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Learn Your Way Out: 3 Ways to Kickstart the Transformation Process

I believe transformation is possible for every educator. Though the journey is not a straight line, you can indeed become an educator who is engaged, empowered and enthusiastically motivated by  purpose. Albert Einstein shed light on a crucial concept that must be embraced for the transformation journey to begin, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” To see sustained transformation in the way you lead, teach and educate, you must adopt a new perspective. True change happens from the inside out. You can do three things today to kickstart your transformation process: Invest in yourself. Commit to personal mastery of what works.  You are your greatest asset. Take the time to find opportunities that will advance your skillset and expand your knowledge. Attend a Solution Tree Event. Commit to join me alongside other Solution Tree experts at a workshop, institute or summit this year! Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. I look forward to seeing you this month at The Summit on PLC at Work®! 2. Identify the beliefs that are driving your behaviors. What you believe determines when and how you act. If you’d like to change your actions, it’s …

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5 Transformative Questions Educators Should Ask

It’s the small decisions we make every day that produce the greatest transformation. Sustained transformation will not take place without intentionality.  To experience continuous growth year after year, we must have deliberate systems in place that directly support reaching our goals. My goal is to foster sustained transformation for teachers, administrators and school districts around the world by engaging their hearts and minds.  I am continually encouraged by educators who work tirelessly to improve our craft.  To help you combine your desire for growth with action.  I’ve designed five questions to support you in intentionally aligning your behavior with your beliefs. As you approach this new year,  consider these five transformative questions: Am I seeing the needs around me?  Commit to do the things you can do. Does a student in your room need extra encouragement? Can you provide an opportunity for a student to learn more in an area of expressed interest? Do I have a mentor’s mentality? Set a goal to build a relationship with your students and use what you learn to position them for success as a contributing member of society. Who can you take under your wing?  Am I studying my students? The more you learn …

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The Power of Service

One thing I’ve learned in my thirty years as an educator is the importance of life-long learning. It’s why my mission is to foster sustained transformation in education. We are always able to improve, learn and grow. As I think about the holidays and opportunities to serve all around us, I can’t help but reflect on the students we have the privilege of serving each day. This month, as we enter the season of giving, our focus is serving where you are. I want you to approach the notion of serving in a fresh, new way. As educators, serving is not something we do when we have it all together – when we obtain a higher level of education or work in a trouble-free environment. Serving is a daily commitment to be fully present, to leverage our own talents to support the development of our students’ gifts. This continuous student-educator partnership gives us a platform to impact the community and world. When we are dedicated to the daily work of nurturing the gifts within our students, we enter a state of serving that never ends. Serving is cyclical. We commit daily to use our gifts to steward the next generation, …

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Leadership: A Matter of the Heart

 I’ve always thought of February as a month of emotion. My thoughts and activities are centered around ways I can express to my family and friends how deeply they are loved. As I’ve come to know how the people in my life think, what they appreciate and how to best meet their needs, I take time to select the gifts that will benefit each recipient.  Education, in its truest form, is an emotional undertaking that involves trial and error, struggle and success . Students are at the center of our calling to educate, and the relationship we foster with them is essential to their capacity to receive the knowledge we share and use it to carve a path for their future.  This month, our focus is the heart of education. One of our main goals as educators is to always be connected to the heart of what we do or to the students we have been given the privilege to teach.  I’m continually inspired by the perspective of Timothy Kanold in his bestselling book, Heart:  “The heart of our classrooms, our school and our district seems to be the way we should measure our professional journey. Otherwise, why would we …

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Inspiration – Becky Dufour

As we prepare for the PLC 2019 Summit, my heart is overflowing with gratefulness. A year ago Becky Dufour, a dear friend and mentor stood at the back of the large ballroom as I gave my keynote speech. Although she will not be present tomorrow, as I look around the room full of educators and those who care about education, I know her work continues not only through me but many others. Inspiration takes many forms. Sometimes it is a photo, a song, or a still small voice. For me, it is a sweet memory of a kind spirit who was sure to notice all and never ever give up. She was simply beautiful inside and out. So for all in attendance at the PLC 2019 Summit, we a mission to fulfill and a message to deliver. Every child in our care is worth fight for. Becky Dufour believed in each of you and worked hard to prepare a place for you – even though she did not know you by name. Today, I call you forth! Educators – take your place, inspire your students to learn, expect them to better humanity, and demand their very best. In memory of …