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5 Steps to Finding Your Leadership Identity

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Topics: Leadership, Courses

Thinking About Your Impact as a Leader

John Hattie and Raymond Smith came together in 2021 to write 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The Visible Learning Approach to School Success. The authors, along with twelve other text contributors, compiled research, beliefs, examples, vignettes, and exercises to provide educational leaders (principals, coaches, teacher leaders, and you!) with high-leverage methods for use in their professional practice. The goal? Increased leader impact on both teachers and students. 

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Topics: Leadership, Educator Coaching, Courses

The Secret to Great Teacher Mentorship (and 5 Tips)

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Leadership, New Teacher, Educator Coaching, Back-to-School

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Being mindful about how to practice mindfulness!

This blog was originally published by Learners Edge on December 29th, 2016, but it was so well received we wanted to share it again! We hope you enjoy!

If you’d asked me a few years ago what I thought of Mindfulness, I may have laughed or shown you an exaggerated form of my best yoga Warrior pose. I couldn’t have told you how life changing it could be, and I certainly would not have been able to share with you any meaningful reflections.

The truth is, I have always believed in the power of Mindfulness, yoga, and other awareness practices to improve balance and well-being, but I just didn’t feel I had the time to actually do them. I was busy all day—busy teaching, busy grading, busy meeting with parents and colleagues and students—and when I got home, I was busy being a mom, a wife, and an amateur superhero. The art of slowing down seemed a luxury I couldn’t afford. 

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Topics: Leadership

Teachers That Lead

It's All About the Verbs

As a former special education administrator, I came to rely on certain teachers to help me lead. There was just no way I could do it all by myself. Thank goodness there were strong teacher leaders in my midst! I couldn’t have done it without them! 

While teacher leadership is defined in a number of ways, Levin and Schrum, authors of Every Teacher a Leader, define it this way: 

The process by which teachers, individually or collectively, influence their colleagues, principals, and other members of school communities to improve teaching and learning practices with the aim of increasing student learning and achievement. Such leadership work involves three intentional development foci: individual development, collaboration or team development, and organizational development. 

Are you this teacher? Do you know this teacher? Could you be this teacher? If so, read on! 

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Topics: Leadership

Creating Your Super Hero Teaching Team

It’s Time to Form Your Own “Super” Team….

I personally can’t get enough of superhero movies and usually have their release date circled on my calendar. Of course, I NEVER go on the first night! (the lines are insane and if I felt like battling crowds I’d just step into the hallway during passing periods! )… 

...but I guess it’s always a good thing to have something to look forward to. On a few occasions, I’ve even had debates with my students about WHO is the greatest superhero and, to be honest, there are better choices than others (potentially a future blogging topic!). Truly great superheroes, however, never work alone…and neither do great teachers.

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Leadership

Keys to Implementing Personalized Learning as a Leader: An Interview with Dr. James Rickabaugh


Dr. James Rickabaugh, the Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL), wrote the book, Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders. It is an excellent text for principals and other administrators who may be considering personalized learning for their school building or district. The book reviews research that has been done by the institute, provides a complete introduction to personalized learning and includes strategies and activities to move toward implementation. It is also featured in our new Learners Edge course, 5054:  Navigating Personalized Learning as a Leader. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rickabaugh to bring you a few key points to think about as you move toward personalized learning. Enjoy! 

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Topics: Leadership

Leadership Series: Teacher Leader or Coach?

Leader or Coach?  Combine and go for the win!

Leadership in singularity is becoming a thing of the past.  Great teacher leaders strive to coach team members to bring individual skills to light to better the school and strengthen the team.  Quality coaches step into leadership roles as needed or as desired to continue to challenge and grow as a person.

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Topics: Leadership

Grant Writing for Teachers


 'Money' Image credit: 'PT Money' accessed on 3/17/17

Do you wish you could take your students on a field trip to more fully immerse them in learning, but you are not sure how to pay for it?  Grants might be the answer! 

Do you wish you could attend a professional development event, but you can’t get your school to help you fund it even though the benefits would directly positively impact your work serving students? Grants might be the answer! 

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Topics: Leadership

Making a Mark with Makerspaces

"If you build it, they will come and if you let them build it, they will learn." ~ Laura Fleming

Have you heard some rumblings about makerspaces, but aren’t really sure what they are or why you should care?  We are here to help with some basic information about makerspaces including what it is, why it's picking up momentum, what impact they have on student learning and how you can get started.

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Topics: Leadership

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