How do we make sense of adversity? We all face daunting intellectual, physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual challenges. Many of us rail against the pain associated with the challenge. We lament that it is too difficult, too overwhelming, too upsetting to handle. We interpret related experiences through this lens as we continue to spiral downward [...]Read More
Allison Zmuda works with a handful of long-term clients on multi-year projects to support their school improvement plans through focus on the instructional core and student achievement. Each phase of the project is developed to clarify the problem-situation, articulate the vision of success and create multiple pathways to advance staff learning. While every project is unique, there are four core principles fundamental to these partnerships.
- The job of educators is to cause student learning as defined by mission and curriculum goals.
- The entire school staff is accountable for the achievement of every student.
- The tasks students are assigned and the feedback they receive impact the quality of their thinking.
- The engagement of students is impacted by the strength of their relationships with staff and correlations between schoolwork and future success.
Four Core Principles
This past week, I traveled to the Upper Grand School Board in Ontario to provide feedback and guidance on the development of their curricular units. One of the most powerful moments happened on the fifth day with the Vocational Technology Education teachers. Now, I want to give a disclaimer right up front — I met [...]Read More
My son is a fifth grader now, dancing on the precipice between childhood (wanting to tell me every last detail about his day) and adolescence (where shrugging as he says, “nothing really happened”). He has seen over ten teachers or so in his career as a student, plenty of experience to develop his perspective about [...]Read More