Connections

What happens when leaders ask educators to connect with students? Turns out, it’s a lot like asking students to do work they haven’t learned––to expect deeper connections without new learning is futile. I honestly don't believe that…

Release the Unwanted Within You

As we all face the challenge of a global pandemic––as we separate from others but still look to connect, and as we feel its effects on our own lives and others’––perhaps we could all take a moment to pause, to consider who we are and…

Try Something!

This post is part of a continuing series by Ellen Perconti, superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State.   Students’ success stems from system capability. Over the years, our education system has been built for…

From Mission to Practice (Part 1): Change the Game

At first glance, it would be easy to see me as a poster child for our current education system. I have made a career of working in schools, and I am currently a principal of an elementary school in a high-performing school district considered…

Unmask the System, Unleash the Change

My one hope for schools is contributive learning––that students will all develop self-understanding, knowledge, competency, and lasting connections and, in so doing, add to the world. I’ve been on its trail throughout my career, and I’ve…

Powers for Good

Speaking with an early-ed teacher in Hawaii, he shared what his keiki (children) would carry on from his school, no matter what schools they moved on to from there. “We set them up to be leaders at their new school,” he said. “They make…

Success in School vs. Success in Life: An Action Plan to Bridge the Gap

This is the third post in a continuing series by Ellen Perconti, Superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State.   What is success? Over the last few months I've realized that this question is much more complex than…

A Contribution Solution

This post by The Learner First's Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane was originally published by Getting Smart.   Educational equity bears tremendous importance in traditional systems of learning. Everywhere, we dedicate significant time…

Teachers' Moral Injury

I recently came across an article from STAT that discusses the moral injury experienced by physicians – injury commonly misclassified as “burnout.” It argues that burnout is a wrongful diagnosis that speaks to a lack of resilience or resourcefulness,…

Continuing the Well-Being Journey: You Can't Give What You Don't Have

  Ellen Perconti is the Superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State. For an introduction to Goldendale, see the first post in this series here.   "You can't give what you don't have." I've heard this quote multiple…