Better Leadership: Planning for Leadership

Raymond PortenBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Watching my sons, I have noticed their leadership skills develop.  It has allowed me to reflect on different leadership approaches. Becoming a leader is a journey and different people take different paths. Take time to learn and develop as a leader.  It will help you be ready for the right position. Every opportunity is a learning experience that will … Read More

Equity and Inclusion in Education

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Classroom management and creating a positive school culture are part of equity and inclusion. Build meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and the community. Be a role model. Don’t forget you are human and so are your students. Be true to yourself. Be the good for others. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Journaling/Reflection Questions What would you change about your … Read More

Character Development in Schools

Shawn K. ChangBlog, Engage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Character development is necessary. The 7 habits of highly effective people include being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand then be understood, synergizing, and sharpening the saw. Character development should be a major part of all schools. As a district special education resource teacher for the past 14 … Read More

#Love Is the Source: The Schools of the New Century

Efraín MartinezBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Nobody signed up to be a modern educator. We have to throw away the concept of measuring students and educators by numbers and instead, support them in healing first. We cannot positively impact a child’s intellect if the child does not believe we care for them. It is our duty to redesign the schools of the new century with … Read More

Setting Up ISNBs and ISJs Part 1: Materials

Holly StuartBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: This post shares the process for setting up ISNBs and ISJs and the materials that are needed.  Use composition notebooks (not spiral bound), colored pencils, and liquid glue. Be sure to teach students how to use the glue correctly before giving them a notebook. Remember the purpose of an ISNB/ISJ In my last Science Better blog post, I wrote … Read More