P.S. Here is a list of titles that have immediately gone on my To-Read List:
- Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road, the Original Scroll
- Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time
- Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
2. 10 Truths About Building School Teams by Elena Aguilar
As ELA department chair, the two areas of focus for me this year are:
3. Who you are as a leader has the greatest influence on a team.
Your emotional intelligence as a leader is the key knowledge and skill set from which all others emerge. Leaders must learn to recognize and manage their emotions — and recognize and manage the emotions of others. We need to make friends with feelings. They exist. The more we battle or avoid feelings, the bigger the mess. When we meet them head on, we can make progress toward building healthy teams and meeting the needs of kids.
9. Communication between team members is the thread that connects everything.
It always comes down to what we say and how we say it. But teams in schools never seem to pause and discuss the kind of communication that we aspire to have. We complain to each other off line, we bemoan the grumpy colleague or the one who dominates conversations, but we never deal with it head on. It’s time. We need to address communication in teams — down to the granular level of the words that we use with each other.
NACAC’s [the National Association for College Admission Counseling] own research has found that some schools are considered “selective” because of their lofty SAT or ACT average scores. But it’s not at all clear whether performance on those tests is a reliable predictor of future academic success.
4. The Re-Debut of “Reading Rainbow” on Netflix on August 1st via Upworthy.com
5. Key and Peele