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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.

January 21, 2016

Collaborative Leadership: Do You Take 10,000 Steps a Day?

What if school leaders made sure they walked 10,000 steps while in school, and paid close attention to the relationships they could build along every step?

December 27, 2015

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016

New books focusing on education come out every day. Some gain a wide audience while others don't have the machine behind them to help promote. Here are 16 books that educators should consider reading in 2016.

June 21, 2015

School Climate: Is It Fragmented, Piecemeal, and Counterproductively Competitive?

The Carnegie Task Force states, "While school systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge." Is the competition for resources killing their chances?

June 04, 2015

Should Sex Education Be Taught in Schools?

Salt N Pepa had a top selling song about it over a decade ago, but should schools be charged to talk about sex?

April 26, 2015

Parent Teacher Conferences: Something's Got to Give

How many of us have sat through pointless or less-than-informational parent-teacher conferences? It's time to turn that around.

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