Top 10 LYS Tweets – January 22, 2018

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.   Education for all children is a: Moral Mandate; Scriptural Supposition;…

Top 10 LYS Tweets – January 16, 2018

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.   We need to find more ways to recognize students for…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of December 10, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of December 10, 2017 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. 1. Will we protect universal public education for…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of November 5, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 5, 2017 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. 1. School culture doesn’t happen by accident. It…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of June 28, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 18, 2017 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. 1. Stay focused on student need. As student…

A Reader Asks… Principal Coaching – Upset Parents and Community

A LYS Assistant Superintendent asks the following: SC, I loved the coaching notes you shared in today’s post (Principal Coaching – The Low Performing Campus).  I have a principal I’m going to work with this year, but for a different reason.  The issue on this campus is upset parents and negative feelings on the culture…

A Superintendent Writes… Schools are Built for Adults – Part 1

In response to the 5/18/2016 and 5/20/2016 posts, “Schools are Built for Adults – Case 1,” and “Schools are Built for Adults – Case 2,” an old school LYS Superintendent writes: SC, You are absolutely right – schools are built for adults. My question: What would a school look like that was built for students?…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 24, 2016

Blog Post: Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 24, 2016 If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 24, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who…

A Reader Asks… Five Assistant Principal Hacks – Part 2

In response to the 4/14/16 post, “Five Assistant Principal Hacks,” a LYS campus administrator asks: SC, Tell me more about #4, “Take care of discipline in the hallway, outside the classroom, not in your office.” Thank you, SC Response I figured this one out within the first month of being an assistant principal. My first AP…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 17, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 17, 2016 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. 1. You create an environment where everyone has…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 20, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 20, 2016 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. 1. Does more money equal better outcomes for…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 13, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 13, 2016 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. 1. Great schools embed The Fundamental 5 (Cain…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 4, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 4, 2015 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. 1. Doing something GREAT is always at the…

The Kentucky Department of Education Writes… The Fundamental 5 Changes Schools

Three years ago, the LYS Team began working with the dedicated staff of Fairdale High School. The purpose, to help teachers and instructional leaders work just a little bit different in order to increase student opportunity.  Since then the student performance trajectory for this large, diverse, Title I school has been, quite simply… unprecedented. But…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 1, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 1, 2015. 1. “The whole people must take upon themselves the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 10, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 10, 2014. 1. Dear “Cut All Taxes” Political Candidate: Either you’re…

The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Small Group Purposeful Talk Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  Today I’m sharing the tweets generated from Traci Tousant’s “Small Group Purposeful Talk” breakout sessions. Increased attention through purposeful talk. Teach a little then let learners talk!! (By @TinaTagsIt) If learners are silent, are they learning for…

A Superintendent Writes… Thoughts on Middle School Scores

A LYS Superintendent writes the following: SC, Well, our 6th grade scores seemingly present a conundrum. But there are explanations for the dip.  And, believe it or not, the dip is primarily the result of suspect adult practice.  Subtle, suspect and not directly measurable, but adult practice none-the-less. Based on discussions with our instructional leaders…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 26, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 26, 2013. 1. Students who take at least 2 AP courses…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 7, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 7, 2013. 1. Ms. Richmond (West Ave ES) was 5 for…

A Reader Writes… Happy and Thriving – Part 2

In response to the 10/9/12 post, “Happy and Thriving – Part 1,” a LYSer writes: SC, You know, the whole dynamics of leadership and teacher culture is complicated. One of the schools in my district is seemingly calm and friendly to the casual observer, but below the surface it is among the worse I have…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 29, 2012

Last week (Tuesday, May 1, 2012), I wrote about making the month of May count.  I listed four examples of things that schools could do during May to keep students engaged and instruction meaningful.  But I saved example number five for today’s post.  Make May your bootleg technology beta-testing month. This is your chance to…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of October 23, 2011

As many of you know, I spend well more than half my work time on campuses, watching, training and talking to educators at all levels of competency, capacity and success. One thing that I am observing all to often is innovative, energetic and engaging teachers having to hide their new practices and tools. Most likely,…

A Reader Writes… (Sustainability)

In response to the post, “Sustainability,” a LYS Principal writes: Sean, you are spot on with this post. We can expand on your ideas by discussing the difference between school turn-around and school improvement. While at a recent Education Service Center training, the presenters correctly pointed out there is a difference. Yet they failed to…

A Reader Writes… (Who are We Letting In – Part 2)

In response to the post, “Who are We Letting In,” a reader writes: “First, let me say thank you for providing the LYS blog-alogue. It is a challenging and empowering opportunity for growth as teachers and students of educational leadership. Second, I haven’t had any time to participate in the dialogue because our administrative team…

A Reader Writes… (Dress Code and More – Part 2)

In response to the post, “Dress Code and More,” a reader writes. “To comment on how deep this goes, I was recently at a job interview for a secondary school that was barely above water. Out of the four secondary schools in the district, three of them are Unacceptable and the fourth made acceptable by…

A Reader Writes… (Advice 2/7/10 – Part 4)

In response to the posts relating to, “A Reader Shares… Sunday Advice (2/7/10),” a reader writes: “Well, SC, if the intention was to get a powerful response, then this reader doesn’t mind speaking up. Maybe there should be some sensitivity to the designation of “principal as the only pure advocate for students on campus” especially…

A Reader Writes… (Race)

In response to the post, “A Reader Asks… Race,” a reader writes: “When I took over my last academically unacceptable high school, I was greeted by a number of helpful adults. They all wanted to explain to me that the African American kids in deep East Texas were simply different and unlike any African American…

A Reader Writes… (Gant Wisdom 1 – Part 7)

In response to the posts relating to “Gant Wisdom 1,” a reader writes: “Sean, Your closing question to the post, “are you a manager or a leader,” provides an interesting paradox. If you read this blog and continue to ‘choose’ management, then you need to find different reading material to fill your time because you’re…

A Reader Writes – Dying In Ditches

In response to recent posts, a reader writes: “There is one thing a reader said that resonated with me and not just about dress code issues, but a lot of the culture and climate issues which are decided by those who are not the instructional leaders of campuses and districts, but well-intentioned nonetheless. The reader…
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