6 Strategies that will move your school from GOOD to GREAT…

Agiri Leadership Tip: Pick a framework for school improvement and convey it your team. I’ve been a big fan of Tim Westerberg, a School Improvement Coach for many years.  In his book, Becoming a Great High School, Westerberg outlines 6 strategies that help schools achieve greatness.  Since reading the text, I use his framework as a lens for determining how … Read More

Silent Majority versus Vocal Minority

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As teachers or facilitators, we’ve all been there. We ask a question and the silence is just too much to bear. Someone please say something! We therefore either answer our own question or call on someone we know wants to answer. If we continue to only call on those who volunteer to talk, we run the risk of depending on … Read More

Why you need a pizza guy at your really important meetings.

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Imagine: You and your team have spent the last 3 hours trying to create a plan to deal with a current challenge at your organization. Each team member has presented their best plan and yet nothing substantial in terms of a real solution as emanated from your discussion. You have two choices: Keep going in circles by recycling ideas and … Read More

3 ways to enhance Co-Teaching Relationships

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Besides wanting to change the world, every teacher decides to become a teacher because they love autonomy! I want to be king or queen of my castle. Oops, I mean classroom. You can guess how a teacher who loves autonomy and freedom will respond to their principal saying, “Hey I would like you to co-teach with _________ this semester.” Don’t … Read More

Using SWOT analysis to empower teachers and developing solutions

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Let’s face it. We all hit a rut sometime.   Instead of seeing possibility, we see only challenges, especially if we feel like we’ve tried everything. As the school’s instructional coach for the day, I was walking into a room of willing teachers, but whose mindset was one of “I can’t” anymore.   I had to use a thinking tool to shift … Read More