What’s Your One Thing?

What’s Your One Thing?

School leadership at the start of a school year is always eventful. This year has been particularly challenging. Instead of supporting leaders virtually, I have had the honor of working in-person with several districts in three states to participate in opening year...

Let’s Make Mistakes and Spiral!

Let’s Make Mistakes and Spiral!

Now is the time. We must interrogate our belief systems that are tied to education in order to move forward and BE BETTER. But what does, “be better” really mean? Educators tend to cringe when something cannot be measured and calculated, so the simple “be better” can...

The Secret to Effective Formative Assessment

The Secret to Effective Formative Assessment

(Hint: It's the Same as Introspection) We’ve dug into the topic of formative assessment in depth over the past few months – what it is, what it isn’t, why educators avoid it and how to implement the process. Now knowing all those...

The Educational F Word

The Educational F Word

There have certainly been many f words saturated in education over the last ten months for a myriad of reasons (with due cause). But there’s an f word that was present far before the pandemic… it’s formative… as in formative assessment. What’s the reason this word...

During Remote Learning, Who’s Doing the Talking?

During Remote Learning, Who’s Doing the Talking?

Like it or not, remote learning has become a part of our lives and culture. And it’s not likely to fade away anytime soon (vaccine or not). As educators continue to navigate the remote landscape and all that it entails – which is A LOT – some of the truest and...