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June 10, 2018

Are You Blithely Unaware of How Educational Research Impacts You?

There are teachers and leaders who believe that researchers have little to do with their classroom practice, but the reality is that what researchers do has a direct effect on everything that happens in the classroom.

June 06, 2018

What Are the Side Effects of Your Latest Initiative?

Our initiatives are meant to help learning improve, but in his new book, Yong Zhao explores how each initiative has side effects that we need to be aware of.

April 29, 2018

Why Do Building Leaders Need Coaches?

Building leaders get the job and are handed the keys but many of them are overwhelmed with the amount of duties. This puts them in the position of manager too often, and instructional leader not often enough. Exploring the coaching relationship can be one way to help leaders feel less stressed, and create an opportunity for them to regain the focus that brought them into leadership in the first place.

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.

June 22, 2017

3 Issues To Ponder so That Summer Plans Survive the Winter

It's easy for leaders to make a grand plan in July when things are relatively quiet, but it's much harder to make those plans work when it's in the middle of January.

June 18, 2017

The Coach Approach to Giving and Receiving Feedback in Schools

While skillfully shared feedback can catapult learning to new heights, poorly offered feedback can have minimal impact, or worse, can potentially have negative impact, leading to disengagement and resentment.

June 11, 2017

Vicariously Learning Experiences. Why Aren't We Doing More of Those?

We have all heard the phrase, "living vicariously through someone else," but can it be applied to learning too? Actually, research shows it can.

May 07, 2017

If Video Is So Powerful, Shouldn't Principals Use It Too?

Too often principals ask teachers and coaches to do something that they aren't going to do themselves. Is video one of them?

April 13, 2017

Why Won't Our Principal Collaborate With Us?

So often we think teachers are the ones who don't want to collaborate, when the principal may be the one who believes that they should dictate the need for collaboration but not be a part of it.

February 19, 2017

What Are 5 Priorities For Every School Principal?

After a series of blogs on leadership coaching, leaders filled out a survey asking them what priorities they would like to be coached through. Here are the five they suggested. Are they the same as yours?

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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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