Joli Barker—The Fearless Classroom: A Practical Guide to Experiential Learning Environments

Joli Barker joins Justin Baeder to discuss her book The Fearless Classroom: A Practical Guide to Experiential Learning Environments.

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About Joli Barker

Joli Barker is an elementary teacher in Texas. She is Microsoft in Education Master Educator and Global Forum winner. She was the 2013 Texas Computer Education Association's Classroom Teacher of the Year as the TCEA 2013 Classroom Teacher of the Year. She is also one of The National School Board Association's 2014 "20 to Watch" in education. She has a popular blog, The Fearless Classroom, and also does consulting work in schools.

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James Alan Sturtevant—You’ve Gotta Connect

James Alan Sturtevant joins Justin Baeder to discuss his book You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships that Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement.

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About James Alan Sturtevant

Jim Sturtevant teaches high school social studies and economics in Galena, Ohio. He holds a BA in history and Political Science from Muskingum University, and an MA in history from the Ohio State University.

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Whose Mentorship Are You Thankful For?

How did you get to where you are today? I became an administrator at a very young age. It wasn’t because I had any special skill set (that comes with experience), but because I had great opportunities. I’m profoundly thankful for these opportunities, and especially for the mentorship that I received. Mentorship is both an […]

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“My main role as the principal will be an instructional and servant leader”

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Formative assessment is of those instructional practices that everyone knows about, but that very few schools do well across the board. As instructional leaders, what’s our responsibility? What we can do that will make the greatest difference? For starters, we can make sure that our staff get high-quality professional development on formative assessment. In too […]

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November #ilchal Twitter Chat: Maintaining a Focus On Learning Around The Holidays

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High Performance Email Workflow—Free Webinar Wednesday, November 19

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ToDoist Workflow

This video explains why ToDoist (or whichever digital task management app you choose) should be THE place you keep track of ALL of your work, and exactly how you can set it up to meet the demands of your job. Please enjoy this video as a free sample from our premium series Going Digital, part […]

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The High Performance Triangle

If you go to just about any education conference—and I go to a lot of them—you’ll see session descriptions packed with strategy. Everyone wants to know the best approach to each particular problem we face in education, and it’s this desire that sells millions of books every year. As educational leaders, we love strategy. But […]

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#PAESSPChat Highlights from November 13, 2014

I was honored to moderate the Twitter chat of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals tonight. Host @DrBillZiegler brought a great group of leaders together! Our questions: More than anything else, what does instructional leadership mean to you? How is instructional leadership “stretched over” or distributed across your staff?  What are you […]

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