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 …

Bringing out the Best in Students

As an early student, I experienced a variety of educational settings. I learned firsthand what conditions create supportive, emotionally stable environments for students to learn in, and which environments stifle their creativity. It’s all about paying attention to the learner, helping them connect to their surroundings, and encouraging them to define themselves by what they ARE instead of what they’re …

Breaking the Barrier of Educational Apartheid

In writing our book, Simon and I interviewed 22 award-winning principals who had moved their schools from low performing to high achieving.  All of these schools were in areas of high poverty in their communities.  Most people did not expect these students to do well.  In fact, often the biggest challenge for the principals was to get the adults to …

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Surviving and Thriving in the Deep End — Advice for School Principals

The path to becoming the principal of a K-12 school can be a long, slow process. Or sometimes, you suddenly find yourself in the deep end of the pool. Todd Nesloney, an award-winning educator, shared with us his experience going from classroom teacher to school principal. In this 3 minute video he shared with us his most important piece of …

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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. …