It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.

A classroom observation changed my life. “It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. As a middle school social studies teacher, I took a lot of pride in coming up with … Continued

What is Impact?

Recently, Leading Educators announced that Laura Meili will step into the role of Chief Impact Officer, a shift that will put greater focus on supporting partners to understand what’s changing in their schools in complex ways. This move comes at a critical time for the education community as school systems respond to the dual threats … Continued

We All Need Someone to Believe in Us

Meet LaKimbre Brown, Chief of Networks Dr. LaKimbre Brown recently joined Leading Educators as the new Chief of Networks. Throughout her 22-year education career, she has made equity, fairness, and belonging for students her personal mission. In this conversation, she shares about the experiences that have shaped her leadership and her vision. Adan Garcia: Let’s … Continued

Leading and Learning from a Distance

In Conversation with Morris Jeff Community School Leading up to March 16, 2020, there were whispers that New Orleans Parish Public Schools might have to close. The leaders at Morris Jeff Community School began to build a distance learning plan. Within the week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a directive for all schools to … Continued

‘Doing better’ in the classroom — conventional or virtual

“Would you rather eat fried spiders or pickled snakes?” Kelly Compher found that her North Godwin Elementary fourth graders were pretty well split on the matter, and for various reasons. “I would choose pickled snakes, because it has the word ‘pickle’ in it,” said one student. This exchange took place in a Google Classroom, but … Continued

Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lessons Learned From Tulsa Schools It is often said that school systems get the results they are designed to produce. Education leaders know that they need to enable key shifts in teaching and learning to make equity the reality for every student, but it can be challenging to know where to start. Our partners at … Continued

How We’re Making Tulsa a Great Place to Learn

Bryan Gibson is principal of Mitchell Elementary School at Tulsa Public Schools. Bryan has wide experience in education, spending time as a mental health counselor and a special education teacher before entering school leadership with the encouragement of his peers. He’s a first year member of the Empower cohort. We talked to Bryan about how … Continued

Teaching While Black and Male

“A majority of the nation’s public school students are students of color, but less than 20% of teachers are teachers of color — and only 2% are Black men.” — Source: The Education Trust and Teach Plus   Nicholas Cains is an Instructional Leadership Coach for the Empower program, Leading Educators’ partnership with Tulsa Public … Continued

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

SuLyn Weaver is a math educator of 19 years with Kentwood Public Schools in Greater Grand Rapids, where she also serves as a teacher leader. She is active on Twitter at @eunmi220.   This summer, my family didn’t take any big vacations or go to the beach. We did spend some time in the sun, … Continued

Taking Coherence Across the Chasm in Tulsa

Nearly one year ago, Leading Educators launched an innovative partnership with Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) to help teachers foster equity in the classroom by developing their practice.  Today, these efforts are the focus of a new publication, “Taking Coherence Across the Chasm”, which highlights the importance of adopting a coherent instructional approach and districts who … Continued