How School Leaders Can Make a Difference This Year

A school leader can be a true difference maker. Building a solid culture is important anytime. It's especially important in a world when everything is new--remote learning, hybrid learning, or face-to-face learning in a social distance world. 

Here is how school leaders can make a...

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Be a Champion for Equity

If we want to end racial injustice, we need to champion equity in our schools. Sure, this has been a conversation for many years, but we're still failing our students and society. In many cases, it's not for a lack of trying; more likely, it's because we don't fully grasp how to identify...

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5 Surefire Ways to Help Students Succeed in Education's New World

Social distancing and school. What does this look like? At the time of this article, who could really tell? Still, even when teachers and school leaders have little idea of what education in a pandemic world looks like, we've got to find ways to help students succeed--both in school and in the...

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How to Advocate for Students with Anxiety

Few educators and parents are better equipped to handle anxious kids than Christine Ravesi-Weinstein and Connie Hamilton. The former suffers from anxiety and is the author of Anxious: How to Advocate for Students with Anxiety, Because What if It Turns out Right? The latter is a school leader,...

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If we expect students to collaborate, we must teach them how

Collaboration is tough for adults and even tougher for kids. Want to teach collaboration more efficiently? Try this: 

THE HACK: TEACH COLLABORATION SKILLS

Friction is the key to creating a quality outcome. We are remiss if we are not demonstrating for our students how to use...

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5 Leadership Hacks Few Schools Use but Every School Needs

 

An underlying theme in Hacking Leadership is the idea of leading from the middle, which is symbolized in the book's cover image. The idea is that the blue fish--the leader in this case--doesn't need to be out front. She swims along with the rest of the fish, and they light up from the...

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How you can LEARN to Be a Modern Mentor

Mentoring is a process--not a sprint to a goal. A mentor is empowered to offer professional expertise as well as support to a less experienced colleague or a peer. A mentor serves as a teacher, sounding board, and advocate for another colleague.

The focus and goal of mentoring is not to point...

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Understanding Your Quiet Kids

Teacher, author, and keynote speaker Chrissy Romano Arrabito was the student who always raised her hand first, always had the answer, was eager to share, was well-behaved, and made good grades. She was, from any teacher’s perspective, a well-adjusted child. Little did most, if any, of her...

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It’s Time To Kick The IDK Bucket

Students say “I don’t know” all too often, and some teachers call them out for doing so. Now, we can kick the IDK bucket. Connie Hamilton explains in this excerpt from Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom.

The Problem: Students...

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Throw Out Your Office Referral; Circle Up Instead

Traditional discipline calls for rules and consequences, detentions, suspensions, and other carrots and sticks. Most teachers and school leaders know this ancient system does not work. What’s the answer to poor student behavior and school and class disruption? It may be as simple as...

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