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Hey Shawnta! How Do I Tell My Principal That I Don’t Want to Sponsor an After-School Activity?

Hey Shawnta! How do I tell my principal that I don’t want to sponsor an after-school activity? That’s easy. Just say no. Okay … stay with me. If you are asking this question, the real question might...

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Four Ways to Sustain Coaching Programs after ESSER Money Disappears

While masks are mostly off and in-person learning has widely resumed, the look of “normalcy” in classrooms is a thin shroud for the deep, ongoing challenges that schools face. The negative effects of...

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To Solve Minnesota Teacher Shortages, We Must Support New Teachers

Minnesota needs great teachers, but it’s harder than ever to recruit and retain them, particularly with the many challenges of the post-pandemic environment. But our students deserve passionate,...

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Parents, Do You Want Your Child to Be Happy or Literate?

If you want to understand how education research can miss the forest for the trees, look no further than a recent report from a University of Maryland/Harvard University research team that found that...

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Hey Shawnta! As a Former School Administrator, What Are Some Red Flags for Potential Teaching Candidates?

Hey Shawnta! As a former school administrator, what are some red flags for potential teaching candidates? Before I was a school administrator, I served on numerous interview committees. Typically,...

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Hey Shawnta! I Hate My School, My Principal, and My Job. I Love the Students, but I Don’t Think I Can Make It Through This Year. What Should I Do?

Hey Shawnta! I hate my school. I hate my principal. I hate my job. I love the students but don’t think I can make it through this year. What should I do? Sincerely, Love the Kids; Hate the Job Hi...

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