Coaching Forward

Coaching Forward: Team Action Plans in PLCs

Categories: PLC

Based on the book Amplify Your Impact, this is part 5 in a series on coaching collaborative teams in professional learning communities. To view all posts see Coaching in a PLC at Work™.

Effective school leaders know that in order to improve, we must be in a constant state of motion. The question is, however, in what direction are we moving? Motion can be circular, backward, linear, or vertical, and although we may be moving, not all motion results in progress. Read more

5 Common Mistakes of First-Year Principals

Categories: School Improvement

You’re absolutely ecstatic because you finally got that principal position you’ve been wanting for a long time! Since the moment you were named principal of your school, your mind has been racing about all the things you’re going to do, right? Well, take a deep breath. My first piece of advice is to slow down. Take a moment to think about what mistakes you don’t want to make as you begin this exciting journey as a principal. Read more

We've Moved! Evolving Education Beyond Classrooms

Why We Need to Move on from Classrooms

Categories: School Improvement

Based on the book Learning Without Classrooms

Secondary schools consisting of classrooms is an outdated and ineffective idea. A classroom-based school is the most visible manifestation of mass-instruction thinking. It has been with us in education for over 100 years, since it was first implemented in 1908, when Nicolas Wirt applied mass-production thinking to education in his “’platoon school.” Read more