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March 15, 2020

School Closures and COVID-19. Perhaps It's Time to Cancel High-Stakes Testing, Too?

Schools are cancelling, rates of COVID-19 are increasing right now, and it's time for schools to focus on online learning and calming the social-emotional issues of students. So, why do we still have to worry about high-stakes testing?

January 19, 2020

A Mystery Donation, An Unknown Name, And A Connection to School Climate

Principal Ken Lein received a mysterious card with a donation in the name of Sam McCaffrey. On a mission to find out who he was, Ken was surprised to find what his school climate had to do with the donation.

January 05, 2020

Why Is Fidelity Always Seen as the New Four-Letter Word?

Fidelity is often seen as a bad word in school, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this guest blog by George Toman, the concept of fidelity is explained and defended.

December 15, 2019

12 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2020

Anyone who gets into teaching needs to believe that they can improve the educational experience for their students, and here are 12 places where we can start.

November 01, 2019

Are You Activity Rich and Impact Poor?

Have you ever felt like you had a list a mile long of things to do, you did them all, and you still felt like you weren't any further along than when you began completing the list? We call that activity rich and impact poor. Here's a way to turn that around.

September 15, 2019

5 Reasons You May Not Be the Instructional Leader You Think

Instructional leadership is easy to do but hard to put into action. There are at least five reasons why those who say they are instructional leaders may not be practicing what they preach.

July 14, 2019

Do Principals and Their Administrative Team Need Coaching Too?

So often, we look at coaching as a one-on-one relationship, but coaching administrative teams can have a powerful impact as well.

June 23, 2019

Grades Versus Comments: What Does the Research Really Tell Us?

In articles and presentations on student feedback, educators are admonished today to use "No grades, comments only!" Unfortunately, they do not seem to know the whole story, nor do they seem to know what the research really says, guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey, a senior research scholar at the University of Louisville.

June 09, 2019

3 Reasons I Do Not Engage in Twitter Debates

Feel free to use social media in the way that you would like, but when people try to engage you in a debate on Twitter, take a step back, breath, and decide whether it's worth your time and energy. I rarely find that it's worth mine these days.

April 28, 2019

Our Increasingly Troubled World Creates an Engaging Opportunity for Students

"Engage the world as a learner, and you will inevitably find yourself in a change situation." Will your school be prepared?

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