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What if Every Day Were Thanksgiving?

November 26, 2019

We all love our holidays. In the U.S., we dedicate the second to last Thursday of November just to being thankful. Perhaps you grew up in a family where before you could eat on Thanksgiving, everyone had to share something they were thankful for. Mashed potatoes and stuffing had to wait until everyone had spoken–all […]

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What Are You Cultivating This Season?

October 22, 2019

Fall in New England is one of our favorite times. Though it announces the onset of winter (much to Amy’s disappointment as a Floridian), who can resist the foliage, apple picking, pumpkin patches, and of course, the resulting warm apple fritters on a crisp Saturday autumn morning (Patrick’s favorite)?  Oblivious, we tromp around in corn […]

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Running to Stand Still or Finding the Time to Lead?

September 17, 2019

Here we are at the starting block of another school year. Summer has flown by and before we know it, the year will be half over. So, how have you planned to use your time this year to effect change as an instructional leader, specifically to support your teachers? We know you strive to make […]

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Change Your Disposition, Change Your Outcomes

July 17, 2019

Summer is in full swing for many of us. Have you noticed how our disposition shifts and how vulnerable we are willing to be during this time of year? We walk around in bathing suits, swim where we know sharks swim, expose ourselves to endless UV rays, try new things (parasailing? bacon wrapped corn?), attempt […]

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Taking the Plunge with Learners

August 17, 2018

We were sitting by Amy’s condo pool when a small girl arrived with her dad for a late afternoon swimming lesson, meeting her teacher in the shallow end. She was tiny and ready to go in a pink bathing suit, excited to get started. This was not her first lesson, so she knew what to […]

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When All Things Become Visible

July 18, 2018

When All Things Become Visible Last Sunday, we were sitting along the Chicago River working on last minute prep for our Visible Learning Conference session, watching kayaks and yachts go by when what to our wondering eyes did appear but a party boat being propelled by 10 eager pedalers. Now if you read our last […]

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It’s Like Riding a Bike…

June 27, 2018

A post by Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn It’s Like Riding a Bike…Together This week, we were out organizing our research, yearlong practices, and lessons learned as we prepare to present at the Visible Learning Conference focused on collective teacher efficacy (July 9th & 10th in Chicago). We were immersed in Hattie’s research (Visible Learning for […]

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Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?

May 22, 2018

A post by Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn Many of us have been wowed watching the Jeff Foxworthy show with 5th graders, but recently, we were wowed as we watched 6th graders set the bar for instructional leaders everywhere as we visited classrooms in one of our CT middle schools. What We Know According to […]

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

April 27, 2018

A Post by Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn We were sitting in Patrick’s living room the other day attempting to write, but found ourselves distracted by the geese in the backyard. We caught ourselves saying out loud, “welcome back” when we noticed new additions had arrived. Two of the geese have spent the last few […]

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Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary

April 11, 2018

A Post by Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn “My powers are ordinary, only my application brings me success.” Sir Isaac Newton. In the last chapter of our new book Feedback to Feed Forward: 31 Strategies to Lead Learning, we highlight extraordinary practice of several districts and administrators. In that same chapter we provide six challenges […]

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Big Data and Educator Effectiveness and Accountability

October 18, 2017

This past week I had the privileged to travel to Tianjin China and present at a Forum hosted by Tianjin University of Technology. The forum provided an opportunity for experts from various fields to collaborate and share ideas on potential ways that Big Data analysis could influence the future of their particular field. Presenters focused […]

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A Message to PEAC:  TEVAL Should Promote Reflection*

April 26, 2017

*A follow up to my previous post – Connecting Teacher Action with Student Outcomes. This morning I attended a meeting of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC).  PEAC, charged with leading Educator Evaluation in the state of CT, began conversations today on the weighting associated with the current components of educator evaluation. It has been long […]

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Our capacity as adults to collaboratively & collectively face the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year with empathy, patience, fortitude, & determination will be the greatest possible lesson we will teach our children. This is more important than any content we ever believed essential. Remain TOGETHER and we will all continue learning! We are here to support all of you as you embark on your new year.