The Impact of Leadership on the Change in Learning and Teaching

The extent to which leaders create the culture for learning and innovation in their schools often results in diverse approaches to teaching and learning. Foundational to this is the notion that is highlighted in the the new Future Ready Leaders Guide by EdSurge: Becoming a “Future-Ready School” does not mean replacing existing curriculum and instructional practices […]

6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices

Establishing a shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders is critical when trying to implement wide-scale change. Cultivating a shared vision requires “practices aimed at identifying new opportunities for the school, and developing, articulating, and inspiring others with a vision of the future” (Ng, 2008, p. 5). When systems struggle to meet desired goals, it is often a result of […]

Learning is a Process, Not an Event

A few weeks ago our team led a leadership meeting with a partner district and we were discussing our most significant learning experiences.  I noticed how passionate these leaders were as they  reflected and shared about their experiences. No matter how often we do this activity, or how diverse the crowd, the themes of significant learning […]

Create Your Own Adventure (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice Part 5)

Teachers (like all learners) thrive when they have a clear understanding of the vision and know where they are going, yet have the autonomy to get there in a way that meets the needs of the learners in their classrooms.  A teacher’s preparation and previous experiences influence how they teach.  If you think about it, the opportunities and […]

Meaningful Problem Solving (Professional Learning that Shifts Practice Part 2)

As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets.  Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look […]

Purposeful Professional Learning (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice- Part 1)

As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets.  Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look […]

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice

Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and over I hear the same kinds of responses and wishes for how they could learn.  There is a deep desire to develop their practice, not just be talked to but be […]

To Improve Learning, First Seek to Understand the Learners

According to a Gallup Education poll, students that strongly agree that they “feel excited about the future” and that their school is “committed to building the strengths of each student” are 30 times more to show signs of engagement in the classroom compared to those that disagree with those statements. Ensuring students feel valued and understand their purpose for learning is […]

Caught in the Middle

I was reading a book about giraffes with my son and it sparked more questions about how they live and how their babies are born.  I didn’t have the answers so he said, “Let’s look it up!”  I grabbed my phone and we watched video after video about giraffes and their calves that helped answer […]

Harnessing the Power of Teacher Leaders

When administrators and teachers  work together, everyone wins, especially students.  Collaboration between administrators and teachers can help everyone learn, implement, refine and share ideas that improve learning for adults and students. Teacher leaders can serve as linchpins that move systems and structures to a culture of learning that empowers teachers to make the most impact in their […]