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October 15, 2017

Evolving Issues With Social Media and Appropriate Usage for Students and Staff

Knowing school law is essential when you're a school leader. This post is the introduction to my final school law paper about the evolving issues with social media and schools. Hopefully it will get you thinking about some of the inherent challenges. What has been your experience?

October 12, 2017

Imagine a New Learning Paradigm

As we continue to acknowledge the nuance of learning and adjust expectations accordingly, student engagement and ownership over their own learning will improve. It's time to de-emphasize testing as a means of accountability and start working with the community to build relationships that apply the skills being learned and also better our surroundings.

October 10, 2017

Be a Talent Coach, Not an Evaluator

Since we must evaluate teachers in New York, why not make that process valuable to everyone involved for the benefit of the students?

October 07, 2017

Make School About Learning, Not About Grades

What happens when a school community decides it is time to emphasize learning over grades? Magic! Students are capable of so much more than we know; we must trust, release control and provide lots of feedback to support and empower our learners of all ages.

October 03, 2017

Use a PSA for Content Review

All learning experiences should be meaningful ones, even the reviews. How do you get students to review or recycle taught skills and content?

September 28, 2017

Celebrate Positives With Classroom Walk-Throughs

Feedback is a powerful tool and positive, sincere, specific feedback is a great way for them to know I see what they are doing and I appreciate it. Although I will always feel like I spend too much time in my office and think fondly of my experiences in the classroom, I look forward to the time I spend with the teachers and our kids and can't wait to get my first invitation to lead a lesson. I mean, I can't expect my teachers to take big risks, if I'm not willing to do what I ask.

September 19, 2017

Let the Learning Lead, Not the Label

If we want students to see themselves as life-long learners, who value progress in their own learning experiences, we need to promote an environment that fosters a formative feedback cycle in lieu of summative grades.

September 17, 2017

Modeling Transparency and Vulnerability as a New Leader

As we grow together as a team, I have high hopes that I can ease the woes of anticipation. Although my position title preceeds me as a person, it is my character and willingness to lead from the middle with my team that I hope drives our ability to do what's best for kids.

September 14, 2017

Managing Time Without a Bell Schedule

As a high efficiency kind of person who has always prided myself on getting things done and doing them better than well, I have a hard time allowing myself not to be productive. It may be time for me to redefine what that looks like and sounds like.

September 10, 2017

Fostering SMART Goals for the New Year

As a reflective educator, setting SMART goals and charting a path to follow has helped me become better for kids, writes opinion blogger Starr Sackstein.

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