January represents the beginning of a new calendar year; however, it is also the beginning of the second semester of the school year for students. The beginning of the second semester is a great time to “take the pulse” of your students' mathematical thinking and
Welcome back from hopefully the most restful, relaxing, and rejuvenating break you’ve ever had as an educator. You deserve it! These past two years have truly been some of the most challenging in my professional career and I assume yours, too. One bright spot I
As educators, we agree our post-pandemic goal shouldn’t be to go back to the way things were. It’s a time for a creative reimagination. How can we right some of the pre-existing wrongs and help our systems, structures, and mathematics instruction rebound in ways that
Planet COVID-19 may be new terrain, yet, for some of us, it conjures memories, feelings, and wounds of a dark past. Dr. Fauci dominates our airwaves with increasing frequency – at once a truthteller and doomsday sayer. For those of us who survived the HIV
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
Teachers are often asked to help students design resumes for future employers. We have to be thinking in really practical terms about what our students’ employers will want to see. Lisa Johnson took this question head-on, asking CFOs, engineers, entrepreneurs, real estate agents, artists, and
Creating Teams from Work Groups: The Ultimate Staff Cohesion Strategies for School Success (Part II)
In order for schools to be successful, the need to be strong from an organizational perspective, as well as from a staff perspective.
Previously, we’ve discussed the 7 C’s of Organizational Success:
We all want our kids to be college or career ready right? So why do so many of us—parents and teachers—actively support a practice that diminishes this outcome? I’m not talking about standardized tests or education policy being dictated by a billionaire software engineer (at
“Our schools are only as good as the conversations within them.” In Monday night's webinar, Jim Knight discussed our capacity for improving our schools by improving our communication. We've all experienced the feeling of walking away from a conversation, sensing it could have been more productive, but at
New superintendents quickly learn the overwhelming importance of mastering a wide range of internal and external communication strategies. In this world of instant and even pervasive communications, learning how to use the district’s internal systems as well as social media is essential for superintendent success