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April 05, 2018

5 Reasons Why the Oklahoma Teacher's Walkout Needs to Be a Turning Point in Education

The recent strike in Oklahoma is about much more than just higher salaries. It's about how we need to change the narrative around public education. Here are 5 reasons why the recent strike Oklahoma needs to be a turning point in education.

April 02, 2018

7 Simple Steps to Create a Positive School Climate

Too often one leader may be blamed for creating a negative climate, when the reality is that we all contribute to a positive or negative school climate. Our attitude every day plays an important part in our school climate. Here are 7 easy steps school communities can take to improve their school climate.

March 18, 2018

If Collaboration Makes Us Better, Why Aren't More Leaders Doing It?

Leaders tell teachers they need to collaborate, but leaders need to be a part of the process too. It's time leaders practice what they preach.

February 18, 2018

What is the Biggest Barrier to Achieving Instructional Leadership?

Many assistant principals are leaders who hope to one day move into the principalship. However, when asked what the biggest barrier is for assistant principals, their answer may surprise you.

February 15, 2018

8 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2018

Education seems to lose the spotlight to presidential Tweets that aren't very presidential. However, there are eight critical issues that all educators, and those who value education, need to know about.

July 05, 2017

Getting Into Classrooms With a Coach Approach

The value of being in classrooms to provide feedback seems like an obvious one, and yet so many principals can find themselves trapped in their office, piled under the daily minutia preventing them from getting into classrooms to provide feedback.

July 02, 2017

Do Some Administrators Let the Position Go to Their Heads?

There are lots of people who go into leadership positions but never make it further than focusing on their administrative duties. There are at least three reasons why this happens.

June 22, 2017

3 Issues To Ponder so That Summer Plans Survive the Winter

It's easy for leaders to make a grand plan in July when things are relatively quiet, but it's much harder to make those plans work when it's in the middle of January.

June 04, 2017

Why Shouldn't Teachers Become Principals?

NPR recently published an article about an assistant principal who left the teaching ranks to make more money. Many leaders don't leave for the money, and what's the problem if they do choose to leave the classroom?

May 21, 2017

Why Should Principals Care About Their Own Self-Efficacy?

Tschannen-Moran & Gareis 2004 write, "The purpose of leadership is to facilitate group goal attainment by establishing and maintaining an environment favorable to group performance." That's an important job, and we need leaders with a sense of self-efficacy to do it.

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The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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