“Saying thank you increases happiness, improves relationships, and even lowers your blood pressure and strengthens your heart.” Robert Emmons, University of California, Davis
[Edmentum Podcast] Episode 2: Using Empathy to Increase Academic Engagement
On this month’s podcast, I sit down with Liz Gallo, the founder of WhyMaker. WhyMaker helps schools implement design thinking, a method that helps groups discover and develop potential solutions for complex problems.
Building Relationships and Inspiring Beyond the Classroom
You never know when or from whom you will find inspiration. Staff members at Orleans Community Schools thought they were coming into another mandatory training session. They had no idea they would see familiar faces who they had spent years trying to inspire. They also did not realize these familiar faces would be the ones doing the inspiring. Read on to see how I achieved a surprising and inspiring staff session.
[Professional Development] What’s the Difference Between Teamwork and Collaboration?
Making leadership a community-wide effort is key to building a positive school culture that supports every student. But, in order to successfully move toward this kind of leadership and professional development style, establishing a true culture of collaboration is one of the most important prerequisites.
[Professional Development] End the Isolation by Collaborating in Your Educational Community
Too often, we are too busy catching up on our additional paperwork and certification or documentation requirements to find time to work together. What if we had the time and opportunity to share our duties and lessen our load?
200 Educators Weigh In on How Administrators Impact School Culture
While you might not see it reported in school accountability reports, it’s not uncommon for teachers to leave the profession because of a negative school culture where they don’t feel supported or valued. We decided to ask our community of readers on our blog their thoughts on what their school culture currently does well and what could be improved.