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3 Things 2016 Has Taught Me

I have to admit, 2016 was a really tough year for me for a lot of reasons. And yet, it’s those tough seasons that teach us some of life’s biggest lessons. This week, I want to share three of the biggest lessons I learned (or relearned) this year. After you’ve read them, I’d love to […]

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Small Changes Make A Big Difference

I remember the first time I saw my father change a tire. I wondered how on earth he was going to lift our massive Buick in order to get the flat tire off the car. Would he lift it himself? Would he find three other strong men to help him, one at each corner? Imagine […]

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Why Year-Long Plans Don’t Work

When I was studying to be a teacher, I had big plans. I had year-long plans, 3-year plans, 5-year plans, and 10-year plans.Thankfully, I was able to achieve a lot of my plans early on. But mid-way through my teaching career, I hit a wall. Suddenly, it was harder to set 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year […]

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Conducting Difficult Conversations

Many times when you are having a difficult conversation, the other person may attempt to derail the conversation and distract you from your point. If that happens, here are some strategies for getting the conversation back on track: We want to know… What strategies have you used to keep difficult conversations on track? Share them […]

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Case Study: Instructional Coaches Training

Recently, I conducted a workshop for instructional coaches who wanted to learn more about how to promote and support rigorous instruction in their schools. I had about 150 k-12 instructional coaches at the training and we started the day by looking at some classroom video footage. I asked the coaches to watch each five-minute slice […]

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