“This year is a mulligan.” The analogy, a golf term to describe a do-over for a shot, is hard to hear from a colleague, and even harder to admit that there is a lot of truth in what they say.
With the pandemic significantly impacting people’s
Imagine you have a Golden Ticket—a chance to disrupt the grammar of schooling, a chance to engage more students, a chance for educators, not policy makers, to truly lead a drastic improvement in our schools, a chance to keep the best of what is and add the best that has been, a chance to truly hear
Several ago, a video meme of an exuberant penguin went viral. The penguin was scurrying back and forth in front of its fellow penguins – flapping its fins wildly.
There were actually two versions of that meme. The descriptive text underneath one version read something like:
“He’s just returned from a weekend business conference.”
And the second:
“He’s just finished
Paradox rules at the moment. Even as we are socially isolating indoors, skies are clearing as we have halted toxic pollution. Although we have become more and more concerned about our children’s time on their digital devices, classrooms have gone virtual. And parents who have
Sometimes collective teacher efficacy and collective leader efficacy are built naturally, on the spur of a moment when we realize we need to improve a situation. Other times, leaders and teachers do not need to count on a good crisis to help them build collective
Are you looking for some inspiration in 2020? Perhaps you’re feeling the need to get back to the heart and soul of good leadership, or you’d like to hone your observation skills. Or, perhaps you’re looking to inspire systems change throughout your whole district. These new Spring publications from Corwin’s
For the past five years my organization, InnovateEd, has supported a network of 30 school districts from across California to develop cultures, build capacity, and create coherent systems. We use a framework for systemic improvement to guide efforts at the district, school, and classroom levels toward creating a coherent system of continuous improvement. My new book, Districts on
As school leaders, you can’t be expected to do everything. So you have to figure out where your time, effort, and influence will count the most—enhancing learning and achievement! Decide where your leadership practice can make the biggest difference, have the greatest impact, and then
As I drove the thirty-minute commute to work each day, I would prepare for those anticipated debunks – the upset parent wanting a schedule change, the conscientious teacher wanting the air in her room regulated, the secretary trying to fill a classroom vacancy, and a
The instructional leader is a relic – an outdated caricature that never really existed.
Note the emphasis on “the” and “leader.”
Instructional leadership is alive and well – not to mention more necessary than at any point in history.
Ask any great leader—I asked a number of them