5 Pieces of Data Your Leadership Team Should Be Analyzing

Leadership teams spend hours and hours each school year looking at assessment data. Data will help teachers and administrators target individual students and standards for intervention. However, assessment data is only part of the picture. There is a wide variety of data out there that needs to be analyzed in order to truly transform schoolsContinue reading “5 Pieces of Data Your Leadership Team Should Be Analyzing”

5 Ways To Smartly Purchase Educational Technology

Edtech is a multi-billion dollar business. Edtech purchases have increased 5 times over the past five years. However, are these purchases actually doing students any good where it counts? Are they actually benefitting students in the classroom? As a technology in schools advocate, I urge all educators to carefully research and purchase devices and programsContinue reading “5 Ways To Smartly Purchase Educational Technology”

5 Ways to Create a Powerful Response to Intervention Plan

Schools across the country are creating intervention plans for students. However, most of these plans fall short and are just mere shells of what they could and should be. Schools are spending thousands of dollars and wasting precious time implementing plans that simply do not work, further frustrating students, teachers and parents. Students are stillContinue reading “5 Ways to Create a Powerful Response to Intervention Plan”

5 Ways To Improve Teacher Retention

A 2015 National Center of Education Statistics survey on teacher attrition found that about 15% of all teachers leave the profession within five years. A 2015 NPR article states that nearly half of all teachers will leave the school they are currently at, with rates being higher in high-poverty schools. This rate of attrition isContinue reading “5 Ways To Improve Teacher Retention”

Staffing Consistency is Vital for a School’s Success

Culture is king. Schools leap forward or jump back due to a positive or negative culture. This culture is built on creating positive, strong, long-lasting relationships. It is difficult to build these strong relationships when staff is moved around and in and out of the school every year. This is especially true in Special EducationContinue reading “Staffing Consistency is Vital for a School’s Success”

5 Ways to Build a Strong School Culture

Great schools / districts all have one thing in common: great organizational culture. Dedicated teachers and a researched-based curriculum isn’t enough to make a school great. Culture is everything. Management guru, Peter Drucker wrote, “Culture eats strategy for lunch”. He is right. A poor organizational culture will send these amazing teachers straight into the armsContinue reading “5 Ways to Build a Strong School Culture”