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Break Barriers That Frustrate You — Building Relationships With Skeptics

As principals, we all have struggled with skeptics in our school. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those teachers who are highly experienced, maybe in their 25th or 30th year of teaching. They are well-versed in their content area. They manage classroom discipline well. They are committed to their students, who generally do well in state testing. So what’s …

Conversations to Support Students — 3 Simple Skills

Playground fights are resolved and world order maintained using one simple, but underutilized tool … conversation. So, why does something so easy to do often elude us? My son, like many young boys, was always outgoing and chatty. Well, as he’s grown into teenage-dom, it seems conversations have gotten more difficult. This realization hit me hard one morning during a …