Creativity and Innovation in Leadership: Four Necessities for Creative Cultures

Creativity and Innovation in Leadership: Four Necessities for Creative Cultures

Recently, I published a piece on how to increase creativity and innovation in the classroom. While it is essential for teachers to foster a creative and innovative mindset in their students, it’s just as crucial for leaders to nurture the same mindset in their teams. “Research shows 52 percent of employees are frustrated at work…

5 Ways to Foster Creativity and Innovation

5 Ways to Foster Creativity and Innovation

For several years, I have used the Teaching Innovation Progression (TIP) Chart to guide my coaching conversations with teachers. It gives such a concrete view of teacher actions and student behaviors in a student-driven classroom. The chart is broken into four areas of concentration: Research and Information Fluency, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem…

5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization

5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization

What is formative assessment? “Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.” (https://www.edglossary.org/formative-assessment/) It doesn’t stop there, however. Assessments should guide a teacher on what to do to remediate, challenge or move on…

Parenting in the 21st Century

Parenting in the 21st Century

Childhood can be a wonderful, magical, and illuminating journey for each child that leads into a deeper connection to self and the outside world.  This unfolding also leads to more challenging realities such as grappling with gender and racial identity, fighting for community resources, dismantling discrimination, and even coming to grips with the consequences of…

THE ICE MAN COMETH

THE ICE MAN COMETH

To know Stella is to love her.  If you’re skeptical about the future, if your teenage angst has resurfaced as old-man-rage, then I recommend you spend some time with Stella.  She just might be an unassuming dog and horse whisperer for cranky middle-aged men who can no longer control their loss of faith in our…

Archived Confederate Postal History Reflects an Ideology of Nationalism

Archived Confederate Postal History Reflects an Ideology of Nationalism

My passion of philately for over fifty years has led to me to this engaging endeavor.  An inheritance of a splendid collection of pre-WWII Japanese postage bequeathed to me during childhood initialized my curiosity and spirit of inquiry about collecting which I now consider my own archive. Upon completing this course, I have gained a…

Three Points of Impact for Lasting Transformational Change

Three Points of Impact for Lasting Transformational Change

I’ve been getting many congratulatory messages on LinkedIn to mark the three year anniversary of my consulting business. This milestone has given me a reason to reflect on the past three years and all that I’ve learned through the process. “Transformational change is generally misunderstood. Unlike transitional and incremental change that are outcome focused, transformational…

3 Online Emotional Support Resources for Autism Families

3 Online Emotional Support Resources for Autism Families

The autism diagnosis is a lonely isolating diagnosis.  Neurotypical families may think it is difficult, but it is actually thousands of times harder than what some people may think. When my son received his diagnosis 27 years ago, there was no internet. We learned about treatments and services from books and articles. We also networked…

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