Three Traits of the Best Principals.

Let me start with a simple statement of truth:  I am JUST a classroom teacher.   I've never worked as a building principal -- and my knowledge of the…


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Note to Principals: You Can't Keep Ignoring Social Spaces

For the past several years, I've been pushing principals to build a presence for their schools in social spaces like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram…


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#Pwned by My Own Bias

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Cleaning House

I thought I would sit on the beach, read a good book, and relax. Instead, a little creature made me pause and consider how its behaviors can be an…


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Beyond Line-of-Sight Teaching

Have you ever created a laser maze?  Armed with a red pocket laser and several hand mirrors, the goal is to hit the target through reflection.  If…


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Grace and American Education: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

It’s time for you, Mr. President, to remind Americans of the paramount significance of education; how schools concretely—and sublimely—affect our…


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A Pinch of Reality

Participating in a continuing education course at Oxford University is an English teacher's dream. Thankfully, with a pinch of reality, it can also…


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More on My Beef with the Term "Instructional Leader."

Dear Principals of Professional Learning Communities, Can I push your thinking for a minute? I'd like to suggest that learning teams -- NOT school…


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Jenny Horne (R-SC) Crosses the Courage Line to #takeitdown

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” (-Professor Dumbledore, Harry…


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Six Reasons Every Teacher (and Reformer) Should See Inside Out

I am not the type to see movies in the theater but I recently took our family out to see Inside Out for Father’s Day. I have always been a fan of…


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