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Educators: It's Time to Get Your SH*T Together This Summer!

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 To all of my school friends! Summer is a great time to recharge or, as this graphic I found suggests, to get your SH*T together! Self-care: Take time to nurture yourself. Whether it's reading a book, enjoying a spa day, or simply relaxing, self-care is vital to recharge your batteries. Happiness: Find what brings you joy and make it a priority. Spend time with loved ones, engage in hobbies, and do what makes you smile. Inner peace: Practice mindfulness or meditation to center yourself. A few minutes of quiet reflection each day can make a big difference in maintaining balance and calm. Time management: Plan your days to make the most of your summer. Whether it's scheduling activities or setting aside time for relaxation, good time management will help you feel more in control and less stressed.

“One Team, One Dream: And a Whole Lot of Coffee”

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  “Beyond Slogans: Our Commitment to EVERY Student’s Achievement” or “One Team, One Dream: And a Whole Lot of Coffee” “Education is not just an opportunity; it is a fundamental right that demands our unwavering commitment to every child’s success.” So, I have a plan with over 200 topics mapped out for blog posts, but sometimes I see something or think of something that I need to write about immediately. That was my experience this afternoon…  I walked past this school district vehicle from a rural district in California. “Whatever it takes…our kids are worth it,” embodies a powerful commitment to student success. This mindset is essential in education, where the stakes are incredibly high. To honor this commitment, we must recognize that achieving proficiency in literacy and numeracy is not just a lofty goal but a fundamental RIGHT for every student. Education must be held to the highest standards, much like any critical profession. Just as we expect a surgeon to have the c

“At the Forefront of Innovation: Educational Consultants and the AI Revolution” Or “Teaching the Teachers: When AI Goes to School”

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“At the Forefront of Innovation: Educational Consultants and the AI Revolution” Or  “Teaching the Teachers: When AI Goes to School” "Stepping into the future of education means embracing AI—not as a distant future, but as a present partner. Let's not just adapt to change; let's lead it!" As I look back on the late 90s and early 00s, I remember the  impact the internet had on education and in my schools. Now, we're on the edge of another revolutionary innovation: AI. AI promises to reshape education in ways we can't even fully grasp yet. This is a pivotal moment for independent educational consultants and coaches. We must embrace the rapid pace of AI development or risk becoming obsolete. The old adage rings true: "If you are not seated at the dinner table, you are probably on the menu." It's necessary that we plan, innovate and grow alongside AI advancements to remain relevant and effective in our roles. The future is bright, but only if we are a

Breaking News: Silver Bullets for Student Learning Found! (Spoiler: They're Actually All Glitter)

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  Breaking News: Silver Bullets for Student Learning Found! (Spoiler: They're Actually All Glitter) Or Marketing vs Research: How Do Educators Make PL&D Decisions? Or Why We Need to Rethink How We Support Professional Learning for Schools and Educators Part One! “When all is said and done, more is usually said than done.” -Lou Holtz Part of the “Barriers to Professional Learning & Doing” series… In my almost three decades in education and with the many schools I’ve worked with, it’s obvious that almost every education organization out there is seeking the “Silver Bullet” to support increased student learning. We seem to be enamored by the “newest thing” in education, usually some type of curriculum or approach that promises big returns. These “Silver Bullets” tend to be 1) flashy (or glittery!) or 2) have deep marketing budgets (hello big publishers!). Unfortunately, the marketing and excitement often overshadows the research and effectiveness behind the newest thing.  We o

"Research on Small Group Effectiveness" (OR "The Power of Few: Reflecting on the Impact of Small Group Instruction""

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  "Small group instruction: where learning is personal, engagement deepens, and understanding grows." I am working on organizing my thoughts around Small Group Instruction. But I wanted to post this summary of three research-based finding of small groups.  Research used in Small Group post above (D isclaimer: Summaries written with AI) 1. National Institute for Literacy (2008) : This comprehensive report, "Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel," highlights the effectiveness of systematic, small group instruction for improving key early literacy skills, including phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, and the development of early reading skills. The research suggests that small group settings allow for tailored instruction that meets the unique needs of each student, significantly boosting early literacy outcomes compared to whole-class instruction.    Reference: National Institute for Literacy. (2008). Developing Early Literacy: Rep

"Embracing Change in Education: Overcoming Contraction Bias” Or "Future-Proofing the Flock: When Sheep in Educator's Clothing Resist the New Wool"

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  "In the classroom, the only constant is change, but our brains might be playing tricks on us, convincing us that new teaching strategies are just old wine in new bottles. Let's debunk this myth and dive into the curious world of contraction bias—where progress may be more than we think." Part of the “Barriers to Professional Learning & Doing” series… First, my introduction to the Contraction Bias (CB) Support Group:   Me: “Hello, my name is Robb and I have CB”   You: “Hello, Robb”   What the heck is CB? It stands for “Contraction Bias” and it’s one of the reasons why we aren’t making headway in education reform in our districts and schools. I’m worried that I may have been part of the problem! [Enter sad face here!]   Let’s talk about this for a second…   What is Contraction Bias?   According to ScienceDirect, “One commonly observed perceptual distortion is the contraction bias - the tendency of observers to underestimate stimuli that are larger than expectations an