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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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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
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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
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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
7 min read
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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
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Adults Are Banning Classroom Topics. Perhaps They Should Allow Students to Explore Them?
Instead of banning conversations on critical issues, we should use project-based learning to encourage students to see all sides.
Peter DeWitt, June 27, 2021
6 min read
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Assessment Opinion It's Time We Begin Using Assessments to Look Forward, Instead of Back
Schools do not get much value from high-stakes tests. Many are now allowing schools to use better assessments to guide student learning.
Seth Feldman, June 20, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Are Our Schools Any Closer to Equity?
Schools are trying to focus on equity, but a slew of new legislation is preventing that focus from becoming a reality.
Sean Slade & Alyssa Gallagher, June 13, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Let’s Not Forget the Effect the Pandemic Has Had on Our Teachers and School Leaders
As we focus our attention on coming out of this turbulent year, we need to focus on the mental health of teachers and school leaders.
Sean Slade & Alyssa Gallagher, May 23, 2021
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Stress, Anxiety, Initiative Fatigue … Oh My! Perhaps It’s Time to 'De-Implement'?
We see an increase in stress and anxiety that educators feel but never do anything about it. It's time to talk about de-implementation.
Peter DeWitt, May 16, 2021
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Professional Development Opinion How Can Coaches Use a Cycle of Inquiry to Establish Themselves and Help Others?
A cycle of inquiry can both help coaches establish themselves and help those they coach develop areas of improvement.
Peter DeWitt, May 9, 2021
10 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Young People Have a Desire to Save Their World. How Can We Help?
Young people have an interest in learning and an innate desire to be part of saving society. Why do adults stand in the way?
Michael Fullan & Joanne Quinn, May 2, 2021
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