Beyond Tests: 5 Alternative Assessment Strategies

We know assessments — both formative and summative — are critical components of teaching and learning, but so often they become straight-up burdens. At best, they can be boring and uninformative. At worst, they can take on a life of their own, and overtake what we know is most important in the learning process. ThisContinue reading “Beyond Tests: 5 Alternative Assessment Strategies”

Teacher Walk-up Song List

Baseball players have walk up songs. Teachers, principals, and staff members should have one too! Recently I asked The Principal’s Desk Facebook Group members what would be their walk up song as they arrived on campus? Hundreds of educators replied. Here are some of their answers: Welcome To The Jungle – Guns and Roses GoodContinue reading “Teacher Walk-up Song List”

5 Educational Concepts To Eliminate in 2023

The start of a new school or calendar year gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on what is working and what needs to change. This is the 7th installment of 5 Educational Concepts We Need to Eliminate. The first installment was written back in 2017. This article series has been read tens ofContinue reading “5 Educational Concepts To Eliminate in 2023”

5 Leadership Styles From Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is arguably one of the best shows out there right now. The strength of the show is centered around the 5 main characters: Ted Lasso, Coach Beard, Roy Kent, Rebecca Welton, and Nathan Shelley.  Each has their own individual leadership and communication style. Each character could be a study in leadership development asContinue reading “5 Leadership Styles From Ted Lasso”

7 Ways to Kick-Start Student Engagement

We surveyed administrators in the fall of 2021 and again in 2022 to discover the top concerns on K-12 administrators minds. In 2021, the top 3 concerns were learning loss, mental health, and teacher morale. And in 2022, the top 3 concerns were student engagement, improving teaching and learning, and teacher morale. So, administrators areContinue reading “7 Ways to Kick-Start Student Engagement”

5 Ways to Get Started With Project-Based Learning

It’s time our schools function less as factories that churn out pupils laden with decontextualized content knowledge, and more as innovation zones that develop the next generation of problem solvers. What if schools were beacons of curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking? There’s never been a better time to create classrooms that matter, to make project-basedContinue reading “5 Ways to Get Started With Project-Based Learning”

5 Must Haves For Your School’s PLCs

Many schools claim to have productive and comprehensive Professional Learning Communities. However, most of these schools are only scratching the surface when it comes to true collaboration and creating a student-centered approach. There are several elements that must be in place for any PLC to be successful and purposeful. If these elements are not inContinue reading “5 Must Haves For Your School’s PLCs”

Essential Topics at June 20-21 Online Education Conference

One glance at the flyer above, and you’ll find some must-have presentations! From literacy and numeracy to data-driven MTSS strategies, you’ll discover workshops that you’ll need in order to plan your PD for the 2022-23 academic year. Our speakers and facilitators are preparing to engage you in meaningful conversations so you can immediately integrate thisContinue reading “Essential Topics at June 20-21 Online Education Conference”

Opening Speaker: Sara Truebridge

It is with great enthusiasm that Dr. Sara Truebridge will be kicking off our June 20-21 Online Conference. Sara is an researcher in resilience and growth mindsets. She will be speaking about what protective factors build successful students despite experiencing any setbacks. Learning through a pandemic has been trauma-inducing for some students (and adults asContinue reading “Opening Speaker: Sara Truebridge”