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January 12, 2017

Language, Behavior, Moral Standards, and Leadership

We observe a growing practice of dismissing civility and respectful dialogue under the label of 'political correctness'. We disagree. Our society will be well served and well lead if we carry a concern about the 'other'.

January 10, 2017

Educators' Responsibility to Take on Fake and Biased News

What is the truth now has a new meaning and, once we learn how to identify the truth ourselves, we need to teach the children.

January 03, 2017

Why Do Leaders Avoid Developing STEM Teachers?

School leaders have the obligation to focus professional development to support the ideas and concepts essential in these subjects and their relationships to each other.

December 29, 2016

Four Ways to Make Professional Development Work

Consultant and leadership coach Thomas Van Soelen, Ph.D is our guest blogger who writes the assumptions schools often make about teachers new to the profession can be quite destructive, particularly when planning teacher induction programs.

November 29, 2016

Can Project-Based Learning and Professional Learning Communities Counter Hate Speech?

Schools are seeing eruptions of the mimicking behavior seen on the campaign trail. Name calling and other painful and more aggressive actions follow.

November 22, 2016

We Have To Talk About Current Events in the Classroom

It is understandable that with the contentiousness of this election, that leaders might find it safer to limit conversations. We argue that it is our role to help students navigate these rough waters.

November 17, 2016

Now That The Election Is Over What Will We Teach?

It is time for us to listen to each other and learn how to help each other dig with intentionality past hateful words to the source of the hate and lead the children through this difficult time.

November 15, 2016

Learning How to Lose a Presidential Election: A Primer for Students

Even when the stakes are low, you still need to know how to handle defeat. It was this driving principle that motivated teacher Laura Pasek, a third and fourth grade general studies teacher, to conclude her simulation of a presidential election with the drafting of acceptance speeches--and concession speeches.

October 27, 2016

Are Students Getting the Education They Need?

Elementary and middle schools can narrow the gap so that more students who arrive at STEM shifted high schools can already have developed skills in problem solving, collaborating with other students and professionals, critical thinking, and communicating.

October 25, 2016

Educating Girls To Be Entrepreneurs

As educators and leaders, we must tell stories about successful social entrepreneurs, so that when someone says the term "entrepreneur" we are as likely to think of Sarah Kauss and her S'well bottle as Steve Jobs.

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