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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.

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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Social Studies Opinion The Insurrection Highlights the Need for Civics Learning
What if the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol had received civics and anti-bias education in school? Would it have made a difference?
Jinnie Spiegler, February 22, 2021
8 min read
Leading for Racial Justice
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Equity & Diversity Opinion What Does Leading for Racial Justice Look Like?
On Feb. 10, A Seat at the Table focused on leading for racial justice. Our guests, Jennifer Cheatham and John Diamond, offered many impactful answers.
Peter DeWitt, February 14, 2021
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Student Achievement Opinion What Does COVID-19 Learning Loss Actually Mean?
COVID-19 learning loss is a big topic. Unfortunately, there has been limited discussion on specifically what is being lost.
Tommy Thompson, February 10, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion The Need for Media Literacy and Civics Education Isn't Just for Students
Lately, people have been calling for students to learn more civics education. Unfortunately, it may be the adults who really need it.
Peter DeWitt, February 3, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion Are You Contributing to Truth Decay?
Our political discourse, and what we search for online, is contributing to truth decay. It's time that it stops.
Peter DeWitt, January 24, 2021
6 min read
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Assessment Opinion To Keep Primary Students Learning and Growing, Start With Data
A district’s dedication to gathering and analyzing data provides stability in uncertain times.
Janice Pavelonis, January 17, 2021
5 min read
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Accountability Opinion What Should School Accountability Look Like in a Time of COVID-19?
Remote learning is not like in person, and after nine months of it, data are revealing how harmful COVID-19 has been to children's learning.
Peter DeWitt, January 10, 2021
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now
SEL has always been important, but it is now more important than ever. Here are three ways to help engage students right now.
Alex Kajitani, Tom Hierck, John Hannigan & Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan , December 21, 2020
6 min read
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Teaching Opinion Why Asking the Teacher Isn’t Always the Best Course of Action
During COVID-19, our conversations focus on the learning loss of students. We should be asking why the adults always control the learning.
Peter DeWitt, December 16, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Are We Compassionate Enough in Schools?
Compassion is often seen as a weakness, but schools should offer as much compassion as possible, and not just to students.
Matt Fleming, December 1, 2020
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Questions Every Leadership Team Must Ask
School leadership teams vary in size & structure, but there is one area that they should all focus on, and that is their instructional core.
Peter DeWitt, November 22, 2020
5 min read
Education Opinion Why Leaders Need to Develop Their Own Growth Mindset
Harvard's Richard Elmore has pointed out the "catastrophe" that is educational leadership preparation. We can all look to practice communities like Peloton to develop our skills, practice, and mindsets to help remedy that.
Peter DeWitt, November 15, 2020
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Federal Opinion The New Education Secretary Should Partner with Schools on These 15 Critical Issues
The presidential election brings great hope and an assurance that a new education secretary will be chosen. It's important that we have one that actually has teaching and leadership experience.
Peter DeWitt, November 8, 2020
10 min read
Early Childhood How Two Child-Care Centers Put Competition Aside and Created a Partnership During COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, two early-childhood centers put their competition aside to work together to support families during the pandemic.
Charles Dinofrio, November 1, 2020
7 min read