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Transformation Lessons: Home Improvement

Have you ever totally transformed a space in your home or classroom? Have you successfully transformed a school culture? What did it take to accomplish the transformation? Today we will explore the stages in transformations. Each stage is critical to the larger picture. Background A few months ago I transformed a room in my basement into a home […]
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21 Days of Heart Centered Actions for Educators

Update: Registration is now closed. Educators lead very busy lives. Our TO DO list grows each day. Lessons to plan. Data to analyze. New techniques to study. Students to inspire. Families and communities to communicate with. And the list goes on. When we aren’t living our “school lives” we may be caring for family, friends, pets […]
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Together We Are Stronger

Every Wednesday evening from 9-10pm (Central Standard Time) educators from around the globe interested in instructional coaching join together to learn from each other and grow stronger together! It is an hour of inspiration and motivation as we continually refine our craft in the area of instructional coaching. The chat celebrated its 4 year anniversary in July (and […]
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Blogging To Enhance Your Professional Practice

This post is a guest post I wrote for ASCD Inservice during Connected Educator Month 2015. The original post can be found here.  Writing has long been a way to reflect. People have kept journals and diaries kept for centuries. Some have become published works of art, while others are simple records of individuals’ thoughts. […]
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My Goal is for YOU to SHINE!

“Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”  – Atul Gawande How do you become your personal best? Dr. Atul Gawande found that coaching was the key. You can read his thoughts on how coaching changed his performance as a brain surgeon in the New Yorker article Personal Best: Top athletes […]
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The Marshmallow Challenge

Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer Put a room for of adults into small groups and  give each group 10 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, 1 marshmallow, a set of guidelines and 18 minutes and what do you get? TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, TRIAL and ERROR, THOUGHTFUL DIALOGUE, and FUN! The Marshmallow Challenge was recently […]
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Get Ready for the #educoach Blog Challenge

  Note: This blog challenge ran in the month of October 2015. Participants like the challenge so much that they wanted to make it permanent. You can find more details about the current challenge here. I have been co-moderating the #educoach chat for the past for years with Jessica Johnson and Shira Leibowitz. Our chat can […]
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#educoach is now on REMIND

The #educoach hashtag has been used by instructional coaches around the world for the past 4 years! We chat each Wednesday at 9pm CST on Twitter and use the hashtag throughout the week to share resources, ask questions and collaborate with instructional coaches. If you haven’t joined us, I hope you will look for us […]
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A New Administrator’s Journey

Back-to-school supplies are starting to line the shelves. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers have goals swimming around in their heads, even while they’re still enjoying their summer breaks. Educators new to positions have many questions as well. How will I build relationships with new staff and students? How will I monitor my impact? How will […]
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#EduCoach Turns 4

Four years ago a single tweet changed everything! As an instructional coach I was looking for others in similar positions to add to my Twitter PLN. I had witnessed first hand the power of Twitter and the various Twitter Chats that were populating the landscape. Yet, I had not found one specific for instructional coaches. […]