Category Archives: Principal

Tech in the classroom – looking ahead to this school year

I asked two of my favorite elementary school teacher peeps, Jennie Lopez and Claire Vincent, 5th grade teachers at Westbrook ES in Bethesda, MD, to think about this coming school year and technologies that they want to implement in the … Continue reading

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Collaboration’s Key When Planning Common Core Implementation

My recent piece for ASCD on Common Core implementation at Lexington School District One near Columbia, SC. You can also read it here. It is not surprising that school districts are finding that effective Common Core State Standards implementation is … Continue reading

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More on transitioning from elementary to middle school

At this post, I re-purposed research that colleagues had done at The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, on the issue of transitioning from elementary to middle school, and I want to return to it. My wife and I … Continue reading

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Student engagement and Phil Schlechty

A school district superintendent asked me to dig into the issue of student engagement, and while I found several pieces that discuss this issue, it was this review by Elizabeth Bowen that provided some quick answers and a summary of … Continue reading

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Teaching character

Back in this post, I wrote about school culture, its importance, and the hard work it takes to make it a genuine and on-going part of the school. Too many schools try to get it through shortcuts, as they “build … Continue reading

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The lure of programs

I heard a principal talk the other evening about installing a new program at her school, Project ACHIEVE’s Stop and Think, a social skills program. My ears perked up. Generally, I’m suspicious about programs and their effectiveness. So much is … Continue reading

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