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Hey – where did everybody go? Supporting tough decisions

What could choosing transportation fuel options, planning a billion dollar bond referendum, and selecting a new math curriculum series possibly have in common?  If you said, “they are all issues TregoED clients are currently working on” – you’d be right!  But in addition, they each: involve major decisions aimed at addressing existing problems have a Read the full article…

Smaller Meetings…Bigger Hot Seats?

  Leaders often face big “hot seat” meetings – lots of participants, opinions, issues, and controversy.  Having a simple standard process can help them make sure that people are heard, information is processed, and suitable actions are taken.  But what about the numerous intimate meetings that take place every day in schools?  IEP meetings, for Read the full article…

School Culture: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Think back to the last time you thought it odd that something was done a certain way– but were too afraid to ask, “why?”  Sometimes, there is an excellent (albeit not obvious) reason. Other times, the reason makes less sense – or may be akin to “it’s always been done that way.”  Asking “why?” helps Read the full article…

Good Leadership is Good Leadership

Back in the day, as union president, I had a few people come to me saying that the principal’s observations were not valid because he/she did not understand the content, for example, in a foreign language classroom. The principal’s response? “Good teaching is good teaching.” It is with that perspective that I started watching some Read the full article…

Leadership Development – To what end?

It’s hard to argue with the abstract value of building more capable leaders, isn’t it? But what do we want our leaders to be able to do better – and why? Effective leadership is not an end in itself. It cannot be identified – or defined – in a vacuum. It can only be assessed Read the full article…

Say Yes to Courageous Leadership

We often ask the children in our classrooms to step out of their comfort zones to learn and grow.  It is not easy – working hard to understand, asking questions, asking for help, getting feedback.  All of it can be a bit uncomfortable.  Leaders that want to learn and grow need to be able to Read the full article…

Analytic Process: Avoiding “Stupid” Mistakes

We may tell others there are no such things as stupid mistakes, but in our hearts, we know we ourselves sometimes make mistakes that qualify: e.g., sending an email to the wrong person, losing something important, making a simple but significant calculation error. As a leader, “stupid” mistakes can sometimes be compounded or magnified – Read the full article…

5 Tools to Build your SPED Team and Reduce Turnover

Nowhere in education is the effect of high turnover and staff shortages more acutely felt than in special education.  As states and local districts struggle to build incentives to lure educators into the realm of special education, it has become apparent that it is just as important to build the teachers and leaders that districts Read the full article…

5 Leadership Practices to Ignite 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  What better time to reboot, revisit, revise, reflect, restructure, re-imagine, reinforce, and re-ignite your staff in preparation for a new year and a fresh start? Making a few simple questions a part of your day to day practice can help you ignite a culture of trust and Read the full article…

BBT Award Winners: “No Magic Bullets when faced with Achievement Issues”

“Without the ability to think critically and independently, citizens are easy prey to dogmatists, flimflam artists, and purveyors of simple solutions to complex problems” (American Association for the Advancement of Science, Project 2061) We all dream of the “magic bullet” – a solution that is concrete, easily understood, easy to implement, and 100% effective.  We Read the full article…