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A couple of years ago, we commissioned an external review of our human resources functions in the Syracuse City School District. I noticed that our district needed to take a more proactive approach in seeking out the highest quality teacher candidates.

Our superintendent and the board of education based one of the primary goals of our 5-year strategic plan, Great Expectations, on the results of that review.[…] Continue Reading »

Welcome to SmartBrief Education’s original content series about the unique stories of teacherpreneurs. These are the innovative individuals confronting challenges, creating solutions and bringing them to market.

“The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system.” — Peter Thiel, Zero to One

“Sorry, that money is no longer available,” said the grant guru in our district office.[…] Continue Reading »

I’m a believer in the following statement:

“Development is something that happens to you; learning is something that you make happen.”

And, if like me, you believe in that statement, then you might wonder if “professional development” is really the best way to frame the learning we want all professionals to engage in.

The way I see it, “personal learning,” or “PL,” is a much better aspirational term or phrase to use.[…] Continue Reading »

Connectedness and supportive relationships are at the core of being human. We’re motivated to share our stories and learn from others with similar experiences and interests in order to create a greater sense of companionship. This creates the foundation for a productive and successful community.

At Peabody Charter Elementary, the same principles apply to our approach to education.[…] Continue Reading »

As part of SmartBrief Education’s coverage of educational leadership, we’ve teamed with ASCD to share Emerging Leaders‘ thoughts on key issues. These articles are written by educators, for educators.

Many of us have heard the Tom Peters quote: “Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.” Oftentimes, the way we create leaders is through the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that we communicate.[…] Continue Reading »