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March 01, 2018

Ask the Right Questions, Listen to the Answers

There are too many things to do each day and it could be easy to miss these important listening opportunities, but I care too much about doing this job well to allow them to slip away. My door is always open, but until I'm here longer, I need to meet everyone where it is most convenient for them

February 27, 2018

Teachers Should Not Have Guns

As each news cycle completes and another travesty takes place, we have to ask ourselves what is it going to take to make the necessary changes to ensure all school children are safe? We can hardly focus on student learning if our students are too afraid to come to school. These mass shootings leave a scar on communities that don't ever heal completely and no amount of safety drills can truly prepare a school for such an event.

February 15, 2018

Audiobooks Are the Answer to My Reading Backlog

As professionals, it is important for us to stay up to date with important new ideas and research, but there isn't always enough time in the day to add to the already long list of things to do. So why not use a tool that can help with that?

February 11, 2018

It's Time for a Confrontation Reframe

So now I have to reframe the hard conversation... it's not so much about how the teacher is going to hear what I'm saying, or if he/she likes me after we have it. It's all about the students and creating the optimal learning environment for all students.

February 04, 2018

Great Leadership Is Like Great Teaching

As a classroom teacher I was fearless and now as a leader I have to be too. Adults, however are far scarier sometimes than the high school seniors I used to teach. I'll just keep smiling and practicing what I preach and I know that change will happen.

February 01, 2018

'Can't' Is Not An Acceptable Answer

As we continue to explore our current practices and determine what's best for our kids, we need to keep an open mind and thoroughly examine the impact of our choices. The world has changed too much to keep doing things the same way.

January 30, 2018

What's So Scary About Stillness?

As I continue to grow and develop as an educator, a parent, and a person, I can only hope that when the quiet comes, I will be able to truly appreciate and enjoy myself and those I surround myself with personally.

January 23, 2018

During Testing Season, a Nod to How the Other Side Lives

We must answer the call to action to make education tenable for all students, educators, and leaders. The world is changing and since we don't always know how we are all contributing, we must start a conversation to make it better for everyone.

January 21, 2018

Make Co-Teaching a Part of Your Weekly Leadership Routine

This time in the classroom is more important than anything else I do. Interacting with my team and their students, getting to know the environment and seeing their willingness to take risks and build on their own professionalism and practice goes a long way. Trying new things may not always go smoothly, but I want them to know they have a partner in me; I'm invested in their success because it matters to our students.

January 18, 2018

Will Today Be the Day They Figure It Out?

Sometimes I continue to judge myself on some very unrealistic standards. A wise friend once told me to treat myself as I would treat a mentee and be kind to myself remembering what my beginning years as a teacher looked like (the Cliff Notes version is that it was bad... serious understatement, but you get the point). I'm new at this and I can only know what I know and keep learning

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