5 Ways to Work With a Reluctant Teacher Collaborator

The research is very clear on teacher collaboration: it works. A recent study by Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. (2015), surveyed over 9000 teachers on the subject of teacher collaboration. Over 90% of the teachers surveyed indicated that collaboration was beneficial to both teachers and their students.  However, there are teachers at every school that are reluctant to collaborate with their colleagues. Continue reading “5 Ways to Work With a Reluctant Teacher Collaborator”

5 Ways To Work With An Angry Parent

Working with angry parents is a part of the job of all school administrators. There are few things more anxiety producing in the profession than working in your office and hearing “I need to speak to the principal now” being yelled loudly from the lobby of the main office. Many of these intense meetings are unplanned and spontaneous in nature. Principals must be prepared to engage with an angry parent on a moment’s notice in order to defuse and resolve the conflict in the most appropriate manner. If they don’t, that parent is most likely headed to the district office or the media.Continue reading “5 Ways To Work With An Angry Parent”

5 Items on Every Principal’s Summer Checklist

The summer months are a time of reflection and recharging for all educators. Principals are no exception. Most administrators only get a few weeks off in the summer. This time is spent finishing out the academic year and then preparing for the one ahead. There is a lot happening behind the scenes at a school site over the summer.Continue reading “5 Items on Every Principal’s Summer Checklist”

5 Important Reminders for your Principal Interview

Becoming a school site administrator is one of the biggest steps an educator can take in their career. Leaving the classroom for the front office is a big decision. Some teachers wait decades to make the switch, while others do it much earlier in their career. The interview process for a principal position can be intimidating, frustrating, and nerve-racking.Continue reading “5 Important Reminders for your Principal Interview”

5 Ways to Attract Highly Qualified Teachers

A school is only as good as the teachers that work at it. In order for students to reach their highest potential, they must be taught by knowledgeable, caring, and thoughtful teachers. Ensuring that every student has a highly qualified teacher needs to be a top priority for all school and districts. Continue reading “5 Ways to Attract Highly Qualified Teachers”

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2019

For the past two years, I have written a culminating post on education practices and ideas that need to be retired. I am pleased to report that the 2017 and 2018 articles have been read and shared over 50,000 times by educators around the world. So, without further ado, here are five educational practices and ideas we need to retire in 2019.Continue reading “5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2019”

5 Ways to Strengthen the Teacher Evaluation Process

Teacher evaluation systems differ from district to district, and from state to state. There are differences in the amount of observations, timelines, yearly goals, and rubrics. However, the purpose of teacher evaluations should remain constant: to provide teachers the valuable feedback they need in order to continue to improve their craft. Sadly, according to research, many teachers feel that the evaluation process is simply a mandated checklist and a hoop to jump through every year or two without any real meaning or benefit to themselves.Continue reading “5 Ways to Strengthen the Teacher Evaluation Process”

5 Ways Principals Can Brighten a Teacher’s Day

The job of a school principal is complex, broad, and challenging. We often focus on the notion that students need to be at the center of everything we do. While I am not disputing this, I do believe that principals need to focus a lot of their energy on the teachers at their sites. Happy teachers make great teachers. Great teachers can have an enormous impact on student achievement. The reverse is also true. Unhappy teachers are unable to make the impact they need to in the classroom in order to best serve students.Continue reading “5 Ways Principals Can Brighten a Teacher’s Day”

5 Ideas for Literacy Centers

Empirical research informs us that students retain more information when performing hands-on tasks and getting actively involved in the learning process. Active learning increased student engagement, student learning outcomes, and helps students develop teamwork and collaboration skills. Creating and utilizing literacy centers is a great way to engage young students in active learning. Center work allows students to be more autonomous, problem-solve, and to self-direct all under the watchful eye of the teacher in the classroom.Continue reading “5 Ideas for Literacy Centers”

5 Things New Principals (and principals that are new to their school) Should Never Do Their First Year On The Job

Becoming a principal for the first time, or moving to a new school, is an exciting venture for any educator. Principals must do everything in their power to set themselves up for success. According to the 2012-13 principal staffing survey from the US Department of Education, over 20 percent of principals left their schools and over 70 percent of principals have less than five years at their current schools. In 2014, a School Leaders Network  report found half of new principals leave by their third year. In 2012, RAND researchers found that when principals leave, the school underperforms the next year.Continue reading “5 Things New Principals (and principals that are new to their school) Should Never Do Their First Year On The Job”