Best Educational Practices

Finishing Strong…

So here we are, with less than a month to go before we head off for the summer holiday. I often marvel at how fast a school year goes by, and in many ways it seems like just yesterday that…

Language has Power…

So I had two experiences this past week that made me really think about how much power there is in the language that we use with others. These experiences have made me reflect deeply on how I have been using…

Building Student Social Capital

Last week I was at a meeting where our discussion focused on social capital.  When I googled social capital, I was given this definition, Social capital refers to the collective value of all “social networks” [who people know] and the inclinations that…

Technology: A Catalyst for Learning

Technology may not replace teachers, but teachers who integrate technology as a catalyst for learning will probably replace teachers who do not. Think about that for a moment. During a recent chat regarding technology integration, a few tweets sparked my…

The Heart and Soul of a School…

So I had a great conversation last week with our new incoming High School Principal about the best parts about working here at Academia Cotopaxi….he wanted to know what made our school special from my perspective as a new member…

Confidence and Competence

“Schools kill creativity.” “Innovation is crucial in education.” “We are preparing students for jobs that don’t currently exist.” “Education needs disruption.” These are all statements that you might have heard on a Ted Talk, at a conference keynote, or on…

Leading for Growth

Great leaders don’t spend time trying to change people. They spend their energy creating the conditions in which people want to change. Discussions move beyond “why” as educators begin thinking and planning for “how” and “when.” Don’t misunderstand, it’s important…