film Themselves Teaching

Teachers should video themselves teaching for many reasons, but here are 3 of the most powerful. Sadly, because of hostile school climates, many teachers will never be able to use the process for everything it's worth.

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