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  • Common Core State Standards, Factors Influencing Student Achievement, Responsive Coaching, Teacher Evaluation, Autism

  • JP partners with schools and districts across the country to provide intensive professional development for scientifically-based programs.

  • JP Associates offers our sites grant writing assistance. Take advantage of our experience writing successful grant requests.

  • JP works with schools providing training on how to ameliorate teacher weaknesses brought to light through the process of teacher evaluation.
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Excuse-making is a failure pretending to succeed.

No one gets it right all the time. 

Excuses are the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.




A member of the team where I lead asked, “Why do I have to ask you for this every week?” I thought of several reasons, none of them good. Rather than offer an excuse, I apologized.


Don’t validate failure with an excuse.

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How to rally your community around education

Connectedness and supportive relationships are at the core of being human. We’re motivated to share our stories and learn from others with similar experiences and interests in order to create a greater sense of companionship. This creates the foundation for a productive and successful community.

At Peabody Charter Elementary, the same principles apply to our approach to education. Administrators, teachers and parents share one common focus as an education community: ensuring students’ success.

The students are what bring the community together. A student’s education is not only an investment, but also represents a long-term relationship between home and school that needs to be nurtured by parents and school leaders. A child’s education is often the longest relationship parents will have with an organization, and it’s a journey that parents, teachers and administrators should take together.

We spend considerable time and energy building the Peabody education community, and school leaders can explore these strategies as they strive to enhance their parent and community outreach initiatives:

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Leaders: Are You as Good a Listener as You Think You Are?

When I ask people to talk about the best boss they ever had, they always mention one quality—listening. The best leaders are good listeners. Our research shows that listening is a critical skill for developing people, building trust, and creating a meaningful connection. But be careful—we’ve also found that it’s common for direct reports to score their managers lower in listening skills than the managers score themselves. I’ve said many times that God gave us two ears and one mouth because he wanted us to listen more than we talk. Let me explain some of the fundamentals of effective listening in case you may want to sharpen your skills.


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Adjectives, Social Cues, Screens and More: What Scientists Know About Baby Brains

Roseberry Lytle earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Temple University, where she worked with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. Her research focused on the role of social interactions in infants' and toddlers' language learning and how social cues might help toddlers learn from screen media. We caught up with her after her session to ask her some more questions about the research coming out of the University of Washington institute.

The interview below has been edited for length and clarity.

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Foolish leaders use power and position to make others feel insignificant.

Humiliation motivates, but never in positive directions.

Showing disrespect invites disrespect.

Stealing someone’s dignity destroys passion and encourages disloyalty. You may feel you’ve won by putting someone down, but you always lose.

12 ways leaders humiliate others:

  1. Tying mistakes to character.
  2. Interjecting yourself into another’s public presentation.
  3. Pointing out flaws, mistakes, or shortfalls in public.
  4. “Innocent” sarcasm. Sarcasm is a coward’s way of saying what they really think.
  5. Assuming the worst, before exploring realities.
  6. Interrupting while someone is speaking.
  7. Asking questions that make subordinates look foolish.
  8. Giving unrequested advice, publicly.
  9. Making insignificant corrections and additions.
  10. Over-generalizing issues by using terms like “always.”
  11. Talking about someone as if they weren’t there.
  12. Stealing honor that belongs to another.

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