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April 26, 2019

Why the 20th Anniversary of Columbine Should Be About Listening to Students

As adults, our job is to ensure all children feel safe in school. Creating a safe space for learning starts with listening to our students. We must prioritize not only listening to our students but also using their input to enact change.

March 17, 2019

Why Are Some Special Education Teachers Treated Like Second-Class Citizens?

As soon as a student receives the classification of special education, that label can create a glass ceiling for them. However, that label has long created a glass ceiling for their special education teachers.

March 10, 2019

12 Books You Need on Your Leadership Bookshelf

Every so often I love when I get into a space of learning where I can sit down, read a book, and take multiple notes, writes Peter DeWitt.

February 25, 2019

Let's Give Up the Search for 'Best Practices' in Grading

Let's give up the search for "best practices" in grading. Best practices are often not as great as we are told.

February 17, 2019

Teachers Are Not Completely Confident in Their 'Instructional Leader'

Recently, several hundred leaders filled out a survey stating they were confident in their ability to be instructional leaders. Many teachers filling out a like survey said, "Not so fast."

February 03, 2019

Do Leaders Really Need to Be Content Experts?

Instructional leadership is easy to talk about but much more difficult to put into practice. And now leaders are being asked to be content experts, which is not the best use of their time and can lead to burnout. So, where do we start?

January 20, 2019

4 Reasons Educators Use Research and 4 Reasons They Don't

There is so much important research in education, but much of it doesn't get used. Here's why.

December 02, 2018

12 Areas School Leaders Should Focus on in 2019

2019 is quickly approaching. Here are 12 issues that leaders should have on their radar for the new year.

November 11, 2018

Why Are We So Uninformed? We Don't Read What We Share

A few months ago, there was a blog post on Finding Common Ground that was shared 300,000 times but was read 100,000 times. It seems as though the adults who talk about media literacy don't necessarily read what they share, and that's a problem.

October 21, 2018

8 Super Important Words in Education That Are Literally Used in Different Ways

We love our educational words, but here are eight that are used on a daily basis by educators and leaders that can prove problematic for any school climate.

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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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