Collective efficacy is the ability of the school to create a culture that improves that overall performance of each teacher and educator. A school with high collective efficacy shares the belief they can meet the needs of their students and are able to improve the learning of all students. Schools that harness the power of… Continue reading Collective Efficacy, Massive School Improvement
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
In the hallway of The FAIR School in downtown Minneapolis, a student and a graduate-level social work intern (SWI) are sitting at a high-top table, deep in conversation. They are discussing the loss of the student’s close family member and how she is managing the tough balance of keeping up with schoolwork, the raw emotions… Continue reading Addressing SEL and Trauma, Social Work Interns
Denver’s first teachers strike in 25 years will come to an end after a record-setting, all-night bargaining session produced a new compensation. Denver educators described empowerment, fatigue, relief, and in some cases residual frustration.
The generation of innovative ideas and practices are often propelled through attendance at professional learning sessions where engaging practitioners and experts share their knowledge. Participants leave energized and excited; ready to get back to their schools to implement the new learning. All too often, without a systematic and consistent approach present within the culture of… Continue reading Keeping the Ball Rolling: Maintaining Momentum and Urgency in a PLC
PRINCIPAL PERSPECTIVES – Allyson Apsey – Principal of Quincy Elementary, Michigan. Author. National Speaker. Loving, Learning, and Laughing. Is Kindness Just a Trend? Principal Perspectives #7, February 18, 2019 How does kindness create the schools we need? Is kindness even a concept for leadership? In this Principal Persepctives, we’ll highlight the work of Allyson Apsey and show… Continue reading Is Kindness Just a Trend?
PRINCIPAL PERSPECTIVES – Susan Melbye – In this Principal Perspectives we highlight the energy and work of Susan Melbye, who currently serves as principal of Nottoway Elementary School. She is mom of 3 beautiful girls and frequently found at #momsasprincipals or #principalsinaction. Mid-Year Energy for Learning Principal Perspectives #6, February 11, 2019 As anyone in the field… Continue reading Mid-Year Energy for Learning
PRINCIPAL PERSPECTIVES Robert Abney Proud principal at Los Lunas High School. Positivity in Principals is More Than a Good Feeling Principal Perspectives #5, February 4, 2019 Great leaders aren’t made by the “right” degrees or skills. A person can have the best qualifications and education but care nothing about a cause. People rally around leaders who… Continue reading Positivity in Principals is More Than Good Feelings
PRINCIPAL PERSPECTIVES Cathy Jacobs In this Principal Perspectives we highlight the inspiring actions of Cathy Jacobs, who currently serves as principal of Matzke Elementary CyFair ISD, which is home to just under 1,000 PreK-5th grade students. Mom of 3. Wife to a real life hero. Making a Personal Connection Principal Perspectives #3, January 21, 2019 As a… Continue reading Making Connections with Students
A guiding coalition is formed, teachers are placed in collaborative teams, and the work begins. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, what often plays out is that the renewed enthusiasm is quickly eroded because educators charged with implementing the PLC process succumb to the misconceptions of collaboration. 1. Misconception: All Teachers Want To Collaborate 2. Misconception: Teachers… Continue reading The 3 Misconceptions of Collaboration