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I saw my brother, Dr. Alec Couros, share this short and powerful video by Liv McNeil. Please take three minutes to watch it: An incredible video by a student to show one person’s experience during emergency remote teaching.  I have had a lot of conversations with educators about their students during the past few months. The … [Read more…]

Read More The “Numb” Feeling of Emergency Remote Teaching

In the post “5 Points To Get Across in a Teaching Interview” from 2018, I wanted to share some ideas for people going through the education interview process.  No matter what questions are being asked, I think we can still bring up some key points that highlight our thoughts on education.   In the accompanying podcast, … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Points To Get Across in a Teaching Interview #Podcast

Last week, my guests William Stubbs, Marlena Gross-Taylor, and Don Parker shared feedback on their personal and professional reflections around equity, racism, and inequalities. They each gave suggestions to help you decide how to respond in your own s…

Read More PMP199: Panel Discussion on Equity & Racism, Part 2

No community has been immune to conversations surrounding equity, racism, and inequalities. As Marlena Gross-Taylor, one of the guests on this week’s podcast episode explains, these conversations have been going on for at least four hundred years…

Read More PMP198: Panel Discussion on Equity and Racism, Part 1

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Like many of you, I’ve had so much on my mind lately. I have several blog posts upcoming that will express more of what I’m feeling. But I wanted to share this quick bit with you. 
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Read More Share Understanding and Spare Pain

Starting a new school year is like preparing for a marathon. The journey begins with training long before the race begins. And once the race starts, you need a lot of endurance for the road ahead. School leadership is the same. As you enter summer, the…

Read More PMP197: 10 Tips for New Assistant Principals

Even in uncertain times, it is good to remember that positive ideas can come from even the most difficult situations. Juan David Campolargo, a seventeen-year-old high school student from Chicago, is no stranger to difficulty. Immigranting to the U.S. f…

Read More PMP196: Generation Optimism with Juan David Campolargo

Just some thoughts swirling around in my mind… In the past few weeks, I have been discussing social-emotional learning and mental health with guests such as Tony Sinanis, Jody Carrington, and Mandy Froehlich. Why would I discuss these topics on a podcast about “Innovation” in education? This is from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “…at the heart … [Read more…]

Read More Taking Care of the Adults

It’s no secret that I love a good font. When I taught technology classes back in the day I always started with the caveat that secondary people loved my classes for their content, but my elementary people loved me for my fonts and clip art. #both…

Read More Favorite fonts & where to find them…

You can listen to the whole podcast on this topic with some added stories on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, on YouTube.     One of the comments I keep hearing over and over again during this time goes something like, “It has been amazing to see teachers try so many things that they haven’t done … [Read more…]

Read More What Leads to Meaningful Change? #Podcast

During school closures and remote learning, maintaining connection with students has been an enormous puzzle to solve. When 8th grade teacher Jena Nelson, from Deer Creek Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma, switched to online delivery, she looked at thi…

Read More PMP195: Instruction from a Distance with Jena Nelson

  The above quote is something I am known for. Not just the quote, but the ability to find positive and opportunities in tough situations. I am not sure if I would consider myself an “optimist,” but I have worked to become a solution-focused person. Sometimes, I do force myself to be positive because I … [Read more…]

Read More Start Again Tomorrow

You can listen to the full podcast discussing the post below on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, or watch it on YouTube.        I read a comment on a feedback form that said something like, “These are great ideas, but how do they apply to teaching math?”  Every educator, including myself, wants ideas and … [Read more…]

Read More Creating Our Own Connections for Learning

Although this podcast on “4 Non-Negotiables” was recorded long before schools moved to “Emergency Remote Teaching,” these ideas still apply, but may look different.  As you read the post below or listen to the podcast, consider these questions: You can listen to the full podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Soundcloud, or check out the original post from … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools #Podcast

I don’t know about you, but it seems like every waking hour has been spent adjusting to a new normal, and the idea of relaxing almost seems unkind when you think of all the sacrifices people are making during times like this. In Oklahoma, school leader…

Read More PMP193: Taking a Music Break from COVID-19