In twenty-five years as a school and district administrator, I saw an incredible variety in teaching quality. That being said, I cannot identify a single pedagogy that is superior to all others. Instead, I have settled on two powerful elements common to all the great teaching I saw. Both elements…


Equity is one of those values that is easy to get behind. Everyone generally agrees with equity as an abstract concept, but it becomes a bit more difficult when trying to make equity a reality.

One of the difficult things about equity is that it is not equality. Equality is…


Every teacher I have ever worked with, or even met, has encountered parents who did not respond in the way they hoped when presented with information about the student and their progress. Obviously many parents responded in exactly the way they hoped — they deferred to the teacher’s expertise, asked…


Attendance has always been a point of contention in schools. We adults have certainly spent a great deal of energy regulating student attendance, but adult attendance has also been a problem. Adult attendance has become even more of an issue as the pandemic has put new stresses on people and…


Every classroom, school, and district has hidden curricula. With the notable exceptions of recent laws in Florida and Texas, the hidden curriculum is typically hidden out of ignorance, not intentionality. …


Any good educator knows the importance of routines for students. Students need to know that they are coming into a safe and reliably accepting space everyday. They need to know what to expect from their teacher if we expect them to trust and to learn. …


The opening of a new school year represents renewal in so many ways, to so many people. There is something about the first day of class, for children, teachers, parents, even for those without any direct connection to a school. …


Getting a business started is not easy. Even when things are moving along, making a bit of money and hitting some targets, there are any number of issues to contend with. One of the biggest issues has to do with keeping your talented staff and keeping them working hard to…


I’m sure we all have heard a great deal about the power of expectations. Whether you expect little of your team, or great things from them, you will be correct. Over the years I have discovered a different, more important, element of expectations.

The real power behind expectations is in…


I can’t tell you how many magic bullets I’ve read about — the special pedagogical key to being a great teacher. In every instance, I have found myself wanting for a more complete practice on what being a good teacher means. …

Laurence Spring

Public Educator: teacher, teacher trainer, assistant principal, principal, special ed. director, assistant superintendent, and 14 years as a superintendent.

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