Spark Your Passion This Summer!

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: In order to come back in September feeling excited and happy to return, we need to take time off. There are 10 ways we can spark our passion in the summer: make time for yourself, rethink curriculum, do some planning, learn, be yourself, revisit your why, know you are human, lead and mentor others, build excitement, and maintain trusting … Read More

Ah, the Cool of June

Martin SilvermanBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: The cool of June provides time to plan ahead for the fall. As you plan, think about the needs of your staff. Considering what your staff needs will help to get school started off on the right foot.  In the fall, staff members need to ease back into the routine. They need to reacquaint with their team members and … Read More

Great Leaders Know When to Get Off Their Soapbox

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: We all have a soapbox. It may be more important to get off the soapbox than to constantly stand on the soapbox and announce our good intentions.  The “Knowing-Doing Gap” is created when school staff know the jargon, but fail to change their practice. Eduspeak is one of the main barriers to supporting more students and transforming teaching and … Read More

The Gift of Listening: Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Students

Dana GoodierBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Teach through an equity lens and reflect to make sure all students are feeling supported. Some questions to ponder include how are: How do you support your LGBTQ+ students and colleagues? How are you an ally? What kind of materials are you using in your classroom that include all gender identities and sexual orientations? Other questions for school leaders … Read More

A Professional Learning Network

Steven WeberBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Twenty years ago, teachers had each other’s backs. Their PLN were teachers down the hall. Now, PLNs look different. When you attend national conferences, you have the opportunity to connect with other educators across the U.S. You can learn and grow from others by asking questions. Five benefits of a PLN: learning, sharing, celebrating, reflecting, and growing.  A PLN … Read More