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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 …

What are your biggest challenges as an educator?

It happens every year. Graduating seniors speak up, or write about that one special educator that, at some point during their school career, changed their life.  Now their future is bright and promising. You became an educator because you wanted to be the catalyst that turned a struggling school into a great example of a place where staff communicate well …

It Takes a Village: Three Ways Educators Can Collaborate for Greater Success

Educators have one common goal – to help students be active and engaged in their own learning each and every day so they can reach their highest academic potential.  In fact, there is strong research support showing that educators who collaborate around student success, are more successful in reaching their goal than those educators who do not collaborate.     In …

Delicate Balance - Humility in Leadership

Humility and Leadership — a Delicate Balance

As a school principal or administrator you answer to a lot of people. There are constant demands and high expectations. The school board, parent teacher associations, community organizations, and teachers all need your help and input. If you’re not careful you can potentially damage relationships with key stakeholders you need in order to help you bring about the changes desired …