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Dear First Year Teacher by Hollie Hamaker

Dear First Year Teacher by Hollie Hamaker

November 30, 2020 | Leadership Performance Teachers

Listen Dear First Year Teacher,   Let me start by thanking you for joining the teaching profession. I am sure many have tried to scare you away. But you chose to become a teacher anyway.  Although the statistics vary, roughly 20 to 30 percent of teachers quit in their first...

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A New Way To Improve: What it Looks Like to Get 1% Better Each Day By Laura McDonell

A New Way To Improve: What it Looks Like to Get 1% Better Each Day By Laura McDonell

November 16, 2020 | Leadership Parents Performance Students Teachers

Listen Last weekend I was inspired by a story. Chris Nikic became the first person with down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run completed in under 17 hours). Completing an Ironman Triathlon requires grit, determination, perseverance and stamina that most people only...

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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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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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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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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 3, Hispanic/Latinx Literature

June 30, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen   Students of Latin heritage cannot be placed into a box, though they are often stereotyped. While there are 20 countries in Central and South America, many teachers just assume that Hispanic students are of Mexican descent. Trouble with the English language is often quite incorrectly associated with an...

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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 2, African American Literature

June 29, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Leadership Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Many teachers and administrators are grappling with how to address the social concerns that the recent events in our country have brought up. The truth is that the protests and riots have only brought to the forefront issues that our students carry with them into our classrooms every day. ...

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Peer Leadership

Peer Leadership

February 03, 2020 | Leadership Students

Listen Teachers are often required to participate in and lead committees, invited to lead grade level or department teams, or asked to mentor others.  Unfortunately, along with the added responsibilities, there is often no real information on what they are supposed to be doing as leaders in those positions. Aside...

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Resilience for Teachers

Resilience for Teachers

December 17, 2019 | Leadership Mental Health Teachers

Listen Read Resilience became a buzzword in classrooms across the land in regards to students, but it really needs to be common among adults in conversations about our own personal emotional health.  Don’t believe that? Well, here’s a little detail that may change your mind: the first ingredient for building...

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Teaching Low-Achieving Elementary Students in the General Education Environment

Teaching Low-Achieving Elementary Students in the General Education Environment

November 15, 2019 | Leadership Legislation Parents Students Teachers Technology

Listen Read In 1975, the first version of what we now know as the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was passed. Amendments passed in 1990, 1997, and finally in 2004 to create what we now know as the document that ensures children with disabilities receive a “free and appropriate...

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Most Valuable Professional Development For Teachers

Most Valuable Professional Development For Teachers

June 24, 2019 | Higher learning Leadership Performance Teachers Technology

Listen Participating in professional development is of incredible importance for teachers. The field of education sees advancements and changes on a regular basis, and teachers want to know how to best serve their students. The type of professional development to pursue can certainly depend upon many factors, such as the...

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