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May 01, 2018

The Effects of Unequal School Discipline Strategies

Guest blogger Amanda Ronan writes, "The harsh reality is that certain discipline practices are the reflections of institutionalized racism and outward discrimination against people of color and other underserved communities."

April 10, 2018

The Challenge of Leading in a Profession Where Labels Matter

The difficulty lies in mediating the arbitrary, but important landmark standards, and the variability of children's readiness to meet them without the adults using labels to separate.

March 29, 2018

Two Fantastic Examples of How Technology Changes Teaching and Learning

The professional conscience of every great educator guides them to prepare children with an education that develops the skills and knowledge to be successful in the world. Not our current world, mind you, but the one in which they will live as graduates of our systems.

February 13, 2018

Do Students Understand What Teachers Are Asking of Them?

Guest blogger Jacob Lewis says, "I think sometimes the manner of communication creates a disconnect between teachers and students. There's no way language can communicate what it's like to think with my brain or to view an idea or concept exactly the way I do."

February 11, 2018

Are Children Lazy?

Schools have no business judging children or their parents for behaviors we don't understand. Most educators find it their professional responsibility to discover why children don't meet expectations.

January 09, 2018

Interviewing? Good Questions are Important. Careful Listening is Paramount.

Hiring is, arguably, the most important shared role of leaders and the governing body. It deserves and investment of time to listen openly and share perceptions and thoughts.

December 21, 2017

Loss of Freedom of Thought and Expression Threatens Schools

Limiting speech and access to information is the antithesis of our purpose in a free and open democracy. The limits being placed on the internet and on speech in the CDC will affect our work, certainly.

December 05, 2017

Holidays Can Present Dual Realities for Children

Consider a time when we felt lonely or different from those around us. In that common moment, we can find answers for how to help these children feel seen and heard and understood.

November 30, 2017

Labeling Students With Disabilities Has a Downside

We do not want to teach children to be or to be seen as a label. How we conduct each day, how we construct each day and our mindset about limits and limitations has to be questioned in order to decide what is productive and what has to change.

November 19, 2017

School Leaders Build Trust by Inviting Others to the Table

It is about presence. It isn't just about Rotary or Kiwanis. It is also about church dinners and nonprofit fund raisers. It is business and police. It is clergy and senior citizens and parents and preschool providers. Is it too much to ask?

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