Building Capacity by Letting Go

Martin SilvermanBlog, Differentiate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: A few decades ago, children were given the freedom to play with less adult intervention. They learned how to self-regulate and problem solve on their own. Now, adults quickly jump in to provide solutions to every problems. We have disempowered children by controlling many aspects of their day. Snowplow parents smooth the way for their children by removing possible … Read More

Tag Out

Dave SchmittouBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Instead of doing a walkthrough, administrators can do a tag out. This allows the teacher a chance to do a walkthrough in a room of one of their peers. With tag outs, educators get the time to learn from their peers. This provides them an opportunity to learn more than they might if they were being observed by an … Read More

Be a Leader Who Empowers Your Staff

Dana GoodierBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: Be a leader who empowers your staff by helping each teacher see their strengths and potential. Opening up classrooms to walkthroughs gives small groups of teachers on grade and subject-level teams the opportunity to discover the cool things their colleagues are doing. Walkthroughs can have a theme around literacy, student engagement, standards-based grading, or anything else your school is … Read More

Leading By Empowering Blog Series

Livia ChanBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

Leading By Empowering Series Overview Unless you have an official title, you may not consider yourself to be a leader…yet. May we challenge you to believe that as an educator, you ARE a leader. Don’t be fooled by the title of this course. This is not only for those who hold a title but also for any educator who works … Read More

Empowering Staff in the Decision-Making Process

Rob BreyerBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Empowering staff in the decision-making process means listening to your staff’s needs. Consider the potential barriers before making any big decisions. Be open with staff and solicit feedback to increase buy-in. Be sure to explain the “why” of your decision-making process. School administrators are continuously looking for new strategies to help their teachers and students in their schools achieve … Read More