Change Starts With Us

Guest post by Jamie Richardson A few years ago, I found myself trying to convince my son that he needed to “play the game” of school and figure out how to rack up as many “points” as possible in order to succeed. As these “encouraging” words came from my mouth, I stopped and asked myself, […]

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Tips for Building Meaningful Connections With Students

Guest post by Kelly Parker South Meadow School (SMS) in Peterborough, NH is guided by our vision: “A caring, cooperative, and respectful community of learners.” We are a family and work hard to instill values that will help students realize this vision by providing the support they need to be successful. One of the most […]

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The Happiness Advantage: Promoting Positivity in Schools

Guest post by Bart Peery In January 2014, while shopping in our local Walmart, I received a voice mail from the county sheriff’s office. Assuming that it had to do with our school, I went to the school to call them back. When I returned the call, my life was forever changed. The officer told […]

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What’s in Your School Leadership Playbook?

Guest post by Burke Davis As an avid sports fan and longtime coach, I have learned a lot of lessons from the world of sports, such as the importance of commitment, hard work, and culture. Coaches like Urban Meyer, Jay Wright, Tony Dungy, and Vince Lombardi inspire me to do my best and show me […]

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Student Voice: The Most Important Sound in the School

Guest post by Bobby Bennett In 2012, I became principal of my alma mater—only the second alumnus since the 1890s to have such an opportunity. No pressure! Eager to begin the work of serving my community and school improvement, I held a series of meetings with staff and the school community over the course of […]

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Building Community and Literacy: One Book, One School Program

Guest post by Maureen Doyle Kemmett Compelled to increase literacy skills in students and build a stronger school culture, our leadership team at Furnace Brook Middle School (FBMS) in Marshfield, MA, initiated a One Book, One School (OBOS) program in 2013. After spending the better part of a school year forming a literacy committee, researching […]

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Creativity and Innovation in Secondary Education

Guest post by Brian Pickering What can secondary schools do to build a learning environment that fosters creativity and innovation? Seven years ago, the leadership team at Contoocook Valley Regional High School, or ConVal, set off on a mission to answer this question. The goal was to guarantee all students the opportunity for academic and […]

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Redefining the High School Experience: A Trauma-Informed Approach

Guest post by Deborah Moya What makes ABQ Charter Academy (ABQCA) different from any traditional high school or charter school? I believe our mission statement says it all: “The mission of ABQ Charter Academy is to redefine the high school experience.” Many of our scholars have had very negative experiences in traditional high schools. They […]

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5 Ways to Create a Supportive School Community

Guest post by Nathan Boyd One of the most important lessons I have learned as a school principal is that children need to be in a relaxed state of mind in order to perform at their full potential. If students’ physical and emotional needs are not being met, their minds will not be ready to […]

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