But What Does That Look Like?

Our school is wrestling with some difficult things right now. Difficult in an emotional sense. We’re not willing to let go of the importance of relationships, connectedness, and FUN that’s part of the entire school year (and usually part of the final few weeks of school). But what does this look like during a school closure? I love a good quote. I love hearing good answers during interviews too. I’ll often see or hear things pointing to the importance of establishing positive relationships in education. And you’ll never hear me arguing against the importance of either of these things. But what does this look like during remote learning? When I wrote Renegade Leadership, I described what a st

The Most Important Decision You May Never Make

Distance learning is no joke. I’m not sure about you, but there are days I crawl across the finish line (a.k.a. final Zoom meeting) mentally drained. I’m not sure what it is, but I have to believe there’s more at play than me simply experiencing “Zoom fatigue.” Here's what I'm thinking... Many of us are trying to take familiar pathways to new solutions. (This is difficult to do.) Others are trying to forge new pathways to familiar solutions. (This is not easy either.) Regardless of which part of your work is new and unknown, chances are good you’re also being impacted by additional stressors. These include increased urgency, more emotional connections to the decisions we’re making, and highe

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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