Category Archives: School Culture

Fork in the Road: A Symbol for the School Year

Emotions are the gateway to learning for our students as well as for our staff. How can we tap into that as we start the year? As we know, our first interactions with staff during August workshop week are important … Continue reading

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10 Quick Tips For A Great Year

Welcome to the 17-18 School Year! I hope you had a great summer and are ready to work with students and staff once again.  As you can tell, I didn’t win the Powerball, so I too am hard at work. … 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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How Play Powers Social and Emotional Learning

In July 2015, the American Journal of Public Health published the results of a study that found children’s social and emotional skills in kindergarten are associated with long-term success. The longitudinal study rated kindergarteners’ chances of success in young adulthood based on … Continue reading

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Top 20 Thinking – Pursue the Positive!

Have you heard about Top 20? Are you creating habits that “Pursue the Positive”? Fairmont Area Schools have been working hard to connect the schools and community together to build a positive culture for students, parents, and community members. We … Continue reading

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RPM is Here for You

Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM) are your colleagues who have retired from their principalships and remain active, engaged members of MESPA. “MESPA was there for us before we retired and now RPM members want to be there for MESPA.” Many … Continue reading

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Creating a Culture for Behavioral Skills Instruction – Increasing Teacher Efficacy and Student Engagement through a Problem Solving Process

Teachers are quick to respond that one of the biggest challenges they face today in the classroom is when “behaviors get in the way of their teaching.” These behavioral challenges seem easily categorized as respect issues, responsibility issues, and organizational … Continue reading

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