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How do we assess our school culture?

“I think we are doing pretty well. We do a lot of great things.”   “Let’s ask around, see what people tell us. Let’s start with our own students and teachers and see what we hear.”   This was the question and exchange I recently heard from a group of […]

WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER: HOW COMMUNITY BUILDS CULTURE

“When we eat together, when we set out to do so deliberately, life is better, no matter what your circumstances.” ~Thomas Keller   This seems like such an obvious statement, and yet, it is a concept that is easily lost amidst the demands of modern education. I have listened to […]

Nacho Friday!

When you are a principal with 237 people under your care (157 teachers and 80 staff members) it is crucial that you intentionally create opportunities for fun and connection. This is why principal Tim Liles of Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA came up with the idea of Nacho Friday.   […]

Coping Skills

You know the teacher: the one who oozes love and care for kids; the one who seems like she was born to be a teacher. Her expectations are as high and as big as her love is and kids excel under her teaching, and thrive in her presence. If you […]

I like you, I trust you, We can do this together!

  I like you… When you work in an environment that is healthy and where people genuinely like each other, it is more like fun than work. Indications of a healthy workplace include people smiling at each other and enjoying each other’s company; employees looking out for one other and […]

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