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Leslie Kinard, Ed.S.

Finish Strong: An After Spring Break Message for Educators

As we leave spring break behind, what message do you want to send to your community of learners? How will you prepare for the final few months of school? How you end is just as important as how you begin!... Continue Reading →

Keep Grinding: Encouragement from one leader to another

When life hits hardest, what do you do? When conflicts are mounting, what stance do you take? When you have given all you have and more is required, where do you find the strength? When you are tired and disillusioned,... Continue Reading →

Take Your One Word 2018 to the Next Level – With 1 Easy Step

Don’t Let It Fizzle Last year, I read the amazing book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page. It was a wonderful read, but most importantly it gave me a new way of... Continue Reading →

My New Principal First Quarter Report Card – A reflection on the first nine weeks

We use grades as a form of feedback. An “A” represents mastery of a concept or an idea – superior work in an area. At the other end of the spectrum, an “F” represents a lack of mastery or poor... Continue Reading →

I Hope You’re Uncomfortable #IMMOOC

Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was known for his ideas on change. One of his most famous quotes is “Everything changes and nothing stands still.” From this idea, he is attributed with the widely shared quote “Change is the only constant in... Continue Reading →

3 Key Ways Dynamic Educators Connect Their Lessons

Here are 3 key ways dynamic educators connect their lessons that will change your practice. Connect your lesson to the standard. Know what you want.  Knowing what you want to get from students and how to get them to demonstrate... Continue Reading →

Creating LIT “I Can” Statements

Creating L.I.T. (Linked, Informative, and Timely) "I Can" statements for students is one of the best things we can do as educators. Great "I Can" statements are closely aligned to the standard and help hold students and educators accountable for... Continue Reading →

Make It Work – A Look at “I Can” Statements for Secondary Teachers

“What are ‘I can’ statements, anyway” and “What’s the big deal?” These are typical questions for most secondary teachers who are trying to figure out how to meet the ever changing demands of education. Most districts are moving away from... Continue Reading →

It’s Okay to Let Go! Gradual Release for Secondary Teachers

Fisher and Frey have written and published a number of resources connected to gradual release of responsibility and have been sharing the benefits of this instructional framework for years. Many of us have benefited from gradual release when we were... Continue Reading →

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