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Lighting the Wick of Learning

July 20, 2016 |

Recently I have been spending much time reflecting on the connection between school culture and the jaw-dropping achievement gap that exists in our country. Within the last few weeks, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released its 2015 report, which compares the performance of students across this nation. The startling realization is the fact read more

How to Be a Proactive Teacher and Why It Matters

July 13, 2016 |

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Think about your most recent teaching challenge. How did you handle it? Were you proactive or reactive? Did you look at all angles of the problem? How did you treat the people involved? Maybe it’s a moment of shock: We have three new students to add to your roster on Monday (and there are no read more

First Annual The Leader in Me Student Speech Contest Results

June 8, 2016 |

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Over the past three months, we have be accepting submissions of speeches from The Leader In Me students in kindergarten through eighth grade for our first annual Student Speech Contest. We have been impressed with the nearly 250 submissions we received from our outstanding young leaders, and we want to share the results of the read more

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Lighting the Wick of Learning

Recently I have been spending much time reflecting on the connection between school culture and the jaw-dropping achievement gap that exists in our country. Within the last few weeks, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released its 2015 report, which compares the performance of students across this nation. The startling realization is the fact read more

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How to Be a Proactive Teacher and Why It Matters

Think about your most recent teaching challenge. How did you handle it? Were you proactive or reactive? Did you look at all angles of the problem? How did you treat the people involved? Maybe it’s a moment of shock: We have three new students to add to your roster on Monday (and there are no read more

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The Most Important Characteristic of a Leader

Leaders possess many qualities, but what one characteristic is most important? We asked our coaches and blog contributors this question to see what they thought. They responded with the following: Vision Great leaders have vision for what they are trying to accomplish and how they will get there. A clear vision inspires, builds trust, and read more

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Classroom-Management Tool: The Four-Part Direction

This is a guest post written by Dr. Jerry Evanski, Principal of Erie Elementary School, Chippewa Valley School District, Clinton Township, MI, and Author. Many classroom-management systems or techniques rely on correcting student behavior. While this may seem obvious, there is another paradigm through which to view successful classroom management that is much more effective read more

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The Leader in Me Through the Eyes of a Fourth-Grade Teacher

This is a guest post written by Jamie Chenault, Fourth-Grade Teacher at Lakewood Elementary In Cecilia, Kentucky. You go throughout life making decisions and learning right from wrong, but what effects these decisions? Maybe you have a gut feeling or you take into consideration advice from a trusted mentor. How often do you rely on read more

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    Classroom-Management Tool: The Four-Part Direction

    This is a guest post written by Dr. Jerry Evanski, Principal of Erie Elementary School, Chippewa Valley School District, Clinton Township, MI, and Author. Many classroom-management systems or techniques rely on correcting student behavior. While this may seem obvious, there is another paradigm through which to view successful classroom management that is much more effective read more

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    How to Be a Proactive Teacher and Why It Matters

    Think about your most recent teaching challenge. How did you handle it? Were you proactive or reactive? Did you look at all angles of the problem? How did you treat the people involved? Maybe it’s a moment of shock: We have three new students to add to your roster on Monday (and there are no read more

    How Noncertified staff members impact a school's leadership culture
    How Noncertified Staff Members Impact a School’s Leadership Culture

    It was 7:30 a.m. sometime in October. Staff and students just began entering the building. Before I reached the front doors of the school, I peeked out my car window. An older gentleman dressed in navy stood at the curb opening car doors. He welcomed children with a smile and greeted each by name. The read more

    Four Empowering Questions for Student Goal Setting
    Involve Students in Goal Setting With These Four Empowering Questions

    Since student achievement is essential for success, why is the student often left out of the goal-setting process? If we expect children to hit a learning target, we must involve them in the process of creating a plan to achieve the goal and provide clear expectations. Richard DuFour, an educator for 34 years, author, and read more

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    The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

    Social-emotional skills are widely believed to be more important to effective long-term learning than IQ. Preschool and early elementary is a critical time where targeted social-emotional learning interventions can have the greatest impact on long-term outcomes. The Leader in Me process is an effective social-emotional intervention in Pre-K–12 education. The process has initial research support, read more