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

Four Research-Based Strategies Every Teacher Should be Using

Listen to my interview with Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain (transcript): Sponsored by Pear Deck and Kiddom This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.   If you’ve opened this post hoping to read something brand-new, you might be disappointed. There will be no fancy bells or whistles here. That’s because a lot of the strategies we’re… Continue reading Four Research-Based Strategies Every Teacher Should be Using

NASSP Names 2019 Digital Principals of the Year

Reston, VA – The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) today named Beth Houf, Chris Lehmann, and Allison Persad as the 2019 Digital Principals of the Year (DPOY). Each of these principals exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals. Beth Houf (@BethHouf), Fulton… Continue reading NASSP Names 2019 Digital Principals of the Year

Strategies for Increasing Parent Engagement

Principals and school leaders can work hard to educate students and build positive student programs, but parent support is critical in helping to drive successful schools. This is especially important at the secondary level: Parent engagement tends to decrease as students move from elementary to middle level and high school. Parent engagement begins with ensuring… Continue reading Strategies for Increasing Parent Engagement

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

Too Many Irons in the Fire – Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout is real. It’s frequent. It’s harmful. It’s not shameful, but it does need to be addressed. This post is a book review of The Burn Book, chapter 8 “Too Many Irons in the Fire.” The Burn Book offers 8 strategies to recognize and extinguish teacher burnout by author Colleen Schmit. In this book… Continue reading Too Many Irons in the Fire – Teacher Burnout

Will Restorative Justice Improve Your School?

Desmond Tutu says, “Restorative justice says “No, the offense affected a relationship” and what you are seeking for is to restore the relationship, to heal the relationship.” What is Restorative Justice? It’s a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. Main principles… Continue reading Will Restorative Justice Improve Your School?