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Struggling to Establish Both Relationships and Accountability with Your Students? Try Using a Social Contract.

10shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Andrew McPeak Just a few weeks ago, I stood in front of almost a hundred teachers — the faculty of a mid-size high school in North Dakota. Together, we discussed methods for connecting with and leading students, and the changes that leadership in the 21st-century classroom requires. We talked…

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Why Your Students Need a Better Emotional Vocabulary

0share Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Andrew McPeak Two years ago, Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem, PA was in a lot of trouble. As one of the state’s “lowest-performing, poorest and most diverse schools” where “92 percent of children are economically disadvantaged and 87 percent are minorities,” the community around Broughal Middle was trying to…

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Navigating “Compassion Fatigue” as We Enter a New School Year

120shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Tim Elmore I met with fourteen C-suite-level leaders recently. They were from different industries, different age groups, different genders; but they all had something in common. When I asked them if leading people was more difficult today than it was when they first became leaders, each responded affirmatively.  “Absolutely!”…

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The Comeback School: How to Be Ready When Classes Begin Again

51shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Tim Elmore The news headlines were dramatic: Schools debate on whether to shut down or to stay open; students struggle with quarantine boundaries; children and teachers are expected to wear masks as infections continue to soar. Sound familiar? Did you know those headlines were from the Spanish Flu in…

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Helping Students Strike a Balance Between Inclusion and Diversity

20shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Tim Elmore Did you hear how Columbia University handled their graduation ceremonies? No, I’m not referring to mask-wearing or social distancing. I’m talking about the administration’s decision to host six separate graduation ceremonies, based on the graduates’ income level, race, ethnicities, and gender preferences. My concern has nothing to…

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How One Group of Student Leaders Found a Way to Manage Mental Health at Their School

74shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn By: Tim Elmore I recently spoke at the 2021 Cobb County Student Leadership Academy awards event. Students were present, often with their parents and teachers, to learn about leadership and be recognized for what they’d achieved beyond academics this year. Pope High School was one school that was highlighted. Student…

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