Building and Maintaining Culture

Aug 21, 2017

Janice Smith

Someone smart once described school culture to me like a garden. You’ve got to start by planting the seeds, but that’s only a smart part of the equation.  Reinforcing that culture every day in your classroom (or your school/staff if you’re a school leader) through both explicit lessons as well as teachable moments and consistent consequences […]

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Planning Purposeful Procedures

Jul 24, 2017

Janice Smith

In our last Video of the Week we discussed the value in writing your assessments first, right alongside your scope & sequence and unit plans.  This week, as you think about how to best use your remaining summertime (aside from taking advantage of some poolside reading and sleeping in) we’re going to feature a video from the collection ‘First […]

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Is Growth Mindset Working?

Oct 17, 2016

Janice Smith

Yesterday an article was published on LinkedIn by the CEO of an EdTech company called Sown to Grow; it was called ‘Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working In Schools…Yet.’  First, shout out for the title.  When I think about growth mindset the first word that comes to mind is the word ‘yet’, and the importance of using […]

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While visiting KIPP King Collegiate HS last year we had a chance to sit down with Hari Vasu-Devan, a teacher and Instructional Coach, about their recent switch to mastery based grading (also called Standards-Based grading).  This has been a common topic of conversation when we visit schools, especially high schools, as teams and teachers grapple […]

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First Day of School Chant Challenge

Aug 29, 2016

Janice Smith

Today is the first day of school for so many- so many of my school leader & teacher friends, and for many of my parent friends. So for today’s Video of the Week it only seems appropriate to share one of my very favorite clips we’ve ever captured on the first day of school.  And […]

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