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A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and independent consultant, 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 independent consultant, 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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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
5 min read
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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
6 min read
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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
6 min read
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
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School & District Management Opinion School Leaders Were Asked About Their Stress Levels. Here's What They Told Us
Educators are under an enormous amount of stress, but school leaders do not always feel like they can talk about theirs.
Peter DeWitt, October 24, 2020
7 min read
Education Opinion There's a Better Way: Trust-Based Observations
Teacher observations have long been seen as a waste of time because they provide little effective feedback. Trust-based observations take the challenges of observations into consideration and improve them.
Peter DeWitt, October 18, 2020
6 min read
Education Opinion 4 Powerful Ways to Engage Students This School Year
The opening of the 2020 school year has been stressful for so many teachers, students, and families. Here are four rules of student engagement that will help us connect better with our students.
Peter DeWitt, October 11, 2020
7 min read
Education Opinion How Team Walk-Throughs Can Engage Educators in Remote Learning
We are all worried about learning loss during COVID, but one of the ways we can develop a better understanding of combating that is through team walk-throughs.
Peter DeWitt, October 4, 2020
6 min read