July 26, 2017 in School Culture

For the last three months, I have watched the teachers and leaders I love (the ones I have witnessed making an undeniable impact on kids) feel defeated by VAM (Value-Added Model) scores and school grades. In supporting them, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my own love-hate relationship with data.

June 28, 2017 in School Culture

I’ve talked to countless educators this summer about the work they are doing to prepare for a new school year. Without exception, they all mention these four E’s in some form: Essential content; engaging lessons; effective strategies; efficient procedures

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January 25, 2017 by Julie Hasson

Seize the Day

There is one essential question that you need to ask each morning, “Am I going to seize the day or merely accept what comes?” Frankly, there are only two ways to approach the day ahead. One is to actively pursue your goals and dreams. The other is to passively receive whatever the day brings.




January 10, 2017 by Julie Hasson

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One thing is certain when it comes to your students – what you look for, you will find. If you look for problems and deficits, you will find them. If you look for gifts and strengths, you will find them.




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Guest Blog by Laura Estes-Swilley

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