Linda Darling Hammond and her colleagues have done extensive research on professional learning and added a tremendous amount to the field of education. I have grounded much of my work in her research, so it is with a great deal of respect and admiration that I push on how some these best practices translate to… Read More Are We Getting Better at the Wrong Things?
Professional development gets its fair share of criticism- sometimes it’s because the activities and the strategies don’t connect with the teacher’s classroom or context. Sometimes it’s because it’s adding more rather than helping teachers do what they need to do in their classroom better. But to be fair, there are also times that teachers love… Read More Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation
At the San Diego Equity Symposium, I got to hear Liz Murray tell her story about growing up homeless to graduating from Harvard. Through her incredible life story, she highlighted that the experience of an individual isn’t black and white. She shared many struggles but also the love she had for her family. It is… Read More What might be preventing students from learning in school?
Why do some students willingly engage in academic tasks? What makes learners persist in challenging tasks? What compels learners to want to learn more and improve? These questions are top of mind for researchers and practitioners alike and together we continue the quest to support all learners to see their value and the promise of… Read More Developing Academic Mindsets that Foster Growth, Development, and Innovation
For too long we have upheld the myth that there are those who are creative and those who aren’t. Contrary to this theory, David and Tom Kelley advocate that creativity is not reserved for the few but that the capacity for being creative lies within all of us. In their book, Creative Confidence, they share… Read More Developing Creative Confidence
Although it is impossible to think that one could or should have all the answers, too many of us often feel inadequate when we don’t. It is hard to get away from the idea that the teacher, principal, superintendent or whoever is “in charge” should be the expert and have all the answers. This was… Read More 3 Characteristics of Authentic Leadership that Inspires Innovation
I was with some experienced principals recently and we were talking about professional learning that actually shifts practice. I shared examples of action research, looking at student work, peer observations and coaching that I have experienced in my own professional career and have seen time and time again the impact these experiences have on both… Read More Unlock Agency
The USS Santa Fe moved from last to first in morale, performance, and retention by creating leadership at every level. In his book, Turn this Ship Around, Captain David Marquet details his experience turning a ship crew from the worst performing to the best. He says that he was trained to lead so that others… Read More Leadership at Every Level
The best of each of us is amplified when we work on teams that are structured to support effective teamwork but what makes these effective teams work can feel somewhat elusive at times. For starters, a group of talented individuals working together does not make a team. For teams to work together and do their… Read More 5 Lessons Learned to Create Successful Teams
Admittedly, I have never loved poetry. I think a big part of this is that I thought that I always had to analyze it the “right way.” I was always taught to determine what the author’s message was as if there was only one answer, which is why I felt so validated when I read… Read More Forever Beginning