Category Archives for School and District Improvement

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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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 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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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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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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Five Reasons I’m excited about the new Thought Partners Website

Not too long ago, I decided it was time for a change in the form of a complete redesign of the Thought Partners brand and website. Why the change? I wanted a new brand image and copy crafted to clearly and effectively convey my mission… To enhance the leadership knowledge and skills of school leaders […]

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Be an instructional leader, focus on student learning

When it comes to student learning, leadership matters. In fact, leadership is only second in line behind classroom instruction among aspects that play a part in what students learn at school. Twenty-five percent of effects at a school are a result of leadership. However, some leaders are more effective than others. Some effective leaders can […]

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Shooting for the Stars with School and District Improvement

Shooting for the Stars with School and District Improvement

Even if you are the leader of a high-performing school or district, you are still going to be creating a strategic plan at the district level or a school improvement plan at the building level that is aligned with achieving the district strategic plan. Creating an improvement plan does not mean that your district or school is broken. […]

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