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From Knowledge to Action: How Instructional Leaders Can Create Positive Change

“Act or accept.”  —Anonymous “Knowing about the ‘knowing-doing gap’ is different from doing something about it.” —Jeffery Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton, authors How do we turn knowledge into measurable action? How do we address the knowing-doing gap within education. As an educator, I try to live by the words, “When you know better, you are obligated to do better.” While I may remain a work in progress, I know the critical piece is moving from thinking to doing; with students in the mix, this is essential. This topic is significant because of its connection to instructional leaders creating a sustainable [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:32+00:00March 29th, 2018|

How Strong Instructional Leaders Can Bring Out the Best in Educators

Great leaders and managers recognize the importance of maximizing their resources, including recruiting and retaining the right people for their organizations. In the book, First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman state, “Select a person, set expectations, motivate the person, and develop the person. These four activities are the manager’s most important responsibilities.” The authors speak to what great managers do and don’t do, including treating every employee as an individual, focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses, and finding ways to measure, count, and reward outcomes. For instructional leaders in [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:35+00:00January 25th, 2018|

The Power of Reflection for Teaching & Leading

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” —Peter Drucker, author and founder of Drucker Business Institute A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview a superintendent and a school board member for a graduate school assignment on reflection. The questions were designed by my professor to cause people to really pause and reflect on their current practices related to culture, effectiveness as a leader, communication, roles, and responsibilities, and community partnerships. Both of the people that I interviewed commented afterwards that they appreciated the opportunity to be reflective [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:42+00:00January 31st, 2017|

Building Classroom Walls That Teach

As educators, we know that environment influences learning, and in particular, that classroom environments influence literacy development. We also know this to be true for grades Pre-K−12.While the start of school is still a week away for some of us, I wanted to write about a topic that is near to my heart and very important for all of our students. As a classroom teacher, I failed to fully grasp the power of instructional walls and the long-term benefits for students. My walls were the typical high school science classroom walls with the large periodic table, some vocabulary words, [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:44+00:00August 29th, 2016|

Facing Hard Facts and Tough Decisions

As I looked at the calendar and considered what I wanted to write about in this blog, I started to reflect on my last few months of work-related travel and my conversations with school leaders throughout the country. I also thought about the countless conversations about education that I’ve had with people in airports and on airplanes. My favorite conversations focused on teachers: what it is really like to be a teacher and how teachers spend their summers—taking classes, teaching summer school, working a second job, etc.; not the months of time off or vacation that most people envision. [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:46+00:00April 26th, 2016|

Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap: How School Leaders Can Transfer Knowledge into Action to Impact Student and Teacher Learning

“Action expresses priorities.”   —Gandhi “Action is the foundational key to all success.”   —Pablo Picasso A new year has begun, and along with it come the resolutions–to eat better, exercise more, read more, stay in touch with friends, travel; the list goes on. The beginning of a new year for schools is much the same: we all start with great intentions and plans built around the important work necessary to improve student achievement outcomes. We know the research, we have the data, we have the personnel, and we know the great need that exists in our schools—but how do we [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:48+00:00January 19th, 2016|