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October 08, 2015

5 Questions to Ask a CEO Before a District Takeover

Youngstown used to be a boomtown, and now politicians see it as broken. In a few weeks the school district may be handed over to a CEO. Here are 5 questions to ask them before handing them the keys.

October 07, 2015

The Principalship Needs a Makeover

Angry. Sitting in their office doing paperwork. Is that what you think of when you think of a principal? We think the principalship needs a make-over.

October 05, 2015

What's the Opposite of Top-Down Leadership?

How do we encourage that kind of partnership in other schools, because I'm not sure more accountability is the way to do it.

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.

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