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January 08, 2019

Should Fewer Black Students Receive Special Education Services?

A recent New York Times article states that there is an effort to "delay an Obama-era rule to prevent disproportionate numbers of minority children from becoming funneled into special education classes." Doug Green examines who special education students are and the struggles he faced as a school principal to ensure services for all students who needed them.

January 06, 2019

'Making Learning Whole,' a Review

If you need convincing as to why project-based learning is the way to go, I strongly recommend Making Learning Whole by David Perkins. It's a quick but meaningful read that is accessible.

December 23, 2018

What I Love Most About Leading Is Working With People

Leadership really does mimic so much of what I love about being in the classroom. There are some different responsibilities that I'm not as fond of, but there were things in the classroom I didn't love either. However, I did find workarounds and loopholes and I suspect, the more time I spend in this role, I will do the same.

December 20, 2018

Reconnect With What Matters Every Day

Educators get into education for the right reasons; let's remind each other why we are here and keep pushing to do what is best for our kids and our communities. It's worth it. We're all worth it.

December 13, 2018

Making the Most of Group Work Time

One of the best parts of orchestrating great group work in class is the amount of flexibility it gives a teacher to really work with students where they are. It also allows students to work at an appropriate pace, learn how to collaborate, and collectively problem solve

December 06, 2018

Finding Your Tribe as a Leader

The upside far outweighs the downside on this matter, but I'm certainly open to hearing more. It all comes down to the individual. As long as we remain cognizant of our behavior and boundaries at work, there is no reason why grown adults can't be friends, just because they met at work.

November 23, 2018

Should Teachers and Administrators Be Friends?

Relationships in education are key to success for everyone involved, but is it OK for teachers and administrators to be friends?

November 21, 2018

Who Are You Grateful for in Your Professional Learning Network?

Gratitude is a feeling we should share more than we do. If we focus more on those who help to make us the best versions of ourselves, we can let down our walls and invite the vulnerability of growth and change the world.

November 15, 2018

Reflecting on National Board Certification Through the Eyes of a Leader

Now as a leader, looking back at the work I did to achieve this certification, I'm reminded of the dedication it took and how important it is for me to provide our team with the highest quality feedback and at the same time, encourage them to take on new professional challenges that will inspire them to keep moving forward.

November 08, 2018

Being the Only Person Who Doesn't Speak the Native Language, a Reflection

The experience has profoundly impacted my views for any marginalized group at school. One of our basic human needs is to feel like we fit somewhere and if we don't feel safe in this way, the learning can never happen.

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