Educational Directions Blog

Ed Directions coaches and leadership team encounter lots of educational challenges in the schools we partner with.  Read more about how to overcome some of the more common challenges that we have helped schools overcome.

Academic Leadership

The Academic Leadership Year – Part 2

Once we have established where students are expected to be as learners and performers by the time they take a test or transition to the next year – we then facilitate the school’s analysis of current status. This can vary from state to state depending on the nature of, and

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Academic Leadership

The Academic Leadership Year – Part 1

There are lots of things for school leaders to do between the time students leave school to the time they return for the next year, and they are all important. Some of these things relate to personal survival (e.g. vacation time, personal professional development, etc.). Many relate to management responsibilities

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Test Prep Planning

Test Prep Planning – A Self Analysis for Schools

Ed Directions continues to emphasize the importance of preparing students to work at the level of the state assessment. We’ve also emphasized mastering the formats and venues they would face on the assessment whether they’re going to have an assessment this year or take an assessment that will count. This

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Student Mental and Emotional Health – Part 2

In our first mental health blog we identified an abbreviated list of pandemic related conditions that could create stresses and anxieties that will ultimately cause mental and emotional issues for students. We looked briefly at issues within current mental health plans in schools that we are currently training or coaching

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Student Mental and Emotional Health – Part One

For the last five years or so, Ed Directions planning teams have been studying the impact of mental and emotional issues on student learning and student performance. We found that there is research dating back to the 1960’s that relates student mental and emotional issues to underperformance in school. In

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Become a quantum business with the Five-Legged Model of Performance

In the past, many organizations and business leaders used a reductionist view of the way things work inside their companies, adding the individual parts (i.e., departments, supply chain, etc.) to equal what they thought was the sum of the whole. However, in modern times, many thinkers have developed new processes

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What we can learn from the K-12 education pandemic response

The classroom has many lessons it can teach the boardroom. Five years ago, I wrote a series of chapters in the book HOPE for Leaders Unabridged on what the business world could learn from K-12 education. As business gets ready for the post-pandemic world, there are new lessons on mental

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Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 8 – Critical Thinking

When the Ed Directions coaches started working with schools, they were working with schools that had been identified as “in decline” or “in crisis.” They were given labels because of scores that their students had earned on a very rigorous state assessment of all content areas. As we started working

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Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 7 – Social Studies

While there are “smart student characteristics” that are common to all disciplines and all grade levels, there are some characteristics that indicate proficiency in a given area of study or discipline. In social studies, there are a large number of “disciplines” that may be tested in a tremendous amount of

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Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 6 – Science

While there are “smart student characteristics” that are common to all disciplines and all grade levels, there are some characteristics that indicate strength in a given discipline. In science, for example, there are a number of variables that determine whether or not a student will develop as a “proficient” science

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