Top LYS Tweets – May 20, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   You did not wake up this morning to be mediocre.(By…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (April 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

Top LYS Tweets – May 6, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. “Despite their name, these tax-subsidized scholarships to private schools do not…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (April 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

What Proactive Instructional Leadership Looks Like – The Raw Numbers

The critical step in becoming an effective instructional leader and an expert in pedagogy is observing a LOT of instruction. I constantly point this out in presentations, trainings, writings and conversations. The bottom line is that the instruction leaders that consistently visit classrooms separate themselves from instructional leaders that do not. There is no short…

A Reader Asks… PowerWalks Description

A teacher asks the following:   SC, I am in graduate school working on my principal certification. My action research plan focuses on increasing staff collegiality through peer walkthroughs and feedback. I am interested in what PowerWalks entails.   Thank you!   SC Response PowerWalks is a formative classroom observation system that uses an objective observation protocol…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (March 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (March 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

The Results!!! 4th Annual March For A Cure PowerWalks Challenge

The news you have been waiting for! LYS Nation, due to your hard work and dedication, this was the most successful March for a Cure Challenge to date.  Last year’s the donation total was $1,800.00. Let’s add up the donation for this year.   The first donation category is actual PowerWalks Observations, with 5¢ donated…

March For A Cure Update – March 15, 2019

Here at Lead Your School, we love great instruction and #@%&* HATE cancer! And in month of March, these two things collide and become the March For A Cure PowerWalks Challenge!    For every PowerWalks classroom visit conducted during the month, LYS will donate 5¢ to the American Cancer Society to further the fight against…

The RTB Series – Part 5: Response to Fear

Over this ongoing series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 5 in The Response to Barriers Series – Fear.   Fear is a tremendous barrier to change, especially in education. If you look at the…

March For A Cure Update – March 8, 2019

Here at Lead Your School, we love great instruction and #@%&* HATE cancer! And in month of March, these two things collide and become the March For A Cure PowerWalks Challenge!    For every PowerWalks classroom visit conducted during the month, LYS will donate 5¢ to the American Cancer Society to further the fight against…

Join The March For A Cure

Here at Lead Your School, as much as we love instruction, we hate cancer. This love/hate dynamic manifests itself with our annual March For A Cure Challenge. During March, for every completed PowerWalks Classroom Observation, we donate 5¢. It may not sound like much, but thanks to all the PowerWalk campuses across the nation, the…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (February 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (February 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  The…

Top LYS Tweets – March 4, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Coach Busch (RISD) just earned a high-yield superfecta and a…

The 4th Annual March For A Cure PowerWalks Challenge

Here at LYS, we love great instruction and @$#&* HATE cancer!   Which is why for the fourth year in a row we are sponsoring theMarch for a Cure PowerWalks Challenge!   LYS Nation, join us in some cancer ass kicking.   Starting today, for every PowerWalks classroom observation conducted during the month of March, LYS…

You Can’t March Without The Right Equipment

Here at Lead Your School, as much as we love instruction, we hate cancer. This love/hate dynamic manifests itself with our annual March For A Cure Challenge. During March, for every completed PowerWalks Classroom Observation, we donate 5¢. It may not sound like much, but thanks to all the PowerWalk campuses across the nation, the…

Get Ready For The March For A Cure!

The 4thAnnual March For A Cure PowerWalks Challenge begins this Friday, March 1, 2019.   For those of you to the LYS Nation, for every PowerWalks conducted during the month of March, Lead Your School donates 5¢ to the American Cancer Society. For us, the March For A Cure is a really big deal.  …

The RTB Series – Part 3: Response to Habit

Over this ongoing series of eight posts, we are identifying and addressing the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 3 in The Response to Barriers Series – Habit.   You have determined that your staff is not ignorant of better instructional practices and…

PowerWalks: Visit Classrooms… Beat Cancer

Here at Lead Your School, as much as we love instruction, we hate cancer. This love/hate dynamic manifests itself with our annual March For A Cure Challenge. During March, for every completed PowerWalks Classroom Observation, we donate 5¢. It may not sound like much, but thanks to all the PowerWalk campuses across the nation, the…

PowerWalk All Over Cancer

Here at Lead Your School, we love instruction and we #@$%*&! hate cancer. This love/hate dynamic manifests itself with our annual March For A Cure Challenge. During March, for every completed PowerWalks Classroom Observation, we donate 5¢. It may not sound like much, but thanks to all the PowerWalk campuses across the nation, the donation…

A Reader Asks… The Power Zone

A LYS Campus Leader sends in the following question…   SC,   This morning, we were having a discussion about the Power Zone. We realized that we need some clarification on how proximity, teacher location and teacher activity impact the determination of if a teacher is in the Power Zone when we are conducting a…

The Legendary Leadership Badge (January 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (January 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  The…

What Can I Learn In A Single, 5-Minute Classroom Observation

The answer is… SURPRISINGLY LITTLE.This, from the guy who has literally conducted tens of thousands of classroom observations. The reason for this is that classroom instruction is a complex, dynamic operation with a million moving parts.  Which means in a 5-minute observation, I can collect some objective data. But, and this is a BIG but, I don’t…

Instructional Rigor: What Does “Creating” Look Like – Part 1

I get to work with hundreds of instructional leaders who are actively engaged in the formative observation and coaching process. I’m not counting the big seminar sessions that I do throughout the year. This is on-site, in the field, hands-on training and real discussions.  We spend a lot of time working to accurately determine the level…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (December 2018)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in a steady volume…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (December 2018)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  The…
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