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Executive Functioning in Early Childhood

At conferences and talks, many early childhood educators are interested in information about executive functioning in children. Recent brain research is demonstrating that the skills and abilities of executive functioning are essential to academic success and effectiveness in the workplace. … Continue reading

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2 Minutes to Better Relationships with Your Most At-Risk Students

There is much pride in the role of being an elementary school principal. There are many different hats to wear throughout the day and many different kinds of people to work with. One of my favorite aspects of the job … Continue reading

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Future Ready Leaders

Four Essentials of Future Ready Leaders This is the statistic that disrupted my thinking as an elementary principal: 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. Today’s … Continue reading

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Does Your Building Culture Promote Equity Education?

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a phrase coined by Peter Drucker and made more famous by Ford president, Mark Fields. Likely all of us in education resonate with that phrase and concept to varying degrees, and I assume everyone … Continue reading

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Minnesota Humanities Center Conference

Blog Post paid for by the Minnesota Humanities Center The Minnesota Humanities Center is taking applications for the Educator Institute, held in St. Paul the week of June 25–30. Administrators, please encourage a team from your building to attend this … Continue reading

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The Attitude of The Leader

post by Baruti Kafele For the 14 years that I served as an urban principal in New Jersey, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the notion that the achievement gap was my primary issue. Although it existed and it was … Continue reading

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Grading for Learning: A Standards-Based Grading Journey

I was once asked what the purpose of school is. What a great question! To be honest I had to really think about the answer, surprised that such a simplistic question could cause me to pause. Schools nurture, inspire, educate; … Continue reading

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