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April 15, 2018

Call To Action Or Blame Game? 3 Ways Schools Communicate With Families

During these times of accountability from our state we live in, or the social-emotional issues our students experience, family engagement is both a call to action, and a scapegoat depending on the conversation. It all comes down to how we communicate with them, and here are 3 that will help build that communication.

December 18, 2016

8 Reasons Why School Secretaries Deserve More Credit

It's not Administrative Assistant's Day. You didn't forget the flowers. Even though it's not a national day to say thanks to the secretary, there are at least 8 reasons why you should do it today anyway.

December 01, 2016

'Bad Moms' and Why Parents Need Professional Development, Too

Is the PTA outdated, or do more parents need professional development on what schools need?

November 17, 2016

Teachers Make the Worst Parents

We have all had our fair share of difficult parents over the years, but are parents who are also teachers the most difficult?

October 06, 2016

Poverty Matters, But Not the Way You Think

Research has shown us that poverty has a large impact on students. However, poverty actually has a more profound impact on schools and parents.

September 06, 2016

Leadership: It's Much More Than Doing Discipline and Blanket E-mails

Collaborative leadership is about working in partnership with those groups that are a part of the school community, and there are 6 influences based on the research of John Hattie to help get leaders there.

August 18, 2016

Rubrics Are Fine, But How Do I Get an A?

Most educators begin developing rubrics by articulating what students must do to meet a standard or be "proficient." From there they identify two or three levels below "proficient" to describe students' progress and one level above to recognize higher or more complex learning. But what about their grades?

June 14, 2016

Is Your Parent Engagement Authentic or Compliant?

Communication between schools and parents can sometimes be very one-sided, which makes it more compliant engagement than authentic. There are at least 5 things to think about when it comes to parental engagement to make it more authentic than compliant.

June 12, 2016

5 Ways to Foster a Positive School Climate

Schools are still consumed by test scores when they should really be consumed by making sure they have a positive school climate. Here are five things they should focus on to get there.

March 14, 2016

Is Collaboration One-Sided?

Too often, education leaders believe that the point of collaboration is to further their own interests.

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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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