How to Handle Distance Learning’s “Ghost” Students

Megan BaldufBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: We must acknowledge the concerns about student engagement and attendance that may occur during remote learning. We don’t know everyone’s situation so we must offer grace. According to a meta-analysis of psychiatric research, social isolation and loneliness during the pandemic negatively affect children’s levels of anxiety and depression. Listed below are ways to reach out to students. Use any … Read More

First-Year Assistant Principal: Pandemic Style

Tyson GardinBlog, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: The pandemic caused uncertainties at the beginning of the school year, but leaders must still lead by figuring out a plan to serve and keeping students at the center of our focus. Effective leadership means you communicate regularly, listen attentively, offer empathy and support, and meet people’s needs with flexibility and adaptability. Courageous, strong leadership is necessary to ease … Read More

School Leaders in a Pandemic

Noor AliBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: School leaders across the nation are thanklessly navigating unchartered territory as they manage schools amidst the pandemic. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and other school staff are all struggling; everyone needs understanding during this time. Over the last nine months, life has been hard for teachers, students, and parents across the nation. Our social media feeds are a testimony to … Read More