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Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People

Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People

We've all been there. It's an infamous juggle between what is right and what should be, or better yet what we know we should do for our students and what is supposed to match the status quo. It often takes years to...
Author: Jonathan Minton
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Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

Major and Minor Characters in the Story of School

5 Tips to Support Students and Staff in the Grand Narrative

Homework vs. no homework. Soft skills vs. hard skills. Chunky vs. smooth peanut butter. BYOD vs. low tech. Axe body spray vs. breathing normally. Ugh. I typically avoid writing or speaking about binary relationships...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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If You Take a  Mouse to School…

If You Take a Mouse to School…

Implementing Disney principles in middle schools.

From theme parks to movies, the Walt Disney Company is world-renowned for the high caliber of its customer experience. And, while many perceive how well they do what they do to be Disney "magic," it's not magic at...
Author: Mark Mambretti
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What Can Middle Level Leaders Learn from the Student Experience?

As a central office administrator, I valued time in schools talking informally with students. One year I went to a school every Tuesday to assist with student supervision while teachers met in professional groups....
Author: Nikki Woodson
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Developing a School Vision: What Utensils Do You Use?

Many people have a misconception that administrators are the only definitive leaders in a school, and while they do hold degrees in leadership, they do not hold sole possession of the trait itself. Rather, in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Mulch in the Middle Grades!

Leadership Lessons to Help Middle Schools Blossom and Grow

It's finally spring—and time for blossoming, growing, flourishing, and mulch. That's right, mulch. For anyone unaware of the joys of mulch, mulch comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can buy it in...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

A great schedule helps both students and teachers grow and learn

Having worked as a middle school administrator and math teacher in school operations in several states and multiple schools for many years, I have seen my share of middle school schedules. As a presenter and workshop...
Author: Derek McCoy
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Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

Professional Learning through Cross-Pollination!

5 Ways to Create Buzzworthy PD

Spring is in the air. Trees are beginning to bud. Flowers are starting to blossom. And bees are doing their critical work among us, which makes me think about cross-pollination and how it connects with improving...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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Courageous Construction in the Middle Grades!

Courageous Construction in the Middle Grades!

7 Questions & Actions to Build Great Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Put your hard hats on and grab your tool belts, people. It's time to discuss construction in the critical middle grades. As a middle school and high school teacher, I always believed that learning happens as a...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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The 4 New 22nd Century Cs for Education!

The 4 New 22nd Century Cs for Education!

Are Your Students Ready for the 22nd Century?

The four new 22nd Century Cs are here everyone, so buckle up. Get your mental crockpots ready to add these ingredients to the recipe. They are fresh. They are ready. They are now. And they mean no disrespect to the...
Author: Dru Tomlin
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