10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Project-Based Learning

We often hear about the need for students to learn how to program in order to be ready for STEM fields and the Information Economy. It’s what we’ve been hearing for over a decade. However, there’s a fascinating piece from the Washington Post that explores how the so-called “soft-skills” might be even more vital than… Continue reading 10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Project-Based Learning

Better By Accident?

My granddaddy used to say, “Tighten up every little chance you get. ‘Better’ doesn’t happen all by itself.” That’s probably true in all areas of life. But it’s especially true for school leaders. So here are three fundamental areas to help you become a better school leader. Communicate Effectively Effective communication is critical, both in… Continue reading Better By Accident?

Leading the PLC Journey at the District Office

School districts have the unique opportunity and challenge of educating the diverse population they serve. We know there is compelling research on the impact that professional learning communities have on student achievement. As a result, shouldn’t all school districts take on the challenge of doing this work at the district level to ensure all of… Continue reading Leading the PLC Journey at the District Office

Where Protocol and Restorative Discipline Intersect

Is there a highly effective middle ground between student management protocols and restorative discipline practices? We believe there is. And this middle ground is the key to making restorative discipline an effective approach in student management and social-emotional learning. What is Restorative Discipline? Middle Ground for Restorative Practices There was a recent solution published as… Continue reading Where Protocol and Restorative Discipline Intersect

When Principals Empower Others

PRINCIPAL PERSPECTIVES  –  Tara L. Desiderio  –  Our featured principal this week is Principal of Wescoville Elementary in East Penn School District, dedicated to helping educators nd students embrace a love of learning and happiness.  When a Principal Empowers Others Principal Perspectives #14, April 29, 2019 What happens in a school when a principal empowers others?… Continue reading When Principals Empower Others

April Chat Topic: Monitoring Student Progress

At #822Chat, we provide a different focus each month. This month, the topic is monitoring student progress. We know from the “effective schools research” that frequent monitoring of student progress is an essential key to effective schools. “Effective monitoring – that is, monitoring that actually leads to improved student achievement – must be defined as… Continue reading April Chat Topic: Monitoring Student Progress