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April 10, 2014

Introverts and Extroverts: Valuing Both

We must pay attention to human nature, in our students, in our faculty, staff, and in ourselves. Yet, we may be running headlong into the current changes in education without consideration for the personalities of those adults with whom we work, and the children in their classrooms.

April 08, 2014

Students Evaluating Teachers: Handle With Care

Can we expect teachers who are facing criticism for not teaching to the standards or the changed curriculum, who are not collaborating or learning new information, to listen to even more voices? Will this change behavior or will this serve to shut down more teachers, or worse, leave the opinions of students as the "ace" in the process?

April 06, 2014

Race, Poverty, and Leadership

The current reality is that black and Hispanic youth are more likely to be suspended, educated in schools with less experienced teachers, and are less likely to take more rigorous classes in high school than their white peers. Although we may acknowledge poverty exists, do we truly know what cost it extracts?

April 03, 2014

The Importance of Play

We have trivialized play to be an optional activity, relegated to children, and only as an extracurricular activity. What if we understood play to be as important as good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, and mental health?

April 01, 2014

Let's Put Coding on the Table

Those who are in the wonders of coding, technology, and the maker movement, are an excited bunch. What they develop and offer students is important and relevant.We need to bridge the gap, come together, and make sense of all of this now.

March 30, 2014

Children Whiplashed by Politicians

It is state budget time across the country and charter schools are always on the table for debate.The privatization of education is an emerging national issue. The manner in which charter schools are handled in NYC may portend how they are handled across the nation.

March 27, 2014

Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead?

What if we replaced observation with a purposeful coaching model? First, we have to learn how to have conversations. The coaching conversation involves a dance between listening, asking open questions, and enough silence so that answers come from a deeper mind than the reactive one and a more heartfelt place.

March 25, 2014

Do We Need to Change Teacher Observation?

We have negotiated boundaries around observation and evaluation. We have laws and mandates we must follow. It is time for them to change. Maybe there can be some kind of shift, even within existing boundaries, that can allow for newer and richer and more worthwhile processes to emerge.

March 23, 2014

Social-Emotional Leading

What if we considered that the same SEL from which children benefit became a component of leader development? Would we discover that new leaders could change the terrain of schools...and of politics?

March 20, 2014

Teacher Leaders Welcomed

Teachers need to be invited and encouraged to take the initial steps into leadership. We hope the best among us, those who are motivated by deep passion for service and love for children and for learning, respond positively to the invitation.

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