Leading with Grace through Flops, Falls, and Fails

By Jessica Cabeen 

I have been in education for over 20 years (and in administration for 15), and this marks my first year in a new administrative role. With all that experience, someone might think it would be a smooth transition to the new school year.

However, within the first week of...

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How to Improve Your PD with a Pineapple

 

The idea of observing other teachers is nothing new. It’s the way we all first started learning how to teach, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a teacher who hadn’t learned something from sitting in a colleague’s classroom.

Observing each other teach is one of...

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Leading Up with HEARTS

 By Lisa Parry

What is my principal thinking?

She can’t be serious!

There is no way this is going to work.

Her plan will fall flat.

We can’t sit idly by and watch this happen.

This won’t be good for kids.

Who is going to tell her? Huh? Who?

Me? You want me to tell her?...

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My Post-Pandemic Teaching and Learning Observations

By Dr. Doug Green

In New York State, a certified administrator from a different building must observe each teacher at least once a year. This started about six years ago—thanks to the thinking that too many insufficient teachers received good evaluations from principals who were their...

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ReAssess … ReConsider … ReImagine

 By Dr. Tony P. Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo

One of the greatest opportunities that consistently presents itself to educators is the opportunity to reassess, reconsider, and reimagine our practices.

Whether it happens when we transition from one quarter to another or one school year to...

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Retaining our Great Teachers

By Martin Silverman

In 1966, the phenomenal Motown trio The Supremes sang the classic song “You Keep Me Hangin' On." Though this song speaks of a couple with differing opinions on the state of their relationship, the song's message resonates today with educators as we consider how to keep...

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What Gen X Leaders Need to Know About Gen Y Teachers

By Lisa Parry, M.Ed.

As a Gen Xer leader—born in 1972 and serving as an educator since 1994—I remember my family’s first desktop computer and bag phone. Each were expensive, complicated, daunting behemoths. 

My parents introduced these alien devices to my brother and me...

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Radical Professional Development for Cultural Change

By Darcy Bakkegard

No doubt you’ve seen the headlines: record highs of the number of teachers leaving the profession, record lows in job satisfaction, and sky-high stress. As COVID fades (fingers crossed), the effects on teaching and learning keep stacking up.

Administrators at all levels...

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Improving the Focus of Today's School Leaders

School leaders are expected to be the driving force in education, inspiring their teams to give students their best. However, they face roadblocks as they enter their school buildings each day.

Unfortunately, school leaders, teachers, and staff often deal with the same problems:

  • low funding...
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Lead From Your Feet, Not Your Seat

By Jessica Cabeen

For far too long, elementary, and more specifically, early childhood, leaders have been looked down upon.

The hierarchy of leadership positions almost looks like the opposite trajectory of a student’s school experience. The most prestigious positions are those in the...

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