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A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. Former superintendent Michael Nelson is a frequent contributor. Read more from this blog.

Peter DeWitt is the founder and CEO of the Instructional Leadership Collective. A former public school teacher and principal, he now facilitates professional learning in the United States and abroad based on the content of many of his best-selling educational books. Former superintendent Michael Nelson is a frequent contributor to this blog. He is the co-leader of ILC and a former superintendent who has been an educator for more than 40 years.

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School & District Management Opinion 4 Things School Leaders Should Do Before Setting Priorities
Sweeping language doesn't offer a road map for the school community. Here's why.
Peter DeWitt & Michael Nelson, June 13, 2024
4 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Why Are So Few Educators Aware of Research in Their Own Field?
Many educators lack the knowledge base built by important researchers, stalling progress in the field, writes Thomas R. Guskey.
Thomas R. Guskey, May 28, 2024
4 min read
Mike Nelson reads to his students.
Mike Nelson reads to his students.
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Families & the Community Opinion What Student Impacted You Most as a Young Teacher?
Paying attention to students and their families can provide some of the most valuable lessons to teachers.
Michael Nelson, May 22, 2024
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School & District Management Opinion 8 Steps to Revolutionize Education
Artificial intelligence is just one of the ways that educators can create a system "breakthrough," explains Michael Fullan.
Michael Fullan, May 8, 2024
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Career Advice Opinion Are School Leaders Contributing to Their Own Stress and Burnout?
Focusing too much on your work often comes at the expense of well-being. Here's how educators can regain work-life balance.
Peter DeWitt, May 2, 2024
3 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion To Boost Student Mental Health, Support Teachers
Once extra federal aid vanishes, teachers will be faced with serving in the role as ill-equipped mental health professionals.
Beth Fisher, April 22, 2024
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Want a Leadership Edge? You Already Have What You Need
School leaders are faced daily with challenging situations. Here's how to prevent the tail from wagging the dog in responding.
Danny Bauer, April 8, 2024
4 min read
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Classroom Technology Opinion Get to Know the ABCs of Generative AI. It Could Power Your School Systems
Education leaders can't turn a blind eye to this revolution in technology. Here's how you and your schools can get on board.
Kim Fry, March 19, 2024
5 min read
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Teaching Opinion Student Laziness Is a Myth. Here's Why
Holding fast to the idea that students are lazy leaves no room for understanding what got in the way of their success.
Kyle Coppes, March 13, 2024
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Debunking 5 Myths of Self-Awareness in School Leadership
Leaders must understand their strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and impact on others if they want to be effective.
Peter DeWitt & Michael Nelson, March 3, 2024
5 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Are Your Staff Meetings Unfocused and Disjointed? Try These 5 Strategies
Too often, staff meetings do not focus on learning, which is a lost opportunity. Here's how to make them more meaningful.
Michael Nelson & Peter DeWitt, February 25, 2024
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion 5 Reasons Why Education Leaders Avoid Controversial Topics
Understanding why we shy away from challenging conversations can be a path toward empathy and an opportunity for learning.
Peter DeWitt, February 20, 2024
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Science Opinion High-Quality Science Instruction Should Be 3-Dimensional. Here's What That Looks Like
Cookie-cutter lab assignments that ask students to follow explicit instructions to reach the "right" conclusion limit learning.
Spencer Martin, February 12, 2024
4 min read
School & District Management Opinion How About an 'Un-Resolution'? 10 Low-Value Practices School Leaders Should Abandon
Educators seem to be better at adding to their workload instead of subtracting. Make this year one that focuses on de-implementation.
Peter DeWitt, January 31, 2024
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