Lessons from the Super Bowl: What does Tony Dungy have to do with improving student academic performance?

Guest blogger Marcia Weseman, Ed.D, is a child trauma expert and Manager of Community Programs and Prevention at Saint Luke’s Crittenton Health Center in Kansas City. Marcia has valuable information to share with us about providing social and emotional support to students, to help them succeed. Between commercials during the Super Bowl, I overheard the commentators describing an event that …

3 Traps That Keep K-12 Principals From Reaching Your Goals

3 Traps That Keep K-12 Principals From Reaching Their Goals

Each September when I ask principals what their goals are for the upcoming school year, many of them talk about wanting to be better instructional leaders.  They want to get into classrooms more often.  They want to use faculty meeting time for professional learning.  They want to have meaningful conversations with faculty about instructional strategies they are using.   However, …

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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 …

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Break Barriers Together — Getting Resistant Staff on Board

You get excited about a change initiative.  You know it’s going to make a big difference with student engagement and learning.  You can’t wait to begin! But then, when you roll out the idea, teachers have lots of questions.  They don’t seem as enthusiastic as you thought they would be.  They’re worried about this and that and the other.  You …