By: Julie Jungalwala (formerly Wilson), Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor The summer professional development season is upon us and I have been enjoying working with several schools as they continue the work of translating their pedagogical and curricular vision into reality. A key part of this work is deciding on the work to be done - all while holding it lightly and with a spirit of iteration. During these conversations, we typically add things to be done - very rarely do we discuss what we might stop doing. A helpful exercise I often facilitate is called KEEP/STOP/ START. Try it with yourself and your team and commit to the changes that emerge :)
Tue May 09 08:51 AM
You’re still celebrating being named to a new leadership role in your district and you’re ready to get to work and move your school(s) forward … now is the time to consider your strengths and weaknesses carefully and to introspectively analyze your leadership style.
Tue Apr 18 09:03 AM
Grant dollars have always been available for K-12, but I would submit that we are seeing a record amount of grant dollars being announced by multiple funding sources. What problem or challenge would you solve if you had the money? Those funds are likely available in the form of a grant.
Wed Apr 05 09:29 AM
Team building is an essential component in industry and in education. Teams offer a systematic structure to address prevent and solve many of the problems we face in education today that are too difficult for one person or one group to solve.
Tue Mar 21 12:05 PM
A flashback from Dr. Kevin Elko, Guest Contributor
Tue Feb 28 08:15 AM
School districts around the nation are faced with the challenge of finding sufficient qualified staff to fill all the positions needed to serve students with disabilities well; therefore, staffing must be strategic and data-driven in order to deliver needed services effectively and efficiently. Additionally, staffing represents the largest portion of any school district’s budget therefore determining staffing needs is a critical function in any school district. The level of service students with disabilities need should be the driver for special education staffing and NOT the programs available. Service needs are determined by IEP teams and measured by minutes of service needed for students to make progress toward meeting their IEP goals. It is important that district leaders have a means to extract total minutes of service, as determined in student IEPs, per school in order to determine campus staffing needs and to ensure student IEPs are implemented with fidelity.
Tue Feb 14 08:06 AM
For more than two decades, forward-leaning educators have focused on a set of skills that for some reason all started with the letter “C”: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, etc. I want to add another “C” to that list, one, I would argue, that will be more important to the world going forward than all the rest. Civility. If we don’t get this one right, we may not have a framework in which the others will bear fruit.
Tue Jan 31 08:30 AM
In our world of uncertainty, especially for superintendents, there is one thing we can rely on: it is not a matter of if a crisis will occur, but when. A recent stint as an interim superintendent served as a reminder that the job has a unique set of challenges and adequate preparation is essential.
Tue Jan 17 07:55 AM
By: Faron L. Hollinger Ed.D.
Tue Nov 08 07:03 AM
Five years ago, I attended my 45th high school reunion and reflected in my Blog about how the interpersonal and student-focused dynamics of high schools in the early 1970s were similar and different from the high schools I worked in—at that time—in 2017. Today, I attended my 50th high school reunion, and it is striking what has happened in our country and across the world over the past five years. And while I will detail some of that history in a poem below, let’s recognize that every generation feels that it is unique, and that it contributed something essential to American history and our social fabric.
Mon Oct 17 09:26 PM