Tag: leadership

Amy Dujon

Amy Dujon’s Gritty Truth of School Transformation: An Interview with Principal Center Radio

As Principal of a Florida elementary school, LSI Practice Leader Amy M. Dujon empowered each of her teachers to become highly skilled at releasing ownership of learning. The result? A building comprised entirely of rigorous, student-centered classrooms. During the process, Dujon found herself focusing on what students (not teachers) were doing. In this

Schools for Rigor: Spotlight On Bear Creek Elementary School

Bear Creek Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida has shattered expectations over the past few years, having quickly moved from a “D” to an “A” in the state accountability system. Principal Willette Houston’s leadership is at the forefront of the progress. On December 12, we had the pleasure of hosting

Making Long-Lasting Impressions on Teachers and Students

School Superintendent Julia Espe likes to refer to a quotation from Israeli teacher Haim Ginott: “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” For the past several years, Espe has been endeavoring to ensure that whatever “falls” on the students in her Princeton, Minnesota school district

Guest Post: Principal-ed Leadership

By Lillie G. Jessie, author of the Quick Reference Guide, 10 Principal’s Principles for High Performance in Diverse, Low-Income Schools Dr. Jeff Howard of the Efficacy Institute once wrote an article asking educators, “Whose Children Are These?” Until you can answer, “Mine,” he said, we’ll never achieve high levels of student

Academic Press and Supportive Culture: Key Components of School Improvement

By Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. In this book, we establish that there is an essential school improvement algorithm, one that is both simple and elegant: School Improvement = Academic Press + Supportive Community The equation represents the core of school improvement work in the modern era. Another parsimonious model for this