When Teachers Become Solutions to The Problems Schools Face

John Hattie wrote “the greatest effects on student learning occur when teachers become learners of their own teaching, and when students become their own teachers” (emphasis ours) (Hattie, 2012). Based on our combined 50+ years experience in multiple districts and states, as well as conversations with colleagues across the nation, Read More …

Developing Self-Directed Teacher Leaders Using Habits of Mind

  By Thomas R. Feller, Jr., Seth Brown, Ph.D., and Lauren Bowers Sometimes the best solutions to a wicked problem come from a well formed question. One wicked problem our district has been facing is the loss of some of our best teachers. Upon some internal investigation we discovered that Read More …

Adding Personalized Learning to Our Annual Writing Project

  At a recent Personalized Learning presentation, we participated in a coaching session with Bena Kallick on a writing project we were currently working on with our third-grade students. We were hoping to learn how we could increase personalization within the project. We had initially believed that this series of Read More …

When Communities are Struck by Disaster, Habits of Mind are More Important than Ever

  By Dr. Nick Bruski, Principal at Montecito Union School. Third in a series. Ignited in December of 2017,  the largest wildfire in California history ravaged nearly 300,000 acres of hillsides and homes, leaving a charred and barren landscape. This damage, combined with incredibly intense rainfalls in the early morning Read More …