Episode 120: Take it Personal with Lisa Parry

Darrin PeppardLeaning Into Leadership

Episode 120 of Leaning into Leadership features Lisa Parry coaching us, as leaders, on how to face the difficult conversations with parents. This includes three driving questions for any meeting, a focus on not taking it personal, and how to avoid confirmation bias. That, plus your #PepTalk on this week’s show. MORE EPISODES

Difficult Conversations with Students and Parents: New Strategies for a New Year

Erin LebacqzBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Difficult conversations with students or parents are here to stay. We can improve the outcome of these conversations with strategies designed to minimize emotional responses. Consider using the word “you” with care and purpose when discussing negative or critical topics. Use intentional verb choice to affect the tone of your messages or conversations. Focus on the goal or outcome, … Read More

5 Myths of Continuous Improvement

Steven WeberBlog, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Find the right priorities and develop goals around those priorities. What do we want students to be able to do? What are the learning targets? How do we determine progress? Don’t wait for all staff to be on board. Allow all staff to have a voice. Success of Students The work of school teams determines the success of the … Read More

Ep. 33: Public Humility | Jennifer Abrams | Constructed-Response

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:11), Tom discusses why public proclamations of humility are really an attempt to cover up a hidden superiority complex. Then, Tom is joined by Jennifer Abrams (13:15) to discuss how we prepare for (and follow through on) difficult conversations. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:04:48), Tom explores the research on quality constructed-response items and offers some suggestions … Read More


Jason LimBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Let’s #stopthehate so we can live in a better society for our kids and for their kids.  If you see a student getting harassed, educate, intervene, and discuss. Do not ignore it! #stopthehate So May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  In this blog, I would like to go over the struggles and triumphs my family and I have had … Read More