Category Archives: Relationships

Leading for Equity by Sharing Our Stories

I just returned from facilitating another Leading for Equity Institute; the National Equity Project has been hosting these Institutes annually for over 14 years. I have been at most of the these institutes and it is very common for people to not … Continue reading

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Equity and the Common Core

The question on my mind these days is: Will the Common Core, on the whole, be a force for equity? Or will it wind up reproducing the current inequities in our system? Literacy educator Alfred Tatum asks this question even more … Continue reading

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The Courageous Pause: Reflections on Leading for Equity

Last month we gathered teams of educators from around the country to participate in the 12th annual Leading for Equity Institute (LFE), and we are preparing to host another sold-out Institute next week. LFE is a three-day residential retreat held in … Continue reading

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Instructional Coaching | Beyond Best Practices

“Coaching is becoming popular, in part, because many educational leaders recognize the old form of professional development, built around traditional in-service sessions for teachers, simply doesn’t affect student achievement” (Knight 2006). Instructional coaching alone doesn’t necessarily support teachers to be … Continue reading

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Make the Most of Your Meeting Agenda

Make space for stories. Provide space for people to share what brought them to this work, their personal history and background, and what’s happening in their lives outside of work.  People bring their whole self to meetings – whether we … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Effective and Equitable Meetings

1.) Effective meetings emphasize purpose and identity. The purpose of any meeting should be more than getting through a list of items together.  If it were that simple, an email could probably do the trick. (If you’re calling a meeting … Continue reading

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5 Coaching Skills Every Manager Should Use

1. Listen without judgment. Being able to listen without judgment is key to any relationship – coaching or otherwise. Two forms of listening we encourage coaches and managers to employ are constructivist listening and active / reflective listening. Constructivist listening … Continue reading

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