All posts by Tracey Shiel

Build a Curriculum with the Greatest Impact on Student Learning – Thought Partners Educational Leadership Coaching

Build a Curriculum with the Greatest Impact on Student Learning

  “There is a ‘mountain of evidence’ (Sahm, 2017) that implementing a coherent, content-rich curriculum may be the most foundationalelement of effective schooling and has the greatest impact on students learning, reading ability, and life chances.”  These are powerful words written by Mike Schmokerin the March2019 Educational Leadership publication. In this article and his second […]

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How Principals Can Focus on Learning and Not Performance | Thought Partners Educational Leadership Coaching

How Principals Can Focus on Learning and Not Performance (10 Steps to Change the Narrative)

With the 2019 School Year coming to a close, school leaders have a great opportunity to start planning for a focus on learning in the coming school year. With so many ever-changing challenges faced by schools and districts on a daily basis, it’s more important than ever to focus on learning rather than performance. Today’s […]

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The Power of Positive Student-Teacher Relationships – Thought Partners Educational Leadership Coaching

The Power of Positive Student-Teacher Relationships

In January of 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMS), a 7-12 school, and I left impressed and motivated. There were few things that stood out to me. First, the students learning, social, and emotional well-being a core focus of the school and it was evident in […]

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Strategic Resourcing and How it Will Improve Student Learning

Strategic Resourcing and How it Will Improve Student Learning

How you use your resources is more important than how much you have. There has not been a tremendous amount of research on leadership practices and their impact on student achievement. Viviane Robinson is best known for her research that revealed the five leadership practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement. I shared […]

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How to Change Your Lens when Evaluating Teachers

How to Change Your Lens when Evaluating Teachers

Early this spring, I listened to a webinar presented by Professor John Hattie titled 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success. Through his research, he discovered that for the most part, everything works. Just by having a pulse you learn. The critical question he posed was “What works best?” to influence student achievement. His […]

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How Collective Teacher Efficacy Impacts Student Achievement

How Collective Teacher Efficacy Impacts Student Achievement

As a result of the expanding field of educational research, we now know more than ever about what does and does not influence student learning and achievement. And, because Dr. John Hattie wanted not only to know what works and doesn’t work, but what works BEST, we have an answer! As I write this, Collective […]

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Professional Development as an Instructional Leader

Professional Development as an Instructional Leader: All for One and One for All! 

As a presenter, there have been a number of times where the principal introduces me, and stays for 15 minutes before heading back to the office. He or she might show up to check in before lunch or may never come back because their office paperwork calls. I have also presented in situations in which all the administrators, […]

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How Professional Development for Teachers Will Help Students Excel

How Professional Development for Teachers Will Help Students Excel

Never Stop Learning! This should be the new mantra for teachers. Professional development for teachers has entered a new phase as a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and ongoing research on effective professional development. And it’s time to take notice. ESSA defines professional development in which “activities are sustained (not stand-alone, 1-day, […]

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High school student working on paper – performance tasks and learning

Performance Tasks Bring Learning to Life

If you are trying to create a balanced assessment system with a combination of formative and summative assessments, don’t dismiss the use of performance tasks. Performance tasks could be considered the “jack of all trades.” They can be used as learning experiences, formative assessments, or as summative assessments and performance tasks can enhance student learning […]

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How to Focus on Student Learning in Your Classroom

How to Focus on Student Learning in Your Classroom

In the fall of 2016 my book Designing and Using Performance Tasks was published. It had been a big undertaking for me with a number of struggles along the way. However, once it was published, I was proud of what I had accomplished. I had a number of “aha” moments as a result of the tremendous […]

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