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October 11, 2015

3 Ways to Teach Less and Learn More

Teachers are working harder than their students. Here are 3 ways to teach less and learn more.

October 08, 2015

5 Questions to Ask a CEO Before a District Takeover

Youngstown used to be a boomtown, and now politicians see it as broken. In a few weeks the school district may be handed over to a CEO. Here are 5 questions to ask them before handing them the keys.

October 07, 2015

The Principalship Needs a Makeover

Angry. Sitting in their office doing paperwork. Is that what you think of when you think of a principal? We think the principalship needs a make-over.

October 05, 2015

What's the Opposite of Top-Down Leadership?

How do we encourage that kind of partnership in other schools, because I'm not sure more accountability is the way to do it.

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?

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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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