Category: growth mindset

Building a Student-Centered School

Resisting the Urge to “Rescue” Students from Deeper Learning By Amy M. Dujon (originally published on Smartbrief) This is an exciting era in education. We’re all starting to realize that the most effective way to prepare learners for the uncertain demands of the new economy is to take a bold

#RiseGI: Igniting Student Ownership in Grand Island, Nebraska

By Theresa Staley The Jefferson Elementary School faculty, along with 255 K–5 students, are currently housed in a temporary location across the city, as a new site is under construction and will open in August 2020. Therefore, the teachers, coach, and school administrator, Mrs. Sheree Stockwell, have innovatively created a

What Is Truly On Your Plate: Transformative Principal Interview With Amy Dujon

We’re all familiar with the old script. The teacher stands at the front of the classroom lecturing, the students take notes, and then there’s an assignment. Unfortunately, that script can’t prepare today’s learners for success in college and the global workplace. As Principal of a Florida elementary school, LSI Practice

Five Statements That Guide a Team Toward Its Vision

By Dr. Jane Bartley Everyone knows the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A photo taken during an LSI Leadership Academy session captures the essence of that statement perfectly. Listed on a dry erase board are five statements that describe the work teacher teams in MSD Lawrence Township

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 1

By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often

Four Steps to Defining Your Legacy as a Teacher

“You have an enormous opportunity to change students’ lives.” —Michael D. Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International   By Theresa Staley Of all the things you do in this life, make it your mission to leave a lasting imprint on your students that’s so bold, it defines your legacy and resonates well