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December 29, 2015

Implementing Mindfulness in Schools: Reflections From a Principal

Practicing mindfulness leads to an increased ability to focus and concentrate, greater self-awareness, reduced stress, increased empathy, and improved impulse control.

December 20, 2015

Can You Say What You Mean Without Hurting Someone?

Leaders can invite all in a building to become more alert to language; the risk is worth it and the trust that is built transforms.

December 17, 2015

Supervisors Carry the Dual Purposes of Evaluation

The impossible task of motivating people to change their practice while evaluating them (rating them) is now not only expected of the principals, but of their supervisors as well.

December 06, 2015

Feedback That Supports Learning for Everyone

Feedback that is descriptive, anchored, timely, meaningful, and respectful can increase the likelihood that the receiver can and will use it to improve upon the work.

December 01, 2015

Leaders, Take Note: Resilience Is Not Just for Kids

We cannot allow schools to be places where the rush to the finish line negates life along the way. And, we cannot afford to make the mistake of thinking only some children or only some adults are stressed.

November 24, 2015

Putting Students First: The Importance of Information and Communication

Schools set up systems that provide school personnel the information they need to understand the needs of at-risk students who enter their buildings and classrooms daily.

November 22, 2015

Leaders, Remember: Holidays Can Be Hard for Children

Behaviors escalate this time of year, so let it be a reminder that students not only need understanding, they need help.

November 19, 2015

Leaders Who Last

Schools need focused leaders who can develop and sustain the coalitions to move a school forward, coalitions within the school and with those outside of school walls both.

November 17, 2015

What Does Computer Programming Have in Common With School District Planning?

Reducing the complexity in our local education system is quickly becoming one of our most important leadership responsibilities.

November 15, 2015

Leadership Lessons From University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe

The Mizzou story can be a reminder to all leaders that the care of any organization, whether a business, the K-12 system, or a higher education institution, ultimately rests on the moral principles of those in charge.

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