Start Leading Professional Development the Way You Want Students to Learn #HackingEarlyLearning Listen Just like learning our classrooms, learning in the staff lounge has to look different. Each one of us comes in with different passions, different skill sets and amazing ideas about how best we can continue to serve our students. Finding ways … Continue reading Encouraging creativity, risk-taking, and innovating professional development. #HackingEarlyLearning
Change The conversation With Parents #HackingEarlyLearning Listen When we frame interactions with families coming from a place of building opportunities to learn from their child’s first teacher we can start having a meaningful conversation with parents. Finding time to build those relationships requires creativity, effort and time to engage with parents in any way … Continue reading Cultivating strong relationships with all stakeholders. #HackingEarlyLearning
Invite Yourself Out and Invite Others In #HackingEarlyLearning #HackSeven Listen When we are working together, PreK and K-12, in authentic ways-communication, collaboration and high expectations for all students becomes the real focus of everyone’s work. Finding ways to work and learn together and less in isolation from the each other is critical to ensure … Continue reading Creating coherence between the worlds of early ed and K-12. #HackingEarlyLearning
Please Put Play Back In the School Day. #HackingEarlyLearning It really is as simple as that. Leaders take the time to listen, learn and then lead in this essential component of a student’s school day. The research is available, play is integral in developing skills in all students. Many teachers are ready to go with … Continue reading Innovating, aligning, and providing time for play and learning. #HackingEarlyLearning
Creativity, Computational Thinking, and Coding. Can all three of these things work together to enhance our student’s learning experiences and allow more authentic voice in classroom learning? Yes. What we call toys-students call the tools to their futures. #HackingEarlyLearning Listen When we stop worrying about all the things technology couldn’t do for us-we can start … Continue reading Find Your Technology Focus. #HackingEarlyLearning
More and more Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a conversation coming up in kindergarten, and every other grade. Continuing these conversations and looking at the whole child is important in ensuring we are creating environments for success. Love them first, then help them learn. #HackingEarlyLearning Listen Learning the hidden and visible rules of your … Continue reading Incorporating Social Emotional Learning as a Core Curriculum.
Have you ever felt like the work is too hard, the feedback too tough and the responsibilities for leading a school, a department or a school district more than you can handle? Maybe it was a situation with a student and parent, a season with a staff member, or a new position you have taken. … Continue reading Asking for a Friend…..Self-Care for School Administrators.
So here is a funny story. I became a principal of an kindergarten center and had no idea what or how to use Pinterest, seriously. Initially I took some time to look into this platform as a way to collaborate and gain ideas from others. Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest and Social Media have a great … Continue reading Using ABC’s, 123’s and PLC’s.
Leadership doesn’t need to look like someone sitting in their office, nor does it mean you have to have a title to lead. Visible leadership requires a level of authenticity and confidence in who you are and how you lead in life and work everyday. Find opportunities to take the reins on teaching in big … Continue reading Becoming the Visible Leader Your School Needs