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January 24, 2017

MEET YOUR BRAND

Today, take ten minutes to create--or better manage--your personal branding campaign. Make this a 3-4 times a week habit and you'll be building a solid, professional reputation in no time. A few ideas to get your started:

January 17, 2017

My Residency Experience: Paying it Forward

I know I owe much of my current classroom success to Louisiana's Believe and Prepare program for providing the support and yearlong residency training that prepared me to be the teacher I am today.

January 10, 2017

A Principal's Challenge

The challenge was great; find teachers who were prepared for a classroom where students came with academic, social and emotional needs. This was a far greater obstacle than I had imagined. The new teachers who we interviewed were naive to the challenges teachers face in a realistic classroom setting: teaching to rigorous academic standards, planning highly effective activities where all students are engaged and challenged, and managing a classroom of students who rely on structures and procedures for their success. Many of those new teachers knew the theory of what it meant to be a highly effective teacher, but the implications of that theory had not been practiced or witnessed first-hand with a master or mentor teacher supporting them in the process.

January 03, 2017

Why Consider Substitute Teaching? (I'm Talking to You, December Grads!)

Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.

December 27, 2016

Teacher Support: Elimination of stress begins with identifying your stressors

Before you can tackle stress you need to know what is stressing you out.

December 13, 2016

Collaborative Teacher Support: "Seeing Is Believing"

Establishing a culture of teacher support begins and ends with support systems that are designed to promote collaboration and feedback among teachers.

December 06, 2016

Is your school's teacher evaluation system focused on teacher support or teacher dismissal?

School leaders with a negative orientation toward teacher evaluation typically focus on pointing out the negatives they've observed and issuing mandates for improvement or dismissal. On the other hand school leaders who develop a positive orientation toward using teacher evaluation as a teacher support mechanism are making the strides necessary to meet their student achievement goals and teacher satisfaction goals.

November 30, 2016

Teacher Preparation is Evolving

Recently, Louisiana's state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted teacher preparation policies that provide a yearlong residency for all aspiring teachers. These policies will take effect for all preservice teachers in the fall of 2018, but Monroe City Schools is not waiting until then to get involved.

November 22, 2016

Professional Reflections of a Mentor Teacher

Imagine you learn that a loved one is in dire need of an emergency, life-saving surgery. Think of the flood of emotions, anxiety, and concerns you would immediately feel. Now imagine discovering that the doctor slated to perform the operation was in her first year of practice.

November 15, 2016

LEGACY AS AN EDUCATOR

I remember my first year teaching and my first superstar moment in Wal-Mart. Every teacher has this moment. Your superstar moment is when you are walking down an aisle in a grocery store or other location, minding your own business and you hear a giggle in the background or a "that's her".

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