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May 06, 2018

SEL for Gen Z? The Responsibility of Meeting Students Where They Are.

To meet the objective of reaching every student and demonstrating that we understand them, we should understand that it is the school's responsibility to reach students with SEL content anywhere and everywhere they take their devices.

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 22, 2018

Are We Asking Too Much of Our Schools?

This is the boiling point for schools, and we need to do more than just pay attention...we need to take action as well. Are we asking too much of our schools?

April 05, 2018

5 Reasons Why the Oklahoma Teacher's Walkout Needs to Be a Turning Point in Education

The recent strike in Oklahoma is about much more than just higher salaries. It's about how we need to change the narrative around public education. Here are 5 reasons why the recent strike Oklahoma needs to be a turning point in education.

April 02, 2018

7 Simple Steps to Create a Positive School Climate

Too often one leader may be blamed for creating a negative climate, when the reality is that we all contribute to a positive or negative school climate. Our attitude every day plays an important part in our school climate. Here are 7 easy steps school communities can take to improve their school climate.

March 25, 2018

4 Lessons We Can Learn From a Struggling Learner

It's important for those of us who talk about the benefits of failure to actually practice what we preach as well. Here are 4 things a struggling learner would like teachers to know.

March 18, 2018

If Collaboration Makes Us Better, Why Aren't More Leaders Doing It?

Leaders tell teachers they need to collaborate, but leaders need to be a part of the process too. It's time leaders practice what they preach.

March 11, 2018

Do Educators Really Want Parents to Be Held Accountable?

We often hear that parents need to be held accountable, which is a really interesting topic. Do we as educators want parents to be accountable only when it serves our purposes? Or do we want to work in partnership with them even when they want to hold us accountable as well?

March 04, 2018

No Place for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools? Are You Sure?

Critics of social-emotional learning say there is no place for it in schools. However, they are probably people who do not spend much time in schools and might be surprised to read the staggering statistics on trauma and mental health issues in school.

February 18, 2018

What is the Biggest Barrier to Achieving Instructional Leadership?

Many assistant principals are leaders who hope to one day move into the principalship. However, when asked what the biggest barrier is for assistant principals, their answer may surprise you.

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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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