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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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The Ripple Effect

As an educator, I am drawn to movies that depict teachers and other aspects of education. Often the plot is highly predictable, but each uniquely inspirational. The teacher in the movie learns to believe in a student or group of students who often do not believe in themselves. The teacher tries everything in his/her power […]
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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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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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Twitter Chats … FIND THE MAGIC!

It is such an honor to be co-hosting the February 12, 2015 #ILAchat with Elena Aguilar and to LEARN and GROW with coaches all around the globe! I hope you join us at 7:00pm CST! Back in 2011 I was an Instructional Coach looking to connect with other coaches in order to grow my own skills. […]
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A Dream Becomes Reality

What is that one thing you dream of doing? What is that one goal you are striving to reach? Can you imagine the feeling you will have when your dreams become a reality? What will it look like? Feel like? Sound like? Today, an article in the Iowa State Daily caused me to reflect on […]
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There is No I in Team

You have probably heard the phrase There is no I in Team. We’ve seen examples of teamwork throughout our careers and life. Teamwork where no one wants or expects the credit when the team succeeds. Teamwork that supports each other in defeat. March Madness is the yearly lens on teamwork. College basketball teams all over the […]
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3-2-1 … World Down Syndrome Day

I have only met you a few times in person, But I feel like I know you. I see your parents’ Facebook posts. The pictures The videos The fun I see the beautiful support system you have. Mom and Dad Brothers Sister Grandparents Aunts Uncles Cousins Friends All love you! Your laughter makes me smile. […]
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You Can Only Get It Right Here

I had a beautiful start to my Sunday morning at the ASCD Conference. I had the opportunity to be inspired. There is no greater feeling that hearing passionate educators tell their school’s journey to discovering what works for their students! I have been fortunate to hear many schools’ stories at this year’s ASCD conference, but […]
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You Never Truly Know Your Reach

Today was the first day of the ASCD Conference. At a conference this size, there are so many opportunities – sometimes too many. My conference menu consisted two key-note sessions. One with Daniel Pink and the other with Sir Ken Robinson. I attended break out sessions on Leadership Coaching, a session where a school districts […]