2020 Florida Principal of the Year – Sarajean McDaniel (PART 1)

This is the first part of our two-part interview with Sarajean McDaniel. Learn how William D. Moseley Elementary School overcame severe behavior issues, habitually low-performance, and high teacher turnover to become a fast-developing, thriving, C-grade school in just one year. How did your journey begin as the Principal at Moseley?

Lessons Learned: Reaching Families for Equity and Student Achievement

Educators and families have high expectations for themselves and each other and both feel overwhelmed when their students aren’t succeeding.  On occasion, differences involving culture, perception and perspective, cause assumptions and misunderstandings that can make communication and partnership efforts complicated. With this understanding, I’ve come to learn a few lessons

Family engagement and student achievement

What Does Family Engagement Have to Do with Equity and Student Achievement?

There is no question that teachers deserve the lion’s share of the credit when a student learns to read, write and grasp any academic concept covered during the school day. In fact, research and every respected education leader in the Country, will confirm teachers are the most important factor regarding

Using Classroom Technology as a Tool, Not a Crutch

By Michael D. Toth, coauthor of The Power of Student Teams. Originally published in Education Week. Technology provides many powerful opportunities to support student learning, but sometimes it can be used as a crutch rather than as a tool. Here are a few guidelines that educators can consider to ensure

FTEM Newsletter: Planning for Success and Using the Protocols to Plan

You are reading a post from the the Learning Sciences International (LSI) monthly FTEM newsletter helping to inform current users of the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model on the best practices for effective evaluation. Planning for Success Why is planning the first step to success? Best Practice: Using the Protocols to