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April 03, 2016

Leaders Can Motivate Teachers and Students in Spite of Evaluations

Evaluations will be part of the educational process for children and the adults who learn and work in our schools for the foreseeable future. But, the system ought not rely on the evaluations to motivate.

March 24, 2016

'Bifocalism' Supports the Work of Leaders to Improve Schools

Unless a person becomes adept at remaining "bifocal," the immediate and the urgent will narrow the view and important things ... or people ... will be left behind.

March 17, 2016

Would You Consider Capturing Your Professional Practice on Video?

In schools, observations and evaluations of teachers and principals can be a contentious event rather than a productive process. Capturing actions and being able to reflect upon them offers a growth experience.

March 03, 2016

Goals Inspire and Indicators Measure Progress

Noting the positive effect of hopeful mindsets, we wonder about rethinking the use of indicators each year and the reigniting of the power of goals.

February 21, 2016

6 Questions to Ask Before Requesting Compliance

Inviting and empowering others to join you in the change, to lead along with you, bringing purpose into the work being done, with understanding about the direction and the reasons, is far more energizing to the organization than "We've got to do it because we've been told to."

February 18, 2016

Educational Leaders Must No Longer Be Colorblind

If we aspire to not see color and consider this the highest goal, then we are saying that we aspire to not acknowledging the unique perspective and life experience of the child before us.

January 14, 2016

The Best Type of Praise

Flattery does not contribute to self-confidence. It is shallow and is easily detectable as such.

November 08, 2015

The Subtle Ways Educators Define and Separate Students

How we define children shows in how they are treated, scheduled, and discussed.

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