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School Culture that Sucks the Life Out of Learning

In my work with school leaders, I routinely ask them what impact they want to have on their school system.  They frequently say things like this: I want staff to: Feel empowered Not be afraid to take risks Create a collaborative environment Take pride in their work In other words, they want to develop a positive, supportive, collaborative culture. But …

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Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our recently-published book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author, Simon T. Bailey, tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.    Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years. …

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Cowboys, Llamas and Leaders in Education

When you live on a farm and partner with a city guy, you’re just inviting all kinds of creative comments.  That’s what happened when Simon and I were invited to be guests on Teachercast — a podcast for educators. You’ll enjoy this high-spirited video podcast where we discuss how school principals can influence everyone in the school, so that the …

Building Relationships for Stronger Schools

When most people think about schools, they picture a building with kids, teachers, and in some cases, sports. They don’t think much about the less obvious things that determine how staff, students, parents, and local businesses see the school. In reality, the success of the school depends on relationships of many kinds. There are, of course, relationships between teachers and …