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A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com. Read more from this blog.

A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com. He is on Twitter @PeterMDeWitt.

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School & District Management Opinion You're an Educator. What Can You Stop Doing This Year?
Teachers and education leaders often feel stretched for time. Here are 9 ways to rethink your schedule.
Peter DeWitt, August 7, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How Do We Collaborate When Tensions Are Running High?
Conflict is all around us these days, but don't despair. Education and DEI leaders offer their ideas to foster collaboration.
Sean Slade, August 4, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Protocols That Can Shift Your Teacher-Leadership Meetings From Drab to Fab
Meetings are usually encounters in which adults talk at each other. They don't have to be like that.
Peter DeWitt, July 26, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Find What Matters. Get Rid of What Doesn't. Your Mental Health Depends on It
COVID should have taught us what's important. Did you make any changes in your life or the life of your classroom in the last two years?

Peter DeWitt, July 17, 2022
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Professional Development Opinion How Video Has Improved Instructional Coaching
Letting teachers see inside each other’s classrooms and practices has helped teacher development and school culture.
Sharon Boothe, June 21, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Are Schools Too Inclusive? Some People Think So
Acceptance of all children is a central mission of public schools—places where there's no room for hatred and fear.
Peter DeWitt, June 16, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion America's Obsessed With Guns and Violence. And Schools Are the Target
We don't just have a gun problem in this country. We have a violence problem.
Peter DeWitt, June 1, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion It's Time to Give Feedback Another Chance. Here Are 3 Ways to Get It Right
Teachers and school leaders have a love-hate relationship with feedback, but that's not feedback's fault. It's all in how we approach it.
Peter DeWitt, April 27, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion Tired of Uninformed School Board Candidates? Try Asking These Questions
Candidates who peddle fear mongering as the cornerstone of their platforms are often clueless about what really goes on in schools.
Peter DeWitt, April 19, 2022
8 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Mental Health Crises Are Bombarding Our Schools. Here's What We Can Do
Addressing these crises requires practical strategies. We need to make school a place that prioritizes community and healing.

Daniel Coles, Tala Manassah & Cassie Schwerner, March 27, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Can Schools Do as Trauma Continues to Rear Its Ugly Head?
When a student displays unacceptable behavior, educators could first turn to conversation instead of resorting to traditional discipline.
Lisa Meade, March 20, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion The World Is Always Uncertain. How Should Education Leaders Respond?
The pandemic is one example of the uncertainties our world has experienced, and it won't be the last. How will schools respond?
Sean Slade, March 13, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion Management vs. Instructional Leadership: Don't Get Caught Up in Dualistic Thinking
There is a constant debate focusing on instructional leadership vs. management. During this time, it's important to look beyond the debate.
Peter DeWitt, March 6, 2022
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Professional Development Opinion Education Might Be Awash in Jargon, But Don’t Ignore ‘Pracademia’
The term may help bridge the gap between research and its impact on student achievement.
Peter DeWitt, February 27, 2022
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