There is an infamous activity that teachers have done with students where they ask them to ‘draw a scientist’ and students of all ages will usually draw a white male in a lab coat. If we were to ask educators, ‘Who is an educational leader?’,
In my work helping school leaders lead change, one of the biggest challenges a leader and their team often faces is the behavioral shift required to build and nurture the human ability to change. Many schools and districts are working on implementing strategic plans that
As an educational consultant working out of the district central office, one of my responsibilities was to design and implement professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators on research-based best practices and new curriculum initiatives from the government to educators. While I might be very enthusiastic
It’s human to want to feel competent. No one likes to be criticized, and we sometimes push back when we get feedback from a co-worker that suggests our performance leaves room for improvement.
But the truth is, feedback is essential for individual growth and development. Without
“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
In January 2014, I had the privilege of meeting an incredibly courageous group of leaders from Ka’imiloa Elementary School on Oahu, Hawaii. They were brave, heroic, and willing to
As anyone who has ever visited Ireland would attest, the people there are remarkably friendly and hospitable. How is this so? Is there a fine for being unfriendly? Is there an incentive program for those who are caught being nice? I don’t think so. People
During World War II, every manufacturing company in the U.S. was searching for substantial innovations to end the war. Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Projects created a special independent laboratory experiment to develop new ideas, new products, and new actions. This special unit of people worked
When people use the word listen they mean hear plus do. I do believe that teachers do hear students but maybe far too few students are convinced that the teachers do anything because of what they hear.
This blog describes one way for students to know
Mental model is the common term used for our beliefs, values, and assumptions. Our actions are driven by what our life has already taught us. This deep well of experience is composed of our mental models, as well as our hard-earned life lessons. Our life
The start of a new school year holds the promise of new learning and new opportunities for students. As teachers we have the ability to make the weather in our classrooms, understanding that the climate created will influence the degree to which this promise is