Holiday brownies

Beyond Brownies — Showing Appreciation to School Staff

The holidays are a busy time for everyone.  But for educators, combining normal school responsibilities, family holiday activities, and school holiday activities, gives a whole new meaning to the word “busy.” During this time many school leaders have their own special traditions to show appreciation to staff. Those traditions are important, and valuable. And in addition to the unique activities …

Happy high school kids looking to teacher sitting at their desk

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. …