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Initiative Fatigue

May 12, 2017

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So Exhausted - One More Thing?

“Really?!? Another thing? We are barely started with the last thing and the thing before that.  I can’t even remember the main focus of the thing from last month.  Is this one going to stick or is it going to be soon forgotten like last year’s thing?  How can we have 50 things that we […]

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Confidentiality

April 27, 2017

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I talked with a group of teachers about two tough confidentiality issues this week.  One involved a teacher who shared a story with her neighbor about a rough student.  She included names and identifying details.  The neighbor then shared the story on Facebook.  It quickly turned into quite a disaster.  The other issue involved an […]

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Racial Bias in Parent Communication

March 20, 2017

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Racial Bias

Several months ago I completed a quick online test from Project Complicit that was designed to measure implicit stereotyping and biases. The process was really thought provoking and it lead to several good conversations with colleagues about how we interact with students.  One thing that I hadn’t considered at the time was how dramatically an educator’s […]

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Cultural Mindfulness

March 4, 2017

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Cultural Mindfulness

In a Forbes article from 2015 called Why You Need Cultural Intelligence, folks from the IESE Business School explain the concept of cultural intelligence as a sort of x-factor that has the potential to “drive up innovation and creativity” as it allows someone to integrate different perspectives across cultural barriers.  They talk about the immense […]

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The Engagement Continuum

February 25, 2017

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Engagement Continuum

The focus this week has been on engaging parents and families.  Part of the conversation that has been sticking with me is the distinction between parent participation, parent involvement and parent engagement.  When you think about the words participation, involvement, and engagement as they relate to relationships, they have a very different connotation.  I don’t […]

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