Category Archives: Administration and Leadership

What Administrators May Not Know About the Common Core

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Remember when you took a first look at the Common Core State Standards? Do you remember thinking—like so many of us—There’s nothing new about this! Okay, so learning should be robust, relevant, and rigorous. Nothing shocking about that, is there? … Continue reading

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More Common Sense Tips & Tactics for Savvy School Leaders (Part II)

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By Jim Grant, SDE Founder and Consultant Thank you all for the nice response to my last tips and tactics blog. I recently conducted a workshop on this topic for a large group of administrators. I loved it, because they got … Continue reading

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Common Sense Tips & Tactics for Courageous School Leaders (Part I)

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By Jim Grant, SDE Founder and Consultant When I was both a teacher and principal for two decades, I carefully kept notes of my experiences, never really knowing what I would ever do with them. Then I found a need for … Continue reading

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Bring Parents Along for the Ride

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By Ricky Mikelman, SDE Educational Consultant Change is scary—and there are so many changes going on in education!  We’re seeing some backlash against the Common Core now, often based on misconceptions and misinformation.  We all want our children to be … Continue reading

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Attitude: I’m Starting with the Teacher in the Mirror

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What attitude did you bring into your classroom today? Perhaps you arrived harried because of traffic…frustrated because of a spat with your teenager… or blah—just because. But attitude isn’t just about whether you’re having a good or bad day. It’s … Continue reading

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