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May 31, 2013

A Blog About Finding Our Happy Place...

Bellingham, Washington Principal Bob Sampson gave his students a sun day, instead of a snow day so they could see that life outside of school is just as important.

May 28, 2013

Are Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers Changing the Game?

Recently, professional basketball player Jason Collins came out, and he not only sent a message to other professional athletes, he sent a message to millions of gay men and women who have felt to unsafe to come out.

May 24, 2013

Creating a Plan Is Easy...Following Through Is Hard

When it comes to school climate, creating a plan is easy but following through is hard.

May 21, 2013

Can We Do the Greatest Harm With the Best of Intentions?

Is it possible that leaders inflict their greatest damage with the best of intentions?

May 19, 2013

New Leaders: APPR Is a Year-Long Process

Point scales will not help leaders complete their APPR with more integrity but it does give teachers the opportunity to truly highlight what they are doing in the classroom.

May 14, 2013

New Leaders Don't Have to 'Fly Solo'

New leaders often feel they have to know it all before they enter a position, when the real power of the position is in the learning that happens from the people around them.

May 02, 2013

Wait! School Leaders Need Professional Development Too?

Professional development isn't about wallowing in our own self-pity, it's about establishing and fostering real learning opportunities.

April 24, 2013

Why Do We Need a 'Teacher of Record'?

Teachers have always been the teacher of record but with increased accountability the Teacher of Record (TOR) is creating negativity and stifling creativity and collaboration.

April 22, 2013

Teacher Observations Aren't the Only Way to Improve a School

Many states are mandating teachers observations as the most effective way to lead to school improvement, but according to Dufour and Mattos, there are better ways.

April 15, 2013

Why Should Educators Pay Attention to the Bammy Awards?

Too often the focus on education is what is wrong with it and the BAM Radio Network and the Bammy Awards want to put a focus on everything that is right about it.

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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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