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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.

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
5 min read
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
6 min read
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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
5 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Can Schools Do as Trauma Continues to Rear Its Ugly Head?
When a student displays unacceptable behavior, educators could first turn to conversation instead of resorting to traditional discipline.
Lisa Meade, March 20, 2022
4 min read
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School & District Management Opinion The World Is Always Uncertain. How Should Education Leaders Respond?
The pandemic is one example of the uncertainties our world has experienced, and it won't be the last. How will schools respond?
Sean Slade, March 13, 2022
8 min read
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School & District Management Opinion Management vs. Instructional Leadership: Don't Get Caught Up in Dualistic Thinking
There is a constant debate focusing on instructional leadership vs. management. During this time, it's important to look beyond the debate.
Peter DeWitt, March 6, 2022
5 min read
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Professional Development Opinion Education Might Be Awash in Jargon, But Don’t Ignore ‘Pracademia’
The term may help bridge the gap between research and its impact on student achievement.
Peter DeWitt, February 27, 2022
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Student Achievement Opinion Why We Can Feel More Optimistic About Learning
Michael Fullan believes we have reason to be more hopeful about education, even after the tough years we've had.
Michael Fullan, February 23, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion 5 Ways Rural School Leaders Can Create Workforce Opportunities for Students
The key to offering high-quality, work-based learning opportunities to students in rural areas is community building.
Charles V. Khoury, February 14, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Educators Can Learn From Wordle's Success
It seems like the world is playing Wordle, and teachers can learn a lot from that. It's the perfect balance of challenge and progress.
Thomas R. Guskey, February 8, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion Banning Books Is Not About Protecting Children. It's About Discrimination Against Others
Parents are pressuring schools to ban books. Is there anything more un-American?
Peter DeWitt, February 4, 2022
4 min read