How To Best Teach the Standards

The introduction of College and Career Ready Standards (CRS) has really complicated things — especially with curriculum in schools across the country. Many districts have decided to deal with the changes in silos, but that’s not the best method. Instead of putting...

Five Steps to Create Sustainable Change

Leaders in every industry are constantly facing important decisions when implementing change.  However, many leaders’ attempts to implement change either fall short of the intended goal or only demonstrate flashes of short-lived success.  A strategic approach is...

Five Steps to Create Sustainable Change

 Scott Neil, PhD October 28, 2015 Leaders in every industry are constantly facing important decisions when implementing change. However, many leaders’ attempts to implement change either fall short of the intended goal or only demonstrate flashes of short-lived...

A Tiered Approach Utilizing School and District Staff

 Image credit: Edutopia Getting teachers “up and running” at the beginning of the school year in terms of classroom management is critical to the behavior and academic success of students.  The first few weeks can make or break the school year.  This is particularly...

Some Talks on “Grit” are Simply Abrasive

I have read recent posts where the well-meaning authors suggest that "neophyte teachers" need to be "grittier" and essentially refrain from being "quitters".  That might raise an "Oorah" (that's the marine battle cry) from some, but I personally found it abrasive and...

Tips for Function Based Discipline in Schools

One of the most common problems we’ve noticed for good teachers who struggle with managing misbehavior is a lack of consistency with delivery of diverse consequences with consideration for the function (purpose) when applying a corrective procedure. Teachers typically...