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The F.A.C.E. of Newsletters

Newsletters are often found in the school setting. Principals and instructional coaches use them to communicate with faculty members. Teachers use them to communicate with families. District offices used them to communicate with staff and stakeholders. During a recent instructional coaching training I facilitated I shared examples of the newsletter format I used as a coach. […]
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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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Instructional Coaching: Lessons from Coach Hoiberg

The Slice of Life Challenge comes right at the height of the basketball season. The Big 12 Championship game is in the books. And, yes, my beloved CYCLONES took the title! Today I re-watched highlights and celebrations as well as read a few articles about the game, the win, and the Iowa State team in […]
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Educators Construct Learning

Professional learning opportunities for educators should mirror what we want to see in the classroom. A 21st century learning environment has multiple opportunities for students to connect, communicate, collaborate and construct learning with others, both within the classroom setting and the world beyond. Yet, too often, educators are asked to sit through passive learning opportunities. […]
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Spring Ahead

Today was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and warmth spread across Iowa. It was welcome relief from the frigid winter we have experienced this year. Yet, hundreds of educators spent the day inside immersed in collaborative, self-directed learning. History was made. Tweets were flying – and luckily we did not break Twitter! The […]
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Knowng vs. Doing Gap

To begin I feel I must submit a disclaimer to this post. I have read a few blog posts on the Knowing – Doing Gap and I am aware of the book by this same title by Jeffry Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton yet, the thoughts in this post are my own and are based […]
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Making an UNMISTAKABLE IMPACT

Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate with others that are interested in Instructional Leadership and Instructional Coaching? The #educoach Twitter chat that meets each Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM CST is currently reading and discussing the book Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction by Jim Knight. Dr. Knight joins the chat […]
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Instructional Coaching is like an Oreo Cookie

I have been trying to develop a short and simple way to describe the coaching process to the educators at the new schools I will be joining this year. An Oreo Cookie popped into my head – probably because I’ve been trying to stay away from sweets lately! I learned early on in my career […]
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The Little Things MATTER – Believe in Each Other!

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” -Patricia Neal Have you checked out the newspaper inserts or the aisles at your local store? Who can miss the school supplies. They are everywhere. I’m a school supply geek. I love wandering the aisles looking for the […]
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Attention: Instructional Coaches

Instructional Coaching programs are usually initiated because a school/district/or outside agency has a DREAM or vision to add instructional coaching positions as a support system for the educators in the building. Coaching can be somewhat of an isolated position, especially if there are minimal coaches at a school. Collaboration among coaches is just as important […]