Empowering our students with the skills necessary to overcome adversity is crucial to their success, not just in school, but for the rest of their lives. Too often students quit playing a sport, give up on a difficult assignment, or drop out of school because it is just […]
You may be able to close your eyes and remember your first day of high school. Can you remember the bus ride, the smell of the hallway, your homeroom teacher? If we allow yourself, you may be able to feel that knot in your stomach that you felt […]
According to Evie Reid (Education Week, June 2017), “Students pick up signals from their schools and peers about whether or not they belong, perceptions that can affect their success both inside and outside the classroom.” As a classroom teacher, I observed many students every year that struggled with […]
In my free time, I love to read. Usually, I finish multiple fiction and non-fiction books a year. But like other school administrators, my free time during the school year is extremely limited. While I do not get to read as much during the school year as I […]
Stop, drop, and roll is a strategy taught to children to use if their clothing catches fire. It is an important safety technique designed to protect children from being badly burned. Better than reactive “stop, drop, and roll”, we try to proactively keep children away from things that […]
A couple of years ago, I trained religiously for what was going to be my first triathlon. Somehow, I was pressured into registering for a race that consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, a crazy proposition since I am not a […]
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What is that one thing you can focus on in your school that will improve student achievement, school safety, staff and student attendance, student engagement, staff morale, decrease discipline, and increase graduation rate all at the same time? If you said, school culture, you are right! It isn’t […]