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September 30, 2015

Do We Provoke Misbehavior in Our Students?

In our effort to create optimal learning spaces and focus on learning, are teachers actually provoking the misbehavior that prevents them from getting to that learning with students?

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 15, 2015

How Do We Get Students to Stand Up for Each Other?

According to DoSomething.org "Over 3.2 million students get bullied each year" and "Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying." The National School Climate Center and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are trying to inspire students to stand up for one another using a format that is typically used for bullying.

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 06, 2015

That's Not Mainstreaming!

If you don't forcibly build joint ownership into mainstreaming, you will not get mainstreaming other than in name, and there's little special about a teacher rushing around a class putting her finger in innumerable leaks.

September 02, 2015

4 Ways to Hack Opening Day!

"Opening days" are all around us if we think about it. What's your "opening day"? How can you hack it to inspire those in your district, school or classroom?

August 26, 2015

Do You Listen, Learn, and Lead? Or Just Lead?

It's expected that principals have a voice in their school community, but do they use it to lift others up or put them down?

August 24, 2015

3 Reasons Why Teachers Should Film Themselves Teaching

Teachers should video themselves teaching for many reasons, but here are 3 of the most powerful. Sadly, because of hostile school climates, many teachers will never be able to use the process for everything it's worth.

August 21, 2015

What Holds Us Back From Focusing on School Climate?

We all know that school climate is vitally important to the social-emotional and academic progress of students. So, what is holding us back from taking the steps to improve our school climates?

August 14, 2015

Can a Text Message Keep Kids in School?

Research shows that a reminder text to students can keep them in school, but are we enabling them at the same time we're trying to help them?

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