Make Implementation the First Thought, not an Afterthought

My mom was an educator for her entire career, trained and worked as an elementary and special education teacher. She had the privilege at the end of her career to be part of a school recognized three times as a National Blue Ribbon School. The school, in Southern Delaware, had over 70% Hispanic and low-income students, as well as a …

Is there a benefit to getting “OLD”?

During the Covid lockdown, something happened. I got lots of grey hair and gained weight. As I claw my way back to a healthier weight (and embrace the grey), I’ve found humor a helpful tool. Recently, I’ve been working with many of my partners to support the onboarding and development of their teams, both managers and individual contributors. These are …

Where is your room to improve?

There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business. – Oscar De La Hoya Whether you are new in your role or an expert, there is always room to improve. The question is “where should we invest time and resources to get the best improvement and results for our students?” The answer to this …

How do I know what works?

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. – Zoa Neale Hurston How do most people learn about and identify a new strategy or approach? You guessed it, by referral through personal networks. While this is a reliable method (depending on the size of your network), there is a better way. Just like using Angie’s List …

Pick a narrow set of priorities (or just one)!

“Focusing is about saying no.” -Steve Jobs The MetLife Middle School Principal of the year in 2013 spent eight years turning around her Title I school in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with historically low performance. Principal Barron knew that she needed to make some major changes, but she wasn’t sure where to start.  She recognized that she needed to …