The Sham Of High Expectations – Education Article

Every school talks about high expectations. Only a small few actually live it. The truth is, for the most part, it’s a sham. Expectations for student behavior in this day and age are knee-high to a five year old. And getting lower by the year. The trend is being driven by an educational culture that no longer feels comfortable with consequences. But seems obsessed with making students feel good at any cost—including their very future. Timeout is becoming a bad…

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6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change…

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10 Ways to Empower Educators – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 10 Ways to Empower Educators 10 Ways to Empower Educators What motivates you to be your best, take risks, and seek out opportunities to improve?  I’d be willing to wager that there are an array of responses you would give to this question. As such, I am going to try to sum it all up with one word or concept, depending on how you look at the actions that create this feeling.  Empowerment is the secret sauce. …

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Bringing Out the Best in Others – Education Article

It’s no secret that great cultures bring out the best in people and in turn, this leads to systemwide success. Success is a fickle thing, though. There might be specific indicators that are used to quantify whether an organization is good or even great, but there is no set recipe that I know of as to how to accomplish this feat. What I do know is that it is not the result of one person or department. When change happens…

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Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution “Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything!” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in. There was an abundance of playing outside, reading, walking around the mall, going to the movies, and talking on the phone. Sure, we had our technology…

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Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle – Education Article

The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle By Abe Hege and Adam Dovico(Dave Burgess Consulting, 2918 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden School culture is that underlying structure that charts the course of the school in many ways, but how do you build the culture that you want, or change the one you have? In this straightforward book, Hege and Dovico give us all the ingredients and ways to implement them to use culture to make…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Lead in the Now – Education Article

“When you finally let go of the past, something better comes along.” – Anonymous There are many reasons why we tend to fall back on what we are either comfortable with or have always done.  For one, comfort tends to be the enemy of growth.  In other cases, the fear of failure of the unknown can derail us from taking the needed risks to implement new and better ideas.  Then there is the most dangerous view in education that the…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros The Problem With Zeros The dreaded zero. For many students, this number elicits a certain amount of fear and anxiety that all assignments are turned in on time. I, for one, felt this way and made sure that everything was turned in when it was due.  Compliance and following rules, even if I didn’t agree with them, were just natural parts of my view of school.  Unfortunately, the effect does not transcend to…

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Even More Ways for Ed Leaders to Make Teachers Feel as Important as They Are – Education Article

If June is associated with the end of another school year, May is often associated with celebrations. One annual one that tends to get lots of attention is Teacher Appreciation. It used to be Teacher Appreciation Day, then week and now it’s the whole month of May. But in an era where we are desperately in need of recruiting more new teachers, as well as going through some of the most turbulent teacher labor issues, maybe we can’t have enough…

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You Don’t Have To Like It (Students Watch and Talk About Us, Anyways) – Education Article

A few times a month, I’ll be on the whiteboard, jotting down examples for my lesson with my back turned to my students. The students find ways to distract themselves (while believing they have nothing to copy down along with me, but that’s another story). I let them rock until I’m turned back around and then they know it’s go time. Today, however, I took the opportunity to listen in when one student said: “School sucks.” I didn’t stop them.…

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3 lessons from students about improving school culture – Education Article

When the administrators at Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama were tasked with creating a leadership program, they knew one thing right away: They did not want to develop another program that tapped only the top students and did nothing the engage the rest of the student body. The resulting Youth Leadership program has not only had a positive impact on the school’s culture, but also provided the school’s administrators with several important lessons. In their edWebinar, “Build a Positive…

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