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May 29, 2014

We Need to Get Better at Doing Our Own Public Relations

Word spreads easily when we are against something. Negativity loves company. But public relations is a profession and it is not in our training. It is not a matter of defending our profession. Rather, it is a matter of being better at sharing what it is we do and inviting conversations with those who do not understand.

May 27, 2014

Educators With Ideas for Solutions: Speak Up!

If those legislating the changes want to improve schools, let's get better at voicing an alternative to their plan. Let's have that plan encompass more than a demand for more money. That 20th century strategy will no longer work.

May 25, 2014

Common Core is Hard Work

We need to get better at teaching the public what it is we do, what our work truly is, and the process through which we all go in order to get where we are headed.

May 22, 2014

Improve Teacher Retention by Finding Out What Makes Veteran Teachers Special

We can learn an enormous amount about how to make schools happier and healthier places for both children and adults by studying what psychological qualities the most committed teachers possess.

May 20, 2014

Expanding Recognition

Make a commitment to acknowledging the little things. Those acts are encouraged when recognized, actually by anyone. These acts are the ones not explicit in a job description of the faculty or grades of students, but they do call us to a higher level of being human.

May 18, 2014

Senior Pranks: Can They Be an Assessment of Creativity?

Leading requires that we navigate today's reality in the context of the territory ahead. Planning what our schools will look like moving forward is essential. Innovation includes knowing what the barriers may be and planning around them.

May 15, 2014

Tennessee Leaders Step Ahead With Free Tuition for All HS Grads

On Tuesday, Bill Haslam, Governor to Tennessee announced a new state program. Called the Tennessee Promise, it will guarantee two years of a community college or two years at a college of applied technology to all graduating high school seniors.

May 13, 2014

21st-Century School Design Requires More Than Coding

Our plea is that leaders not allow the emergence of coding or STEM to take the design of our schools out of our hands. We call out to the leaders among us to take hold of this exciting time in our professional lives and begin to design the schools our children need.

May 11, 2014

Violence Is Coming to School

We must be alert to who among us, in the legions of beautiful, developing, curious, young students, is suffering with such anti-social, harmful thoughts, that may call them to action.

May 08, 2014

Are Happy Leaders Better at Developing Resilience?

It is too easy to forget the pure joy happiness brings as it reveals the truth. After all, when we are truly happy doesn't everything feel more balanced, less extreme, and more like it truly is, without the shadows of darkness and worry? All things happen in a better way when we are happy.

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