Category Archives: Instructional Leadership

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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Find Your “One Thing”

The end of the school year brings a mixture of emotions for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Focusing on the myriad of items on the “to do” list can send everyone into a tailspin of anxiety. What are the most important things … Continue reading

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Como Park Elementary’s Elements of Success: 90-90-90 Goal, and Keeping Students at the Center with Equity Work

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”  ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti The 90-90-90 goal, based on Doug Reeves’ (2003) … Continue reading

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Seeing Students’ Strengths & Supporting Success

How many of us have struggled with starting and/or completing a project because we question whether we have the “smarts” and strengths to do it? I know I have. I wasn’t a great math student all the way through school. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Creativity, Grit, and Initiative: How to Foster 21st Century Competencies

As Elementary Principals we are at the center of the action for student learning. In our role as building learning leaders we have both the agility and generosity of spirit to connect and collaborate with students, teachers, staff, parents, community, … Continue reading

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E.P.I.C Math

I have no problem admitting that I was never good at math. In elementary I was the last one to pass my multiplication facts. I developed an extremely high anxiety in math when I was in middle school because I … Continue reading

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Addressing Student Achievement Gaps In Sub Cells

Rigor and student engagement are two key components of education that continue to be identified as significant factors in addressing the achievement gap. Dr. Robert Marzano, executive director of the Learning Science Marzano Center for Teacher and Leader Evaluation, shares … Continue reading

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