Logical and Reasonable Can Be A Treacherous Path

The school year starts.  The campus has a mapped scope and sequence that is aligned to state accountability requirements. If the mapped scope and sequence is followed with rigorous fidelity, state accountability standards will be met or exceeded.   Then the real world happens.  There are weather days; teachers are absent; students don’t pick up…

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…

Response to Barriers – The Complete Series

Based on reader requests, here is the entire Response to Barriers Series, edited as one post.   This short essay will address seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership.   The Response to Barriers – Ignorance   The first barrier to changing instructional practices is ignorance, meaning that there…

Top LYS Tweets – May 13, 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.   School administrators, the craft has evolved over the past 20…

Improving Adult Practice

You read yesterday’s post, “The Quick Way to Improve Schools.”   Now you are thinking, “Ok, makes since. If I want to improve the performance of my school, I have to improve teacher practice in every classroom.”   How hard can that be?   Only the hardest thing ever. Because to change teacher practice in…

The Quick Way To Improve Schools

Excuse me while I scream into a pillow for a minute… Thank you.   I just had a conversation with a school leader who said, “But what I really need is a quick way to improve schools.”   There is only one way to quickly improve a school. Separate the students with superior wealth, connections,…

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…

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…

Don’t Be The Limiting Factor

I was recently talking to a good, young Principal whose campus is beginning to separate itself from its peers. This is a Title I campus that is now outperforming a number of non-Title I campuses in the area. The campus is buzzing and there is a new feeling of HOPE spreading throughout the staff and…

Managerial Efficiency / Leadership Failure

It should go without saying, but sadly, common sense is not common practice…   If you are in a leadership position and your staff is attending training, you have to attend and participate. At the campus level, this means that the Principal, Assistant Principals and Instructional Coaches attend teacher training.  At the district level, the…

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…

Top LYS Tweets – April 29, 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.   Leaders who stay optimistic, even under intense pressure, radiate the…

Great Isn’t An 8:00 to 4:00 Job

Recently, I was talking to a teacher that is applying for an Assistant Principal position. Her question, “Are there any “great” schools in XYZ School District.”   I said there were a couple of good schools but only one great school remaining in the district (which I named).   Her response, “I’m not applying to…

Top LYS Tweets – April 8, 20

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.   If you are not regularly talking to your people, you…

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…

The RTB Series – Conclusion: Review of Barriers and Interventions

Today we will complete our discussion of the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. To review, the primary barriers are:   Ignorance Lack of Training Habit Choice Fear Helplessness Obstinance   Below, I have built a chart listing some potential interventions for each barrier.  I hope you find…

Focus on the Test That Matters

I was working with a Texas secondary campus last Monday. On Thursday, district unit tests were scheduled, in STAAR tested courses. Planned instructional activities for the week were as follows: Unit test review on Tuesday; unit test review on Wednesday; administer the district unit on Thursday.   Here is the brutal math, a mere 5-weeks…

Top LYS Tweets – March 25, 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.   “Parents have every right to choose such schools for their…

Don’t Wait… Schedule Your Curriculum Mapping Camp Now

You have to have a map to reach your destination! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: ASCD Empower19 Conference; TASSP Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote)  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

The RTB Series – Part 7: Response to Obstinance

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 7 in The Response to Barriers Series – Obstinance.   The obstinate teacher just refuses to do “it;” whatever “it” may be.  As a…

The RTB Series – Part 6: Response to Helplessness

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 6 in The Response to Barriers Series – Helplessness.   Sadly, there are those in our profession who have given up hope. They truly believe…

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…

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…
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