A Reminder to Coaches: Don’t Forget Where You Came From

When was the last time you lesson planned? I don’t mean when was the last time you collaborated on a lesson, or helped someone else lesson plan. I mean: when was the last time that you sat down and from start to finish wrote a sequence of lessons that spanned over multiple days? And I…

#500c Challenge

The 500 classroom challenge is a challenge presented by @eduleadership via The Principal Center (#500c challenge). What sparked my interest in the challenge is the emphasis placed on being visible in classrooms during the day as an instructional leader. Now, this challenge is typically for Principals as they are the ones most burdened by administrative/managerial…

3 Ways to Emphasize Empathy & Community During the First Weeks of School

Effective leadership is all about people – but not just ‘big’ people! Our ‘little’ people (aka our students!) not only need their teacher leaders to model empathy and community, but they also need to be offered opportunities to build these skills for themselves. Below are a few of my time-tested suggestions to build a strong…

Getting Started as a New Instructional Leader

It’s about that time! Soon your classrooms will be abuzz with excitement as a new school year begins. Maybe this is your first year as an instructional coach/team leader/department chair, or maybe you have a couple seasons under your belt. Regardless, this is an opportune time for you to start fresh and set yourself up…