Teacher Retention Infographic

Teacher Retention Infographic

Have you considered it? (probably not)

Have you considered it? (probably not)
The boy was two, maybe three years old. He was holding his mother’s hand while they stood at the curb. He was eager to cross, but she, of course, stood fast. Through the window of the deli I could not hear her words, but understood her intention. She lowered her self to his level. She ...

Diversity Comes in Many Forms

Diversity Comes in Many Forms
We think of a group of people who look different from one another are diverse. And that is true. They are. However, the importance of that difference to the making of decisions does not lie solely in the group members’ outward appearance or life experiences. It is the knowledge base each person brings from their ...

5 Ways to Avoid Hearing “Are we there yet?”

5 Ways to Avoid Hearing
They, the preverbal ‘they’, say 90 some percent of all learning is visual. So, do your teachers have a clear vision of where they are going in their professional development? Do you, as their principal, coach, or mentor, know if they are on the right track toward their desired professional goals? Well, worry no more, ...

The Form, From & Function of Feedback

The Form, From & Function of Feedback
Please excuse the alliterative title. Its use was positively promoted primarily through teachers teeming with functional feedback from several sources. Annoying isn’t it. My older brother rues the day I discovered alliteration’s annoying properties. You can picture the scene – a long car ride with nothing else to do but enrage your big brother enough to ...

Reforming Educational Reform

Reforming Educational Reform
Educational reform is ripe with “distractors” and in need of more “collaboration”, so says John Hattie, chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, deputy director of the Science of Learning Research Centre, and  director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. In recent reports summarized by freelance educational writer Dian Schaffhauser, ...

Why Do I Need to Self-Reflect?

Why Do I Need to Self-Reflect?
Why do you need to self-reflect? Well, in asking that question, you’ve begun the process of self-reflecting! Congrats. You need to include self-reflection as a professional development process because 1) like your mother always said of eating the stuffed, green peppers, its good for you, and 2) its becoming a job requirement. Along with many ...

Serving Students While Suffering in Silence

Serving Students While Suffering in Silence
Teachers have to deal with other people’s problems all day long. Teachers must mediate the effects of the societal and parental exposures their students experience. The National Education Association wrote, “Mental health conditions affect one in five adults in the United States every year.” [1] Nearly 50% of U.S. teachers polled in a recent Gallop ...

How to Individualize Professional Development Offerings

How to Individualize Professional Development Offerings
As part of re-licensure requirements for the state of Minnesota, teachers must submit 125 clock hours of documented trainings.  The 125 hours must address six different areas of professional content. One of which is entitled, “Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction”. [2] The aim of this requirement is to encourage teachers to differentiate ...

How to Motivate the Un-Motivatable

How to Motivate the Un-Motivatable
Chris made group work nearly impossible. Chris was never prepared. Didn’t participate. Talked incessantly about nothing in particular moving everyone else off-task. Chris’ choices made learning difficult for everyone. Chris’ behavior was challenging. Enter the theoretical approach of PBS – Positive Behavioral Support. “Positive behavioral support (PBS) is a broad term that describes a comprehensive, research ...
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