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Reformation: Identifying Sources of Inspiration

Reformation: Identifying Sources of Inspiration

October 28, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Legislation Parents Performance Teachers

Listen One of the purposes of this series of articles was to talk about schools, leaders, administrators, philosophers of education, technologists, architects, and teachers who were visibly succeeding in education and making an impact. But our eleven schools are notably only a small sampling. Since beginning this series, we’ve heard...

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Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

Reformation: Creating or Redefining Your Purpose Statements

October 14, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Organization Student Achievement Teachers

Listen In our last article, we shared some of the mission statements, vision statements, and value lists for some of the top schools in the world. As we looked through these statements, we were really inspired to work on our own statements. Many, if not all, schools and districts have...

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Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

Reformation: Defining Your Purpose

October 13, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum International Teachers Technology

Listen Have you ever asked a student, “Why are you here?” when they seem to be floundering in school? We want them to find a reason for attending school that is their own, something that will drive them forward when they are worn out or have lost their will to...

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Checking in on Mental Health

Checking in on Mental Health

September 29, 2020 | Administrators Health Leadership Legislation Mental Health Planning Students Teachers

Listen We have written a lot about mental health in the last 6 months since the world seems to have gotten turned upside down, but that’s just how important of a topic it is! While most of this seems to have started with the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, the...

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Reformation: Technology

Reformation: Technology

September 28, 2020 | Administrators Planning Teachers Technology

Listen Perhaps the first and most obvious way schools are changing right now is in the area of technology. We are using it in ways we definitely never could have predicted!And that is very frustrating for so many teachers and students. However, when the pandemic dies down and we find...

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The Reformation Age of Education

The Reformation Age of Education

September 22, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Organization Remote learning Teachers

Listen We’ve known for some time that education was in need of a major overhaul. Many teachers and administrators have been ready for it for a long time. Some districts, a few states, and the occasional national leader have stepped up and championed the cause for change. But largely, our...

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Answering "Why" in Professional Development

Answering "Why" in Professional Development

September 21, 2020 | Administrators Organization Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Years ago, I was in a professional development meeting that tackled the topic of adding “essential questions” to each of our planned lessons. There was instruction on the language we should use, the structure of the questions themselves, and how to tie each question to state standards. Yet I...

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Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

Education Podcasts, Part 2: What We Have Learned from Them

September 15, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Higher learning Parents Performance Student Achievement Teachers Technology

Listen We wanted to share some of what we have learned recently from the education podcasts we have been listening to. Principal Center Radio Douglas Fisher - The Distance Learning Playbook (Jul 31) Douglas Fisher’s has some great, practical tips on distance learning!  He suggests that teachers should integrate synchronous...

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The New Hope of New London

The New Hope of New London

September 10, 2020 | Administrators History Parents Students Teachers

Listen 2020… right?!? What a bizarre year. We thought now would be a good moment to ponder some amazing schools, districts, and communities that have lived through their share of trying times and come out on the other side in a way that can provide some inspiration for us as...

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How to Be an Approachable Leader

How to Be an Approachable Leader

September 08, 2020 | Administrators Leadership Organization Performance

Listen We’ve all had an administrator say that their door is always open, only to find out it was just something they said.   Their door is literally closed nearly every time you walk through the office. Perhaps their door is always open, but they are never in there, so what...

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Multicultural Fun for the Early Elementary Classroom

Multicultural Fun for the Early Elementary Classroom

September 04, 2020 | Administrators Planning Remote learning Teachers Technology

Listen It’s never been more apparent that we need to be both accepting and welcoming to students from all cultures and backgrounds than it is now in our society. Children need to see themselves reflected in the things we do - in our literature, in our lessons, in the ways...

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Teacher Reflections After Returning to School

Teacher Reflections After Returning to School

September 03, 2020 | Administrators Parents Performance Remote learning Students Teachers Technology

Listen For many teachers, administrators, and school employees around the world, August has meant returning to campus for the first time in 4 or 5 months.  Some are teaching to cameras in empty classrooms while others are trying to figure out how to teach with masks covering the expressions of...

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