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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, …