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…

A PLC of 1, Isn’t

Blog Post – A PLC of 1, Isn’t I see this a lot in small schools, which means I see it a lot since small schools are more common than large schools.   As instructional leaders, it is hammered in to us that we should do everything possible to reduce the number of teacher preps.…

The Response To Barriers (RTB) Series – Part 1: Response to Ignorance

Over the course of the next two to three weeks we will identify and address the seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership. I present to you Part 1 in The Response to Barriers Series – Ignorance.   The first barrier to changing instructional practices is ignorance, meaning that…

PowerWalks Hero Schools – August 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.  Since…

A Reader Writes… School Performance – The Big Picture, Part 3

After reading the 6/12/18 post, “School Performance – The Big Picture, Part 1” and the 6/13/18 post, “School Performance – The Big Picture, Part 2,” an old school LYSer shares the following.   It’s still perplexing to me that people think that it’s “other factors” outside of the day-to-day on-campus leadership that makes the difference in…

PowerWalks Hero School (March 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.  Below…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (November 2017)

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.  November…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (September 2017)

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.  September…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (August 2017)

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.  Since…

A Principal’s Field Report… It’s Happening!!!

A LYS Principal share the following: SC, I just completed a formal observation on one of my teachers.  I’m darn near giddy! The teacher embedded the Fundamental 5 throughout her lesson. This wasn’t for show, it was completely natural. In our PLC meeting teachers are talking about their two deepest holes. Not as a complaint…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (February 2017)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (January 2017)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero School (December 2016)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (November 2016)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (October 2016)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (September 2016)

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.  For…

Legendary Leadership Badge (May 2016)

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 (May 2016)

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.  For…

Do You Want Grades or Information

There are way too many campus-based educators who hate and openly fight the short-cycle common assessment process.  A primary motivation for this behavior is that these educators value good grades over good information. If you want grades, common assessments are not the way to go. Instead you should go with the traditional test comprised of…

PowerWalks Hero Schools – March 2016

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.  For…

The Principal Platinum Standard

“Nationally, I’m known as E. Don.” When I heard that comment twelve years ago that was when I realized that that my friend and mentor in my little world, also operated on a much grander scale. Don Brown is an anomaly. Has was principal in an era when rubric for the exceptional principal was fairly…

Legendary Leadership Badge (February 2016)

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 2016)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero School (December 2015)

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.  For…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (October 2015)

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.  For…

PLC Schedule

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, This summer I heard you mention that PLCs should operate on a predictable schedule and meeting topic cycle.  This has become a brain-worm.  Please explain this to me. SC Response First, I am a PLC proponent.  Second, I would argue that PLCs on most campuses are a waste…

A Reader Asks… Teacher Practice Targets

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, When you last presented in our district, I recall a document that showed targeted observation frequencies for many of the practices that can be observed during a PowerWalk.  Would you mind sharing those targets again? Thank you. SC Response No problem, but do remember that what I am…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 7, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of August 7, 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. Congratulations to LYSer, Rite Pintavalle! She is…

Legendary Leadership Badge (May 2015)

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 (May 2015)

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. In…
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