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“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~ Tom Peters

Are you in a leadership position? Did anyone on your team or being mentored by you get promoted last year? Is anyone who interacts with you growing at the same rate or greater than you are? My goal for 2015 is to develop more leaders and to accelerate their development.[…] Continue Reading »

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As a coach and workshop facilitator, I frequently get calls that sound something like this:

“I’m looking for someone who can give a workshop to my staff on the topic of _________. My plan is for us to do an introductory session in a few weeks and then follow up soon after with the next phase of the professional development.[…] Continue Reading »

For most of us in the field of education, summer is a time that we wait for all year. During the months of July and August (or, for some of our colleagues, June and July,) we relax and recharge. Perhaps we are doing some summer school teaching during these months or use the time to plan for next year.[…] Continue Reading »

After nearly a decade as a classroom teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools, I started feeling what all educators hope to avoid: burnout. It escalated to the point where I told my principal I would rather take a non-professional job at local fast food restaurant or retail story than continue teaching.

But from that low came an opportunity that would forever change my life on both a personal and professional level.[…] Continue Reading »

Nearly 100 educators and thought leaders flocked to the U.S. Department of Education headquarters June 6 to join #EdcampUSA, an “unconference” led by educators, for educators. Hundreds more joined the conversation via social media. Visit Storify to view tweets and pictures that captured the day. Educators built the schedule on the spot and volunteered to lead sessions on professional development, connected learning and digital trends.[…] Continue Reading »