School Improvement

Balancing introversion and extroversion to avoid over-collaboration

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3 Ways to Prevent Over-Collaborating

Categories: School Improvement

In my book, Everyday Instructional Coaching, I emphasize the important role instructional coaches play in facilitating effective collaboration. As educators, we continually demand collaboration for our students and consistently schedule team meetings and planning sessions. We have to ask ourselves, “What is the purpose of collaboration?” Is it to check a box for the principal, truly be productive, or meet pre-established goals? We have placed a high value on collaboration, but at what cost?

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Edupreneurs are risk-takers, lifelong learners, and recruiters

Becoming Edupreneurs in 21st Century Schools

Categories: 21st Century Skills, School Improvement

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —Charles Darwin

Becoming an edupreneur requires the dusting off of three dispositions of our younger selves. These are three postures that made many of us fearless warriors in the education arena, taking on every challenge we faced with energy, enthusiasm, and most of all, eagerness. Read more

Reflecting on Your Leadership as a School Leader

Reflecting on Your Leadership Style

Categories: School Improvement

Based on Stronger Together: Answering the Questions of Collaborative Leadership

We have wondered about the number of times someone has had a discussion about leadership in general as compared to the number of times a person has sat down and reflected on what makes him or her an effective leader. We would venture to guess that general leadership discussions far outweigh self-reflection regarding leadership skills. We think this is problematic.

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Coaching Collaborative Teams

Coaching Collaborative Teams

Categories: PLC, School Improvement

Based on the book Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaborative Teams in a PLC at Work™This is Part 1 in a series on coaching collaborative teams in professional learning communities. To view all posts see Coaching in a PLC at Work™.

Most schools have at least one collaborative team that just isn’t cutting the mustard. They meet consistently as a team, but they just don’t seem to make any headway toward improving teaching practices, let alone student achievement. We have trained them in the fundamentals of professional learning communities, shown them videos of what productive teams look like, and have occasionally joined their meetings to help them keep on track. But still, they just don’t seem to “get it.” Read more