10 Ways to Beat Third Quarter Teacher Burnout

The period between Christmas break and Spring break can be a challenging time to keep students and teachers upbeat and positive about coming to school each day. These are the “gray days” of the school year and I am not immune to succumbing to these same feelings of burnout and just going through the motions. How…

Increase Your Chances at Making a Home Run Hire [Podcast #007]

One of the most important and challenging activities we go through as a school is hiring a new member of our staff.  This decision can have major implications on our team dynamics and impact the overall learning in our building.  Though, much like teaching itself, this process is as much art as it is science, and…

Importance of school pride with Leo Ganahl – Ferguson, MO [Podcast #005]

With the ever-increasing emphasis on accountability, data collection, and high-stakes testing the focus is often drawn away from those elements of our culture that have long made schools a central source of pride and community.  Leo Ganahl, principal at Halls Ferry Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District located outside of St. Louis, has a passion for his school and his…