Teachers, here’s how to have hard conversations with your veteran administrator

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqlgy9zAmjI[/embedyt] We want to enthusiastically recognize those of you who have joined us in the field. Welcome! We have some amazing millennial teachers (born between 1980-2000) in our schools. Many of you are replacing our baby boomer teachers, who are quickly approaching retirement. As millennials, you have a valuable perspective to contribute to our…

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Does your professional learning experience have a ‘strong door’?

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBp70_CZZxk[/embedyt] I have a restauranteur friend, Lynn. Although we come from different industries and perspectives, we both believe a restaurant needs to have a “strong door”: the good feeling you get when you walk through the door and immediately feel welcomed. Within the first moments of your arrival, the strong door hostess greets you, positively manages your…

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Mirror, Mirror, In The Lab

Susan Herll and Liz Briggs huddle at a table in the center of a nearly empty classroom in a middle school in Colorado. The room is clearly unused for student instruction. Tables are pushed against a wall, chairs are stacked, the bulletin boards are bare. It is a quiet place in the heart of a…

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Community Events Offer Cultural Learning Opportunities

Culturally proficient schools have carefully developed an awareness of the communities they serve. The teachers and leaders know who lives in the community, value and build upon the assets students and families bring, and recognize the challenges in the local environment that affect both school and community. Therefore, developing strong relationships with the community is…

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