Are You Struggling with the Community in Your Professional Learning Communities?

As school administrators, change is always complex for a myriad of reasons. Professional Learning Communities, commonly called a “PLC”, consists of a group of teachers that collaborate each week to learn about how students are learning. Have you heard comments like this: “No one likes change!” “So, why do we need PLC time and where … More Are You Struggling with the Community in Your Professional Learning Communities?

How High is the Trust Quotient in Your Classroom?

10 Questions to Consider  Trust is the greatest currency for classroom success. Strong teacher-to-student relationships correlate to a .72 effect size (Hattie, 2009). A normal year’s growth equates to .4.  Since, classrooms today consist of children from diverse backgrounds and experiences; building strong relationships requires teachers to teach them by modeling trustworthiness.  Consider this. How … More How High is the Trust Quotient in Your Classroom?

CALLING ALL INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS

Curriculum floats on the sea of culture.  Rick DuFour, author and Stevenson High School Principal in the 1980’s, described the importance of Professional Learning Communities.  Adlai Stevenson High School, located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, hires teachers with the clear expectation that they collaborate daily on student outcomes.  Their mission is to ensure the success for ALL … More CALLING ALL INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS

Choose a Booster Rocket to Launch for Your New School Year-3 Hacks to Unleash The Passion

Are you feeling that something is missing in your leadership toolbag?   As schools across the country open their doors during the next few weeks,  it’s time to launch with a high-energy grand opening!  Think like Google and create powerful learning teams! This is prime time-time to wake your team up and combine everyone’s strengths … More Choose a Booster Rocket to Launch for Your New School Year-3 Hacks to Unleash The Passion

How Can Schools Tap Into the Inherent Genius Within Every Student So They Change Our World?

Everyone has inherent genius! Teachers identify genius that presents itself in various forms such as intellectual intelligence, emotional intelligence, physical intelligence, spiritual intelligence, or social intelligence when children enter school.  On the first day, great teachers will begin to identify every single child’s unique potential and reinforce these so clearly that the child believes these … More How Can Schools Tap Into the Inherent Genius Within Every Student So They Change Our World?

Educators, What is Your One Goal This Year?

Educators, what is your  number one goal this year?   This is a great question!  Helping teachers and students reach the highest peak of the summit is my number one goal!  Everyone matters-children and teachers!  Enable children, and teachers to use their strengths so their weaknesses are diminished. This takes teamwork with goals analyzed at … More Educators, What is Your One Goal This Year?

Educators have the most important job in the world!

TEACHERS HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD; EDUCATING EVERY SINGLE CHILD WITH LOVE, AND ACCEPTANCE IN ORDER TO DEVELOP HIS OR HER AMAZING POTENTIAL DAILY! WE NEED EVERY CHILD TO SEE HIS OR HER POTENTIAL, AND TO LEAD HIMSELF/HERSELF AND OTHERS WITH A VOICE! WE NEED OUR CHILDREN TO BECOME THE AGENTS OF … More Educators have the most important job in the world!

ADVICE FOR TEACHERS ON HOW TO CREATE THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER

What is the one shift that I can make this school year to create a phenomenal year of learning in my classroom?   Trust and empower students to own their behaviors and their learning! Trusting relationships are the key to great learning. Make every child feel important!  The first twenty days are critical to your success! … More ADVICE FOR TEACHERS ON HOW TO CREATE THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER