Dr. PJ Caposey Named Illinois Superintendent of the Year

Jeff GargasBlog, Lead Better

We are incredibly excited to share that one of our amazing Teach Better Speakers Network Speakers, Dr. PJ Caposey, has been named the 2023 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators. PJ is the superintendent of Meridian CUSD #223 in Illinois, and has been a member of the Teach Better Speakers Network since August of 2020. … Read More

Confronting Our Complaints

Suzanne DaileyBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better, Teach Happier

TL;DR: Gratitude helps wire our brains to look for the good. Research has shown that, on average, people complain about once a minute during a typical conversation. The more we complain, the more we wire our brains to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. Try to go one full day without complaining. Constant Complaining In this Teach Happier … Read More

5 Radical Self-Care Lessons for Educators

Alexis ShepardBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Burnout is not “this is just how it is.” We need to prioritize our own wellness. Self-care isn’t selfish and it’s not about temporary relief. You must put the work in to maintain boundaries and demonstrate self-care. Set office hours for yourself. Embed wellness routines into your classroom to model self-care for students too. Burnout Six years ago, I … Read More

Science Better: Showing Thanks

Holly StuartBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: It is important to reflect on who has had a positive impact on your education journey. I want to thank the “giants” who have shaped my views of science and education. Reach out to the people who have helped you become the amazing educator that you are and thank them! Mr. Anthony During the month of November, I tend … Read More

Moral Imperative: Is Your School Team Clear About What Must Be Done?

Steven WeberBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: School teams work together and set goals for improvement. A school’s moral imperative should be discussed and clarified as a part of school improvement. School teams often discuss test data, learning targets, standards, lesson plans, and school culture. When was the last time your school team discussed its moral imperative or purpose? In the fall of 2021, the total … Read More