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"There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong." - H.L. Mencken

Jim Knight’s tips for getting out of the Zero Learning Zone

This month’s issue of Educational Leadership from ASCD has a thoughtful piece from Dr. Jim Knight of the Instructional Coaching Group. In it, Dr. Knight explores the Zero Learning Zone that many teachers find themselves in when they begin to put up blocks to...
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Alisa Simeral On-Demand Webinar

Alisa Simeral has strategies, practices, and conversation stems to help you build a culture of self-reflection on your team. Reflective practices are not all created equal. It’s quite possible to engage in reflective practice and walk away no different than you were...
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The mismatched shoes: Coaching Conversations that don’t Compromise

Let’s begin with a story about a husband and wife who are getting ready to go out to dinner. As the pair get’s dressed, the man begins to put on his black dress shoes. The wife interrupts him, “why don’t you put on your brown shoes?” “Because I want to wear my black...
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Jeff Bezos to School Leaders: Rethink the Way You Motivate Teams

Jeff Bezos to School Leaders: Rethink the Way You Motivate Teams
In a recent blog post Justin Baeder from the Principal’s Center explored the Amazon.com Annual Letter to Shareholders. Justin did the hard work of reading the full letter (which can be a little tedious unless you really like corporate filings), and he found one key...
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Does Instructional Coaching Have an Impact?

Districts around the country are trying to measure the impact of instructional coaching on teacher effectiveness and student performance. While the correlation between teacher quality and student outcomes has long been proven, there have been few studies which...
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