Category Archives: School Culture

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

by Chris Bjerklie (@ChrisBjerklie), Principal, J.A. Hughes Elementary School Each May I find myself reflecting on the current school year and wondering if J.A. Hughes Elementary School made a difference in the lives of our students. Did we better our … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Dreams be Dreams

by Tom Benson, Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School, instagram.com/Tombenson777/ Dear Friends, As you may know, I am out sailing for a year on Faith Afloat, my Catalina 350 sailboat, with my two boys Luke, 12, and Liam, 16. But many … Continue reading

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Trust Your Wisdom (and Play to Your Strengths)

by Jake Donze, Plainview-Elgin-Millville PreK-3 Principal, @PrincipalDonze Last week I attended ‘open gym’ at one of our school buildings to play some basketball. I expected to find a bunch of middle-aged people like myself who wanted an evening of gentle … Continue reading

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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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