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December 01, 2013

Is the Problem Data, the Common Core, or Trust?

While calling for transparency of student, teacher and principal data, policy makers and state leaders ignore calls from the field to have open and honest conversation.

November 29, 2013

Reading Leaders

If we elevate the value of reading, model and communicate, teach skills and solutions to reading challenges and set a goal of 'all students will read well,' perhaps the love of reading, for some, will be part of the result.

November 26, 2013

Are We Coddling the Children?

If parents, and if we, are coddling children, that is not necessarily a good thing. But, it is not coddling to protect if protection means to hope for children to be included, to be successful and to learn and grow.

November 25, 2013

Pearson Partnerships for Principal Development

When I learned that Pearson was in the process of working with the highly regarded New Leaders organization on a principal development program, I wanted to learn more. I called Lee Peters, the marketing lead for Pearson's School Achievement Services business, who outlined some of the professional learning available through Pearson's growing portfolio of teacher and leader effectiveness offerings.

November 24, 2013

Learn From Mistakes and Lead Forward

How we choose to be, how we choose to lead, is the essential core of our potential success. The goal is to learn and get back up with generosity of spirit and lead on.

November 21, 2013

Take Back Control of Professional Development

If we are to continue to develop an environment in which teachers can create the space for children to explore and discover (which is ironically part of the mandated shift), we must create the space for the teachers to do the same.

November 19, 2013

We Want to Be Good Soldiers

We are the good soldiers, the ones who enlisted to fight the good fight on behalf of children. We need leaders who know that this war cannot be won without good soldiers, thousands and thousands of them.

November 17, 2013

Resilience and Schools

We cannot develop resilience without encountering some adversity. How can we help our children develop the emotional skills necessary to meet adversity and grow beyond it with strength, confidence, courage, and tenacity, or grit?

November 15, 2013

Lessons from the Back of an ATV

On Stephanie Hirsh's last vacation, she went beyond her comfort zone by several miles. While it left her shaking, it was a valuable reminder about both the difficulties and benefits of stretching in a new direction.

November 15, 2013

Match Between Principals' Skills and Schools' Contexts Essential, Study Says

A new RAND Corp. study outlines four areas in which school districts can do a better job at helping principals succeed in their jobs.

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