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July 14, 2014

Have You Checked Your Shadow Recently?

Today's guest post has a unique way of getting educators and leaders to look at how big of a shadow they can cast over students...and that can be good or bad...you have the power to choose.

September 24, 2013

The Counterproductive Ways Schools Punish Kids...

In an effort to punish students for misbehaving educators use some methods that are counterproductive to stop the behavior.

June 14, 2013

Local Decisions... State Approval

Too often state education departments claim that schools can make local decisions, but that only happens after those schools receive state approval.

October 28, 2012

Do Public Schools Educate Difficult Children or Just Maintain Them?

They wanted Jade to move. It didn't matter if they were an aide, teacher or principal, when she walked in they didn't want to engage with her. When Jade didn't want to do work in the classroom she fell to the floor and began having a temper tantrum. It seemed like 2 year old behavior coming from t...

December 06, 2011

Why Bullying May Never End

"It's like hearing the same song too many times on the radio. After a while people turn the station." The word "bullying" is used on a daily basis. We usually hear it for the first time when we're watching the news in the morning as we get ready for work or school. There are sad stories from around...

October 28, 2011

The "Bad Kid" Stigma

Every year we have students who need a "tune-up." A tune-up is when they need to see the principal because they had a one time issue with a student or teacher that needs an administrative intervention. Sometimes students are beginning to show a pattern of behavior and it is a good time for princip...

October 04, 2011

What Great Educators Do Differently: A Conversation with Todd Whitaker

"The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Todd Whitaker Educators have read a great deal of philosophical literature in their careers. They are inundated with it at the college level, and many educational books...

September 13, 2011

Will New Rules Curb High Stakes Cheating?

Recently there have been a few high profile cheating scandals in Atlanta and Philadelphia. The school systems blamed their behavior on school leaders who created a culture of fear all in an effort to make sure their school system would not remain on a "failing" list. These recent stories about che...

August 31, 2011

Conflict Resolution for Adults and Students

"When it comes to deep divisions, resolution and empathy must be combined if change is to occur (Fullan, 2011, p.50)." Recently, I had a conversation with internationally known educational leadership expert Dr. Michael Fullan. Dr. Fullan has a new book entitled Change Leader, and our conversation f...

August 26, 2011

The Good Ole' Days

"When I was young, the snow was deeper and all the hills seemed so much steeper. The crusty ice I walked upon Would never once give in, And every sled race that I ran Would surely be a win. Its' good to see the snow again From a child's point of view, Because what you see is different When you're a ...

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