Professional Development Isn't Working: A Vision for the Future of Education

The world is changing fast, and education hasn’t caught up. Teachers know schools need more innovation, change-making, and relevance. But HOW?

Michelle Blanchet and Darcy Bakkegard grew tired of everyone telling teachers what to fix without sharing the “how,” so...

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Pace Yourself: Teaching is a Marathon

After twenty years of teaching and more than fifty marathons, Mike Roberts is still chasing greatness. Now, he shares his experiences in his book Chasing Greatness. He shows you, teacher and/or marathoner, how to run the most enriching race of your life.

Teaching is a Marathon

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Shifting The Grades Mindset

Traditional grading has been ingrained in American educational culture for more than a century. Because of the culture of grades that has emerged, we have lost sight of what is important in school: the learning.

Too many students, parents, and educators focus excessively on labeling learning...

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Tech Support: 6 Ways Students Can Fix Small Scale Technical Problems

Technology use in schools is growing at an exponential rate. Every year brings more opportunities for integrating technology into our teaching, and along with them come higher expectations for teachers.

To meet those expectations, schools need two things: training, to learn how to operate the...

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Vulnerable Grace: Give It Your Best, Even When You Are at Your Worst

Leading with vulnerability means letting go of the perception that you have to lead with perfection. Becoming comfortable in your imperfection and talking about it with others is an opportunity to establish authentic relationships, rather than those built with a Facebook filter that only shows...

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Observe, Ask, and Implement: Ways to Support Students in Overcoming Their Own Anxiety

Anxiety is a “quiet” illness; it’s neither physical nor always visible. Additionally, symptoms can be different from student to student, and from day to day. Because of this, anxiety falls victim to perception.

In her book Anxious, Christine Ravesi-Weinstein shares stories and...

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Grace with Empathy: 3 Strategies To Lead Without Judgment and with Understanding

 School leader, author, and keynote speaker Jessica Cabeen gives it to you straight, "Here is the deal," she says,  "when you lead with empathy: you are not always going to be liked. With that said, it isn’t acceptable to harbor resentment or bad feelings due to a past...

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Understanding Why Students Quit

We all spend a lot of time praising traits like hard work, determination, perseverance, and grit—and noting their importance in overcoming any challenge or obstacle. Whether in the classroom, office, or on the athletic field, we know these are the elements of achievement and success.

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Knowing Your Why and 6 Strategies for Connecting with Anxious Students

Anxiety is a curious illness. Because we have all felt anxious at some point, we think we understand clinical anxiety, but the two experiences are very different.

Before educators can understand what to do to support students with anxiety, they must understand why what they are already doing...

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Are You Ready to be a Mentor?

What does it mean to be a mentor? Though Mr. Webster may define it as “an experienced and trusted adviser,” we aren’t convinced his definition has been actualized in the field of education. 

After all, though many mentors are by definition “experienced,” that...

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