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Learning from Failure

Learning from Failure

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The beginning of the year is wonderful. The world is very much defined by renewed enthusiasm and conviction to lead a better life in the new calendar year than the one led in the past. Twitter is a great place to see these proclamations of new focus and energy. The one word movement started by Jon Gordon has reached an enormous number of people and is profoundly important and revered in the educational community – where I spend the lion’s share of my time. As I spent time thinking about the future, I could not in good conscious jump forward without taking a look back. This exercise was healthy, but really painful. Every year I feel make progress as a leader, educator, and human being - just not enough. I…
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Top 10 Educational #GameChangers of 2017

Top 10 Educational #GameChangers of 2017

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As we draw to the end of the calendar year, I thought it an appropriate time to highlight the educators that are truly moving things forward in our profession. The true #gamechangers. The new-year is the time for hope and renewal. For many educators, this renewal is about focus and professional growth. So, this list is to highlight the best and brightest (in my opinion) in the world of education in hopes others follow their work and follow their lead in order to create a better tomorrow for our kids. I wanted to focus not solely on who is doing great work – there are literally thousands to mention in that regard – but this list is to recognize those that are really changing the game and leading us down…
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California League of Schools – Fall Conference 17

California League of Schools – Fall Conference 17

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I have had an incredible experience in San Diego thus far and I am sure it is going to continue to improve. What a great list of speakers and colleagues to connect. The #CLSFall17 conference has an incredible lineup of speakers and I am fortunate to be one of them. So glad I will be able to hear Julie Adams, Rosa Perez-Isiah, and Lavonna Roth (all on the same day). Click here to see the link to my presentation.
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IASA Superintendent of Distinction

IASA Superintendent of Distinction

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This past week I was named the Superintendent of Distinction for the NW region of IASA. As with all recognition, this is truly humbling. The fact that is a recognition provided by my peers that work around and directly with me makes it even more so. It is vitally important, however, that it is noted that I receive recognition almost entirely based on the work of others. Such is the nature of the Superintendency -- so, this award belongs to the faculty, staff, students, and Board of Education of Meridian 223 as much as it does to me.   http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171102/iasa-awards-distinction-to-meridian-cusd-superintendent
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Let’s Change the Conversation Surrounding Evaluation

Let’s Change the Conversation Surrounding Evaluation

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In the past few weeks I have been honored and privileged to be interviewed by Justin Baeder, Jason Leahy, and Randy Ziegenfuss to discuss Making Evaluation Meaningful. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my views and philosophies regarding evaluation and to (of course) promote my book. What I found amazing is that every time I am able to engage in deep conversation regarding this topic - one that I just spent months of my life writing about - I still learn and grow from the conversation. So, if you - like me - want to change the stigma, stress, and ineffectiveness of the teacher evaluation process - give these podcasts and/or interviews a listen when you have time. http://www.tltalkradio.org/season-4-episode-4-making-evaluation-meaningful-with-pj-caposey-podcast/ https://www.principalcenter.com/pj-caposey-making-evaluation-meaningful-transforming-conversation-transform-schools/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4wCT_1mXv8&sns=tw
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Industry Leaders Comment on Making Evaluation Meaningful

Industry Leaders Comment on Making Evaluation Meaningful

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Making Evaluation Meaningful   Re-evaluate your perspective on teacher evaluation to truly transform school performance! The tools, strategies, and reflections in this book provide realistic solutions to the problem faced by many schools: meaningless evaluation. A considerable amount of time, energy, and money is spent on the teacher evaluation process, yet the question remains whether it is truly transforming the learning of teachers and, therefore, students. This practical guide shows how evaluation can become the tie that binds all school improvement activities together to: Bring clarity and purpose to all educators making their roles more effective Improve teacher practice since they receive better support Increase student achievement and overall school culture     "For years, building leaders have been agonizing over teacher evaluations, pouring countless hours into a practice that…
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Interview with Larry Ferlazzo about Making Evaluation Meaningful

Interview with Larry Ferlazzo about Making Evaluation Meaningful

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PJ Caposey agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, Making Evaluation Meaningful: Transforming the Conversation to Transform Schools. Dr. PJ Caposey is an award-winning principal and superintendent who is an expert in teacher evaluation, school culture, personalized learning, and student voice. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @MCUSDSupe. LF: You talk about the importance of giving teachers feedback using a "why, how, what" formula. This seems to me to be a good strategy for teachers' giving student feedback, too.  Can you talk about this method, including an example or two? PJ Caposey: I stole this as my preferred method of communication from Simon Sinek's Ted Talk and I attempt to route all of my communication this way. I focus on the relevancy of the message first and then work…
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‘Irregardless’

‘Irregardless’

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(Amended re-post from 2 years ago) Please, for me, just stop. I realize we all have pet peeves, but there are some popularized phrases right now that are driving me crazy. Maybe it is me - maybe they were always popular. Maybe it is my issue - but over the past few weeks a handful of sayings are really driving me crazy. So, here are my Top 5 words and phrases we should cease using immediately. 5) No problem Think about it – do you ever answer ‘No problem’ to something that you really want to do? Of course not, seemingly nobody does. No problem is the default answer to someone who asks you to do something you do not want to do, but is only going to be a…
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