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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 A Principal's Assessment: 'We’re Not OK'
This school year is taking a toll. One principal explains why.
Lisa Meade, January 2, 2022
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Professional Development Opinion Embracing the Power of Video Use in Teacher Evaluations
Learn how one district championed using video for teacher reviews with the full support of its teachers' union.
Stephanie Hofer, December 14, 2021
5 min read
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Data Opinion How to Start Using Data to Achieve Equity for Students
Schools are awash with data but rarely do anything with it. One district started out by limiting the tools it uses.
Mackey Pendergrast & Erica Hartman , November 17, 2021
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Why This Assistant Superintendent 'Jumped Into TikTok With Both Goofy, Size 14 Feet'
An assistant superintendent joined TikTok, and in the process, it gave him an outlet to achieve better mental health.
Tim Dawkins, November 11, 2021
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Transformational vs. Instructional Leadership. Which Is Better?
Research has fomented a debate focusing on the impact of transformational vs. instructional leadership. Has COVID changed our minds?
Sean Slade & Alyssa Gallagher, October 28, 2021
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Professional Development Opinion When School Leadership Actions Contradict the Work We Expect to See in Classrooms
Districts often want to engage in the latest work that will impact student learning. Unfortunately, their actions go against that work.
Peter DeWitt, October 20, 2021
6 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Educators, It's Time to 'Declutter' Your Practice
Teaching people how to breathe is used to alleviate issues in school. Breathing is the start, but decluttering should be the next step.
Peter DeWitt, September 30, 2021
7 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion ‘A Culture of Care’: How Schools Can Alleviate Educator Stress This Year
It takes more than deep breathing to alleviate the stress teachers feel. Here's how to get to the root cause.
Sean Slade & Alyssa Gallagher, September 23, 2021
6 min read
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Professional Development Opinion If You’re Conducting PD, Seek Engagement With Educators
Professional development can seem one-sided when the facilitator has all the power. Pre-engagement surveys can effectively turn that dynamic around.
Peter DeWitt, September 14, 2021
4 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Educators, Be Future-Ready, But Don’t Ignore the Present
Being ready for what lies ahead is important, but we also need to gain a better understanding of the here and now.
Peter DeWitt, September 8, 2021
5 min read
Professional Development Opinion Developing Success Criteria With PD Participants to Engage in Deeper Learning
Success criteria show educators how we believe they will be successful at the end of a lesson. Let's involve them in the process.
Peter DeWitt, September 2, 2021
4 min read
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Anti-Bias Education and the Importance of Teaching About Systemic Oppression
As of right now, 26 states have introduced bills to restrict or limit the teaching of racism, sexism, and bias. What are they so afraid of?
Jinnie Spiegler, August 25, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion What Are the Elements for a More Impactful, Focused School Leadership Team?
Because of COVID-19, the stakes are even higher for schools this year. That means our school-based teams must develop their impact.
Peter DeWitt, August 17, 2021
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Professional Development Opinion 4 Essential Elements Needed Right Now to Engage in Leadership Coaching
Leadership coaching is growing, but there are some important elements to consider before anyone engages in a coaching relationship.
Peter DeWitt, August 2, 2021
6 min read