I will never forget the moment my superintendent, Dr. Kathy Stewart, told the Executive Cabinet at the Saginaw Intermediate School District that she had once again raised her hand to volunteer us for an opportunity. The opportunity was to partner with the Michigan Department of Education on something called a Transformation Zone. We then joked... Read more
Action-packed adventures with our favorite superheroes teach us some of the best life lessons. Imagine you are a superhero, and your superpower is implementation. You have superhuman vision that activates your ability to co-learn. Armed with this powerful mindset, you are able to quickly absorb new information and activate the strengths and... Read more
You’ve heard the saying.
“An hour of planning can save you ten hours of doing.” (Dale Carnegie)
We know the value of intentional action planning and bold decision-making. However, in a time when more demands than ever are placed on schools and districts, it is easy (and often... Read more
It is January, and you know what that means. Bring on the resolutions, goal setting, vision boards, and self-improvement apps. Who doesn’t love a fresh start or the idea of improving?
However,... Read more
Teamwork makes the dream work!
There is no “I” in team.
Team means Together Everyone Achieves More.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller
When teachers are viewed as leaders and co-creators of the needed support systems to use non-evaluative classroom observation data to strengthen instructional practice, the result is a commitment to and ownership of a scalable and sustainable process (Ryan Jackson, Bailey, Dilts-Pollack, Williams, & Waldroup, 2021; Hattie & Zierer, 2017... Read more
The reality is around 70 percent of organizational change efforts do not achieve their intended outcomes.1 Failing to achieve outcomes can often be chalked up to one of two reasons. Implementation failure involves a lack of buy-in, adequate implementation supports, or ability to implement the program as intended... Read more