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Thinking about Professional Development Differently

An innovative approach to holistic professional development for all school district employees to improve student outcomes I’ve spent over 15 years talking to school districts around the cou... Read More...

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Building Bridges to a Strong School Community

Schools with a strong sense of community are positive places where children, parents, and staff all work together in an environment that has the potential to help each individual find success. Creati... Read More...

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Why Teachers Need to Know About Educational Neuroscience

Any educator who has been in the profession long enough remembers the numerous and well-intentioned curriculum programs and instruction initiatives that have appeared, faded, and even disappeared ove... Read More...

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: How we can transform pedagogy with big data, artificial intelligence and social human robotics

The opportunity for education to lead rather than follow innovative, breakthrough applications of technology is within reach. Educational leadership can leverage these technologies to advance teachin... Read More...

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Building Knowledge in Our English Classrooms

When my school implemented a new literacy curriculum in the start of the 2015-16 school year, I remember laughing. Not a, “Here we go again with yet another curriculum” laugh, but a, “It wouldn’t be ... Read More...

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The New First “R”

In the era of ed reform, redefining the Three R’s is a political pastime. “Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships” seems to be a common favorite. This reframing is well-intended, and sometimes enlighten... Read More...

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The Impact of Technology

My first day as a high school English teacher introduced me to 174 sophomores. I was only a few years’ older than they. I had an imposing desk waiting for me in each of the rooms I shuttled through. ... Read More...

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Developing A Personal Brand: The Younger, The Better Challenge

Let’s start with a challenge: I challenge each of you as school administrators to walk into a small classroom of students and ask how many of them have a personal brand.Take count as to how many stud... Read More...

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Failure Is Not an Option: Making the Case for High Reliability Education Systems

What should schools have in common with hospitals, commercial airlines and even nuclear power plants? In this article I will assert that all should strive toward higher reliability, or toward beco... Read More...

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Teacher Preparation —And More!

I’ve been talking for a number of years about the preparation of teachers. Most of us came through a wonderful tradition of programs at an accredited university that technically trained us and prepar... Read More...

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WEIGHING THE HOG DOES NOT IMPROVE THE TASTE OF THE PORK

Speaking at a conference at a school in Arkansas, I heard a saying that has great application to our educational system in the United States:   “Weighing the hog does not improve the taste of th... Read More...

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Ten Tips for Teaching About the 2016 Presidential Election

The United States presidential election gives educators a unique, real-world teaching opportunity to help students understand the U.S. election process, what it takes to become president and to get e... Read More...

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The Next Big Threat to Education: Ransomware

Imagine you arrive at your school one day to find all of your computers padlocked, and a man in a mask is demanding $5,000 per computer to unlock them. If you don’t pay up, you’ll lose access to all ... Read More...

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Coding the Curriculum

Like millions of other Americans, in January I tuned in to President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address. Here’s what struck me: the President said that he didn’t simply want to talk abo... Read More...

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The Form of a Liberal Education

What does it mean to be engaged in a liberal arts education? I’ve been pondering this question much lately, primarily driven to ask by the sound bites that invade my daily life. On the one hand I hea... Read More...

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