Avoid the winter burn-out!

Article by Katie Currens

Being a teacher is stressful, and this is the time of year when many of us experience the most stress: short days and long nights moving into February tend to make us feel down. I know all too well the exhaustion of being in a classroom. When I was a teacher, my instructional coach helped me manage my day to day stresses through organizational strategies and modifying my instructional practices. Now that I have stepped into a coaching role, I have a new perspective on this all-too-familiar fatigue. As teachers, we have teams and colleagues that understand the stress we deal with, but how can we find a balance to help us manage our stress? What do we do if we’ve tried adjusting our classroom practices yet still feel “burned out”?
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Novelty

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Novelty” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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Inspiration, The Podcast: Joy

Do you want to breathe new life into your classrooms? Check out our free podcast on “Joy” from our “Inspiration” series (embedded below). If you want to learn more, click here to sign up for our new PD scheduled on January 26, 2017. Administrators and teachers will not only learn new strategies and examples for infusing classrooms with inspirational traits, they will also leave with one of our new teaching guidebooks, Inspiration: Breathing New Life into Classrooms (included in registration fee), designed to help teachers (and schools) transform their practice.
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A Two-Day Learning Experience: The Midwest Leadership Summit

By Gale Jorgensen and Dorothy Reynolds

On June 8th and 9th, we had the opportunity to work with over 300 school and district leaders from Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties at the Midwest Leadership Summit held at Princeton High School. What an inspiring event!
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New Favorite Tech: ThingLink

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We live in an age where there is no shortage of online tech for teachers to use in their classrooms – but, sometimes, I stumble across something that strikes me as truly remarkable. Enter ThingLink.
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Getting to know the neighborhood

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NPR recently sat down with Christopher Emdin to talk about his new book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… And the Rest of Y’All Too. You can read a summary and listen to the interview here, or you can read a transcript here. The article starts off recounting a time Emdin got in trouble for acting like a “clown” in school. The teacher was annoyed that Emdin had quickly jumped under his desk after a door slammed in the hallway. What the teacher didn’t know was that Emdin’s apartment had a shooting outside just a few days earlier, and Emdin’s action was instinctual, and based on fear. He thought the slamming door was gunfire. This anecdote really accentuates the divide that can exist between teachers and their urban students.

Social Emotional Learning: A Conversation with LaMarque Ward, CEO of Dream Builders University

CUES-Cast, Season 1, Episode 3: Interview with LaMarque Ward about his company, Dream Builders University, and the work they do in schools to promote social emotional learning. To learn more about Dream Builders University, visit them on the web: http://www.dreambuildersuniversity.com/
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The Humble Learning Leader

Article by Paul Smith, Director, CUES
In the mist of various leadership qualities that have emerged in the research over the past decade, leadership styles – as applied to the educational setting – have been addressed frequently. The idea of effective leaders being humble is not new. Jim Collins, in his book Good To Great, characterized Level 5 leaders, the highest level in a hierarchy of executive capabilities identified in his research, as “a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless.” He goes on to state, “Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company.” So how does one operationalize humility in the classroom and schoolhouse?
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Give Credit for Teacher Leadership (Literally!)

Most of us need to earn some sort of continuing education credits in order to renew our licenses every so many years. I’ve seen districts all over the spectrum with regard to supporting (or not supporting) teachers through this process: some schools leave teachers to their own devices; some offer periodic certificates to help cover the necessary contact hours; some offer comprehensive professional development services completely free of charge. Invariably, though, each year there are teachers who fail to meet their recertification requirements, dropping to long-term sub status and pay. Enrolling in graduate level courses can be the fastest way to earn credits, but too many of us already shoulder too much student debt! We need an easy way to get free CEU’s for teachers.
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