Climate and Culture - How it Impacts Student Achievement

Here is a great article for you who have invested so much in enhancing and helping change your school culture. Please read if for no reason other than to know that your work is supported by research. This is just one of many articles that has made an impact on the work we have chosen to do with you and others like you.

"The Effects of School Culture and Climate on Student Achievement" a study by The International Journal of Leadership in Education

The interesting thing is this research and some of the work is over 15 years old. Why does it take so long for change to work its way through a school system?

Nevertheless, the research and results are clear--the road to sustainable student achievement IS through the climate and culture door. The sooner we believe this, the sooner our actions and attitudes and practices will support this belief system and the sooner our students can start their success journey on a positive and supportive environment.

Keep up your vision and your good work and remember, we are here to serve you! You can find more on this blog and on our Twitter page.

Understand the Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Want to develop a growth mindset in your students? Here's a short animation explaining the difference of a growth and fixed mindset.

Here's a great video to show your students about the importance of a growth mindset and how it will help them succeed.  Many of the messages in this video have been taken from the theorist Carol Dweck.

What are some more tips you have for creating a growth mindset in your classroom?

How To Multiply Your Time

Our friend Rory Vaden, just record this TED Talk.  Rory is a Self-Discipline Strategist and New York Times bestselling author and this video shows you why you can’t solve today’s time-management challenges with yesterday’s time-management strategies. More importantly he explains why procrastinating on purpose is the key to being able to Multiply your time.

The World's Best Teacher's Motto: Let Students Have Choices


For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers. At the Center for Teaching and Learning, the school day is driven by a simple motto: let kids have choices. Now Atwell's work and philosophy have earned her education's highest honor, the Global Teacher Prize. The NewsHour's April Brown reports.

Do you believe in her philosophy? Comment below.