9 HR New Year’s Resolutions to Make 2019 Your District’s Best Year Yet
New Year’s Resolutions — you either love them or you hate them. But the fact is, you make resolutions on New Year’s Eve because you want to achieve certain things. Some say that if you want to make a change, you should just make it: no waiting for a reason or excuse. They’re right. But making a New Year’s resolution helps you define your goals and gives you the opportunity to make the new year different, right from the get-go.
Coloring Pages: Time to Unwind
For the longest time, the popularity of adult coloring books was a mystery to me. But one day I realized, when you make thousands of decisions every single day — from which socks or shirt to wear, to which candidate you should hire or where to put your limited budget — your brain gets a little tired. A simple activity like coloring within the lines doesn’t require any deep thought or planning. It’s more of a meditative exercise, with the added benefit of creating something tangible.Continue Reading
What Stood Out at Learning Forward 2018
Earlier this month, thousands of educators, school leaders, C&I and professional learning department heads and others descended on the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas for the year’s premiere professional learning event: the annual Learning Forward conference.
Recruiting & Hiring
Better Early Hiring & Retaining Recruited Teachers
Is hiring at the top of your mind right now? If you want the most outstanding teachers in your classrooms, it should be.Continue Reading
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Survey Results: How is RTI/MTSS Going in Your District?
ESSA requires districts to adopt a systematic approach for data-based decision-making to enable a rapid response to students’ needs. As a result, many district leaders are considering or re-validating RTI/MTSS models.Continue Reading
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11 Ways to Get Teacher Buy-in to Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials have been making waves in schools around the country for several years now. Maybe you’ve had the opportunity to earn them, or see them implemented into professional learning programs.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
How “Cultural Fit” Could Be Masking Unintentional Bias in Teacher Hiring
According to a new report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, hiring managers believe cultural fit is one of the most influential characteristics in deciding which teachers to hire — even above experience or training. But here’s the problem. Few districts have any clear, systematic way of defining or measuring cultural fit throughout the hiring process.Continue Reading
5 Stories That Give Thanksgiving Extra Meaning This Year
I have always loved Thanksgiving. Spending time with family I haven’t seen all year, smells from the kitchen gradually filling the house, the crackle of dry leaves underfoot… what’s not to love?Continue Reading
Why Do Special Education Teachers Quit?
Why did you choose a career in special education? is one of my favorite questions to ask when I interview teachers because it usually prompts an immediate brightening of the eyes and a smile. And, let’s face it, that kind of enthusiasm is catchy!Continue Reading
Do Approved ESSA Plans Meet the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Requirement?
Now that all 50 ESSA plans have been approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we have a clearer window into each state's accountability roadmap and goals, including strategies to meet the requirement of providing struggling learners with evidence-based interventions.Continue Reading
A Vote for Educational Equity, Opportunity and Civil Discourse in Education
Mid-term elections are today, which you no doubt already know from the ceaseless coverage. Hopefully you’ve exercised your right to vote, or will later today. Any number of issues could be motivating your choices on the ballot — but, of course, near and dear to our hearts is education.Continue Reading