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The Power of “We”
The Power of “We”
All of us have referred to the government, our bosses, or the evening news as “they” (i.e., what “they did” or what “they said”). As...
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Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Coaching is the discipline that harnesses the power of teachers. While we may find ourselves coaching teachers about non-work issues, the core of being a...
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Seven Ways to Motivate Your Staff
Seven Ways to Motivate Your Staff
Occasionally, we all face periods when people seem to drift and drag as they carry out assignments and complete their work. As leaders, we want...
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Volunteer Multiplier Mindset
Volunteer Multiplier Mindset
  There are few activities with greater multiplier benefits than the concerted, dedicated efforts of volunteers. At the same time, using volunteers in school environments...
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Navigating Career Transitions with Grace
Navigating Career Transitions with Grace
An elementary principal, taken by surprise when transferred to a new elementary school, continues to stay in touch with her old school. She visits after...
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No Second Chance to Make a First Impression
No Second Chance to Make a First Impression
There is an old saying: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” It could never be truer than when you...
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The Power of “We”
The Power of “We”
All of us have referred to the government, our bosses, or the evening news as “they” (i.e., what “they did” or what “they said”). As...
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Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Coaching is the discipline that harnesses the power of teachers. While we may find ourselves coaching teachers about non-work issues, the core of being a...
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Rethinking a Common Practice: Lesson Objectives on the Board
Rethinking a Common Practice: Lesson Objectives on the Board
Over the past several years, many principals have established the expectation that teachers place the daily objective on the board before beginning the lesson. The...
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Close Opportunity Gaps by Getting to Know Your Students
Close Opportunity Gaps by Getting to Know Your Students
As schools focus increased attention on student achievement, they often look at aggregate numbers. What percentages of students are reading at the appropriate grade level?...
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A Tale of Two Schools
A Tale of Two Schools
By Donald Hammond, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hammond, Ph.D. There are two schools located a mere 20 miles from one another. One is a middle class...
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Taking the Pulse on Teacher Engagement
Taking the Pulse on Teacher Engagement
How can we assess the level of teacher engagement in our building? Depending on your school’s size, teacher engagement levels can be measured in several...
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Mid-Year Freshmen Are Still Freshmen!
Mid-Year Freshmen Are Still Freshmen!
High school freshmen will view their first year of high school as either a stumbling block or a stepping stone. When the school year began,...
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Improve Teacher’s Performances in Basic Ways
Improve Teacher’s Performances in Basic Ways
Improve Teachers’ Performances in Basic Ways I was once struck by an activity my basketball coach undertook before every practice. In the locker room, he...
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Taking the Blame

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If we want those being led to accept responsibility, we must try accepting total—not partial—blame for everything and anything that goes wrong within the realm of our leadership (tweet this). …