Hiring the Right People Is Crucial for Your School Culture

Rob BreyerBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: It is important to hire the right people who are great people, aligned with your vision, and support you. Consider whether they will buy into your vision and fit with your current staff. Ask deeper questions to find out! As an elementary school principal, I believe reflection on the work we do is key to our success. My entire … Read More

Building Classroom Community in a Virtual World

Melanie LaneBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Strategies for building classroom community in a virtual world include using a user-friendly online platform, teaching expectations, utilizing breakout groups, assigning roles, creating goals, having a plan for students to seek assistance, providing opportunities for communication, and celebrating successes. Learning environments are crucial for providing students with opportunities to exercise their strengths and to overcome their weaknesses. A school … Read More

Addressing the Different Educational Needs of Our Students

Colissa JordanBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Educators must address the different educational needs of our students by setting high expectations, building relationships, desiring and implementing change, understanding our own biases, and choosing to connect. Teachers, administrators, and parents should establish and maintain supportive roles in this process of learning. Share your expectations with students by using I can statements.  At the beginning of this school … Read More