5 Simple Rules to Develop a Literacy-Focused School

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Guest post in our Summer Leadership Series by Mike Acomb.  Mike is the principal at the award-winning Dorothy E. Lewis Elementary School in the Cleveland suburb of Solon, Ohio.     Transformative leadership in literacy is difficult work. To achieve deep, consistent, and long-lasting implementation, expect to expend a lot of energy and take your […]

7 Questions That Drive Continuous Improvement

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Guest post in our Summer Leadership Series by Dr. Steven Weber.  Steven is the Associate Superintendent with Fayetteville Public Schools (Arkansas)   “And to my hero. That’s who I chase…..Because my hero’s me at 35. So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. […]

PULL UP!

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Recently, I had the chance to catch up with a colleague from a previous school district who I hadn’t seen for years. While drinking coffee and catching up about our families and life, I asked him about his recent change in positions at a new school district last year. Suddenly, his head lowered and his […]

5 Ways How Reflecting Will Make You a Better Leader

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“You’re always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” — Conrad Hall   Life these days is all about instant gratification.  We see it with everything: instant news, communication in the matter of milliseconds, and  instant shopping (just think how grocery “shopping” has changed in the last few months) to name […]

Summer Leadership Series

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Join us this summer as we share a series of posts focusing on leadership and areas of potential growth.  We will share posts on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer to help engage reflection, conversation, and energize all leaders as we prepare for leadership roles throughout the year.

One Thing You Need To Know About Great Teaching

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” — Confucius   When we begin our teaching careers, everything is moving very fast.  Even though the first few days as an official “teacher” are a whirlwind, we feel like we are prepared to teach.  Why wouldn’t we?  We have done everything our post-secondary […]

Can You Tell the Difference?

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In talking with a colleague, he shared his frustration in observing a sheer sense of laziness for some of his students and parents.  He attributed it to society, the time of year, and other external factors.  As he talked, it reminded me about the book by Dan and Chip Heath, Switch.  The Heath brothers write […]