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The Power of Beliefs

Beliefs are one of the most powerful things in school. Don’t believe me? Students' beliefs in how well they will do is the second...

The Danger of Meetings

Meetings are often terrible. I bet you can think of many examples of horrible meetings that you’ve experienced. These range from whole...

Don't do PLCs...unless

I remember being struck by the cover of the book On Common Ground. It lists the chapter authors in this order: Roland Barth, Rebecca...

Physics of the Implementation Dip

Trying new things is hard. Getting good at new things is even harder. In fact, our output often suffers at first. This is commonly...

First, Do No Harm

If we do RtI or MTSS incorrectly, we have the potential of negatively impacting two of the strongest influences on student success:...

What's in a name?

As the school year starts, I had a wonderful reminder on Twitter from a newfound friend about the importance of names. It can be really...

Systems or People?

Where to begin? What to focus on? We are all so busy that we naturally seek out ways to simplify our work. We know we can’t do...

What are we selling?

Getting buy-in is one of the most widespread leadership terms that exists. For school improvement or any other change initiative,...

End Strong to Start Strong

It's the end of the school year. You’ve been swamped with everything that goes into the last couple of months of school. You finally...

The Foundation

There are a number of skills and dispositions that have been found to be the most predictive of future life success that really have...

Build Capacity, Not Dependency

Many parents and teachers have noticed that some kids are missing an important skillset to be successful with online or distance learning....

What Really Matters

Earlier this year, we posted about the need to recognize there is a hierarchy of needs that families and staff were facing as we started...

The Communication Challenge

Did you ever play the "telephone" game when you were a kid? You know, the one where someone whispers a message to the person next to...

The New Instructional Core

Most people in education have at least a general understanding of the Instructional Core. As defined by Richard Elmore, it includes the...

Don't Skip the Foundation

Most of the school systems we work with have been frantically creating plans to support their teachers and families with home-based...

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