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“Carry On” Book Giveaway

Who has motivated you to keep going when life gets hard? Enter our Facebook contest telling us the person in your life who inspires you to continue moving forward through the good and bad and you could BOTH win Lisa Fenn’s book Carry On! Contest ends December 31, 2016. REQUIREMENTS: LIKE the Facebook contest post. read more

Newly Released Book, The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success : 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness, Prepares Students for the Future

This is a guest post written by Blake and Bo Nemelka, coauthors of the newly released book The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success: 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness. When you walk into a bookstore looking for that “perfect gift” for a young student who is going places, what do you think read more

Embracing 3rd Alternatives

This is post written by Betsy Wierda, Educational Coach and consultant at FranklinCovey, and Edie Jarrell, principal and Learning Leader at Wards Creek Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida. Embracing 3rd Alternatives in the Schoolhouse Stephen R. Covey, in his renowned book The 3rd Alternative (2011), tells us that 3rd Alternatives are a breakthrough approach read more

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

The Role of Genuine Listening in Communication

Formative assessments are gaining a lot of traction, and for good reason. However, according to a recent Educational Leadership article by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey, unless we teach students how to listen, they will not have the skills to benefit from our feedback. I couldn’t agree more. Listening is an essential communication read more

Professional Development: Tips for Effective Book Studies

Book studies are a very popular means of professional development and usually include a formal set of review questions or topics for discussion. Sometimes the thought of doing a formal book study with your staff can seem like an extra task, but you still want to reap the benefits of the discussion, learning, and collaboration read more

Partner With Students to Empower Education Ownership

On a recent flight, I finished Partnering With Students: Building Ownership of Learning by Mary Jane O’Connell and Kara Vandas (2015). The book includes several points that relate to the paradigms and principles of The Leader in Me: Every student has talents and strengths, and as educators, it is our role to help students discover read more

Working with Parents: Building Relationships for Student Success

I recently read Working With Parents: Building Relationships for Student Success by Ruby Payne. In the book, Ms. Payne states: “There is no correlation between the physical presence of parents at school and student achievement. The correlation is between student achievement and parental involvement. So getting parents to physically come to the school is not a read more