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Leading During the Pandemic

If there are any lessons we have learned during this pandemic, it is how empathy, strong relationships and a "can-do" attitude can allay concerns and calm anxieties.  Effective leaders, though, do more than help others feel better.  They learn, make decisions, instill hope, and grow personal agency into a collective force. 

Five practices, adapted for the context facing our districts and schools, can serve as reminders:

The School as the Main Site for Teacher Learning

Pia Durkin Interview with Mass Insight

RBT's Pia Durkin speaks about her new book on district leadership, The Superintendent’s Work with Principals, Improving Instruction and Achieving Results This book presents candid, realistic, and valuable “go-to” resources for dealing with the range of responsibilities that comprise the work of high-level leaders.  Using a framework to help analyze a leader’s assets and barriers to spending productive time in classroom

One Good Thing Won't Make Enough Difference

One good thing won’t make enough difference.

On the interdependence of initiatives for equity in education

  • If I get teachers to understand racism more deeply and commit to ending it but don’t develop culturally responsive teaching and skillful teaching, it won’t make enough difference.

How Movements Succeed


Look over your shoulders, social justice advocates, and plan for the long term. 

Movements succeed when they manifest in law and policy. Demonstrations and measures of a shift in public opinion are benchmarks on the road, not evidence of the success of a movement.  Movements that succeed focus on organizing, advocacy, lobbying, and activism to reach policymakers.

Self-Care is Never Selfish, By Rick Rogers


Creating a Breathing Space 

RBT Newsletters

Archive of RBT's monthly newsletters

Vulnerable and Strong at the Same Time

"Over the last 40 years, I have been working directly with instructional leaders -- principals, instructional coaches, and the central office personnel who supervise principals -- on their roles in improving classroom teaching and learning. This has brought me into over 6,000 classrooms K-12 in about 1,000 schools from Alaska to Maine.

Let's Get Specific About How Leaders Can Build Trust

Trust is an essential element in successful schools. When educators trust their leaders and each other, academic achievement rises. Read Jon Saphier's article, "LET’S GET SPECIFIC ABOUT HOW LEADERS CAN BUILD TRUST", in the December issue of The Learning Professional to learn how leaders can build trust in their school communities. 

Give students the gift of believing in themselves

Give the gift of inspiring all students to believe in themselves.  Read Jon Saphier's article, How to Inspire All Student to Believe in Themselves, to learn how.