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Stop giving teachers bad feedback

The most difficult part of the transition from classroom teacher to instructional coach is giving feedback to teachers who have decades more experience than you do. I was barely a toddler in dogs years and there I was, telling teachers who had 20, 30 years of skin in the

5 ways to lose credibility with your faculty

I think being credible, that is, being taken seriously, is the first step toward being an effective leader. People, especially those you wish to or purport to lead have to believe in your knowledge, skills, and abilities as a leader. That should go without saying, but it’s

Why data driven instruction doesn’t work

Data driven instruction is the philosophy that data, about students, what they know and can do, who they are, and how they learn, ought to be driving the instructional practices of teachers and school leaders. Once upon a time, teachers’ observations, opinions of students’ abilities, and other

When instructional leaders don’t know content

First, for the five or six of you who read my blog or follow me on Twitter, I apologize for the lag between posts. What can I say ? A brother has been busy. I started a new job (more on that in another post…maybe), have small

Resume Advice for Ambitious Educators

I’ve sat in on a number of interviews and have been responsible for making hiring recommendations for various positions in the school system over the past few years. In that time I’ve seen some great, and some dreadfully awful, resumes. In the last few weeks I’ve also been

My ideal structure for a leadership pathway

School districts invest a lot of time and energy into training teachers, but they often miss the mark when it comes to training leaders. If districts invested a comparable amount of time and money into training leaders we would see more schools improve student performance, an increase

Protect Your Reputation

I don’t have any real data to support this, but I’m sure that if I did some sort of fancy statistical analysis on the relationship between the rise in  popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIN and professionals between the ages of 22 and say…50, I would

4 Habits of Credible Educational Leaders

I think a lot about the qualities and habits of good Principals and Assistant Principals because I hope to be one some day. Soon. So, I spend a lot of time analyzing the behavior and outcomes of good and bad leaders of all kinds. In doing so,

The Value of a Professional Circle of Influence

I first learned the value of having a professional circle of influence when I was a mathematics teacher at Turner Middle School. I had a knack for finding interesting ways to make the content challenging and intellectually engaging…for the top students. I struggled to do the same

Influence vs. Authority in Educational Leadership

I take a lot of time to reflect on my work and as I’ve grown as a leader I’ve been reflecting on the benefits of being influential vs. having some sort of officially sanctioned authority or positional power in the workplace. 4 years ago, when I accepted