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May 18, 2018

On Being a Reflective Educator

Being an educator requires constant reflection. Every choice and action should be transparent and thoughtful and connected to the district-wide goals. Accessing my strengths, focusing my energy on being attentive to the needs of those on our team is essential for my continued growth as an educator and person. So I'm just going to keep pushing, keeping the big picture in mind without allowing the daily minutia to get me down. We simply can't sweat the small stuff, just keep moving forward.

April 15, 2018

It's Time to Let Go of Tired Teaching Habits

Read as guest blogger Aric Foster shares why we should retain our passion for learning without holding on to practices that we are just comfortable with. Too often, they aren't serving the right purpose anymore, so we owe it to ourselves and our students to make some changes.

March 29, 2018

Being in the Smartest Room—ASCD Style

The next time you present or attend a conference, remember there is something to learn from everyone and no matter how much you think you know, there is always more and that is the exciting part.

January 18, 2018

Will Today Be the Day They Figure It Out?

Sometimes I continue to judge myself on some very unrealistic standards. A wise friend once told me to treat myself as I would treat a mentee and be kind to myself remembering what my beginning years as a teacher looked like (the Cliff Notes version is that it was bad... serious understatement, but you get the point). I'm new at this and I can only know what I know and keep learning

January 04, 2018

Turning Vision Into Reality

Guest blogger Dan Rehman shares how to make a vision a reality in a school district. What is your vision and how do you make it happen?

November 16, 2017

Your Middle Career Years Don't Have to Slump

Taking risks has become a hallmark of my career and they aren't all winners. Sometimes they flop and I have to be comfortable with that. I must share those failures as well as the successes or else the context is lost. In education, each up hinges on the down that came before it and the more transparent we are about that with our colleagues and students, the richer the learning environments are.

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?

September 05, 2017

Hopes for a New School Year

As my nerves bubble up and ready myself for bed, I request that each of you willingly share what you learn along the way and ready yourself to share your awesome wisdom as we continue to travel on this journey together.

September 03, 2017

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

Assessment needs to be about students goals, student performance, student reflection and student self assessment with the teacher as an essential coach or facilitator in the process.

July 25, 2017

Teachers Shouldn't Work in Isolation. Kids Need a Team.

We must share our challenges and our successes and always strive to be a community of collegial learners who create the most welcoming environment for our kids.

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