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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 The Word 'Supervision' Shouldn't Get a Bad Rap. Here's Why
"Supervision" implies power, which, if used wisely, can strengthen the principal-teacher relationship.
Kim Morrison Kazmierczak & Ann Mausbach, September 20, 2022
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Future of Work Opinion 6 Reasons Why We Should See Students as Changemakers
The future is very delicate. In this blog, Michael Fullan lays out 6 reasons why students should be seen as the changemakers to improve it.
Michael Fullan, September 6, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How A Texas Teen Turned Bias and Body-Shaming into Advocacy and Action
A 19-year-old student activist can teach educators lessons about how to inform and empower students.
Jinnie Spiegler, August 21, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion When It Comes to the Teacher Shortage, Who's Abandoning Whom?
Are teachers really leaving the school system or just an archaic model that we should all leave behind?
Michael Fullan & Joanna Rizzotto, August 15, 2022
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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
5 min read
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
7 min read
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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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