We expect the work we do in the teacher observation and evaluation process to produce results—namely, better teaching and improved learning. Too often, though, it doesn’t. We invest hundreds of hours of work for no discernible impact on student learning. And in many cases, the vast majority of teachers continue to be evaluated as “meets […] .
Leadership isn’t much fun if no one is following you. Yet that’s where we almost all start. A reader asks: How can I manage professional interactions with those who may not have respect for me or take me seriously? If you’re new to a school, in a new role in your school, or simply different […] .
If we want to achieve results for students, it’s no secret that focus is essential. Schools that chase too many rabbits—to paraphrase the old saying—often catch none of them. To achieve sustained excellence, schools must have a clear vision, and pursue it single-mindedly (while also keeping everything else under control). And if you want to […] .