Leadership

How To Appreciate Teachers? Give Them More Time.

May 7, 2020

There is no better way to appreciate teachers than by honoring their time and professionalism.   Yet, in so many cases, time for deep, collaborative professional learning is minimal– 3 full days a year seems to be pretty standard, with common...

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Simplify-essential standards

Now is the time to simplify our learning standards

April 16, 2020

Teachers are overwhelmed.  Parents are overwhelmed.  Leaders are overwhelmed. And, to be fair, this feeling isn’t new for educators, though it’s magnified now. It’s time to simplify. Simple does not mean easy. Simple does not  mean that we are letting...

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Principal's Office Sign - How to lead your school remotely.

How do I lead school from my living room?

April 9, 2020

This is surreal! “This just doesn’t feel right! I miss the kids.  I miss the teachers.  I miss visiting classrooms, shaking hands with students as they enter the building, laughing with teachers at lunch duty!” This, or some version of...

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Padlet Block Parties: The Jazzed-Up Online Staff Meeting!

April 1, 2020

For years now, great principals have moved away from the nuts and bolts staff meeting in favor of interactive professional learning and dialogue. While the current crisis likely demands a return to orderly info sessions, there will soon be time...

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Who-says-you-can't-Promoting-experimentation

How to promote experimentation during the COVID-19 shutdowns

March 19, 2020

There are many, many real challenges associated with these school closings.  I don’t take them lightly and I appreciate the leaders working to ensure equity, provide services and promote a caring culture from a distance.  To those of you doing...

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Gorillas and Teacher Evaluation

Gorillas and Teacher Evaluation

March 5, 2014

Let me just say this at the start–I’m in favor of systematized teacher evaluation systems. Here in Rhode Island, we have taken elements of the Danielson framework and built a rubric for professional practice from it. In our network, we’ve...

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