3 reminders for equity-focused leaders
During Hurricane Katrina, I was a new teacher. In 2020, I was a new principal. Here’s how these experiences shaped my approach to equity.
3 key leadership questions for Black History Month and beyond
With the humanity of our students at stake, we have to sit with some serious questions.
Planning for Black History Month? Here’s some inspiration.
Find resources to share with your teachers and ideas for schoolwide celebrations.
How our school retained educators of color
Here are 3 concrete practices that worked for us.
The single most important change we made to hire more educators of color
We have to commit to recruitment as part of our ongoing, year-round work.
How to Reject the “Achievement Gap” and Boost Our Belief in Every Student
We’ve been looking at the so-called “achievement gap” for decades and too often misreading it as a sign that some students innately do better, perform better or are just somehow better than others. Depending on your environment, that’s not something you might say out loud or take seriously as an idea. But it could still […]
7 ways principals can support LGBTQ+ teachers like me.
This was my first year of teaching, and even though it was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, it was a lot of fun. I’m excited to come back, largely because of the support I found in my administrators. As a non-binary person looking for my first teaching position, it was important to me to find a school […]
Here’s What I did When Student Stress and Conflict Rose
As a middle school principal, I’ve seen that sustaining behavioral expectations for my students is harder this year, and I’ve heard the same thing from fellow leaders. When my school started experiencing multiple behavioral conflicts every day, that was new territory, and I have to admit, I didn’t see the path forward right away. I […]
How Our Students Pushed Us to Rethink the Dress Code
When we reached the point in the pandemic when students could return to in-person learning, we wanted to make them feel like they could come back to the safest, most welcome space possible. We did away with rules about hats and headphones. We did away with all kinds of things in order to extend grace […]