Round 2: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By Hendy Avenue | September 14, 2018

In our last post, Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons Learned and What’s to Come in 2018-19, our founder Sarah shared insights on the difficulty of leading change and the excitement around re-engaging with one of our first partners. This week, we hear from Grant: What I learned: Historian and philosopher Will Durant said, “we are what…

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Lessons learned and what’s to come in 2018-2019

By Hendy Avenue | September 7, 2018

As consultants, our role is to guide our partners to make informed decisions and to successfully meet their goals. We also prioritize building the knowledge and skills of our partners and they tell us that they learn a lot from working alongside us. In turn, we learn so much every day from the incredibly smart…

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Make Your Pick: How the NFL Draft Applies to Teacher Hiring

By Hendy Avenue | June 13, 2018

While there is a lot of best practice research out there about how to hire a great team, leaders seeking teacher talent can take a cue from how professional sports teams scope out and draft players. In the post below, we bring Cade Massey’s article on 5 lessons we can learn from the NFL draft…

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Keeping the Right People on the Bus

By Hendy Avenue | May 7, 2018

We all know the importance of getting the right people on the bus. But how do we KEEP the right people on the bus? For all students to thrive, nothing is more important than great teachers and leaders. Yet, we know that recruiting, developing and retaining excellent educators is hard. In eagerness to do better,…

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Making Teacher Leadership a Success

By Hendy Avenue | April 2, 2018

In our first post on teacher leadership, we noted a few key ideas and benefits of extending the impact of teachers. Here, we break down three suggestions for launching a new teacher leadership initiative as well as criteria to measure success and common pitfalls to avoid. How do you launch a successful teacher leadership program?…

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Teacher Leadership: More than a Buzzword

By Hendy Avenue | February 28, 2018

The education field loves jargon. From “21st-century learning” to “college and career readiness”, new jargon enters our vocabulary as priorities and policies shift. Recently, we’ve heard one buzzword repeatedly swirling across blogs and conferences: Teacher Leadership. What is teacher leadership? In What do we know about teacher leadership?, Jennifer York-Barr and Karen Duke from the…

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Five Lessons for Decision-Making

By Hendy Avenue | January 3, 2018

Making decisions is hard (just ask my husband how many rugs I’ve looked at for our living room). It’s even harder when those decisions will have a real impact on students, teachers and school leaders. Yet working with school system leaders across the country, it’s become very clear to us that how organizations make decisions…

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Put Excellence at the Heart of Performance Management

By Hendy Avenue | December 4, 2017

Performance management, at its core, sets expectations. It puts a stake in the ground for what “good” looks and sounds like in the classroom and serves as the baseline of teacher observation rubrics. Effective performance management is more than diagnosing current performance; it supports teachers to articulate an actionable, clear trajectory toward excellence. Ultimately, a…

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Thank You Teachers!

By Hendy Avenue | November 21, 2017

As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families this week, the Hendy Avenue team is reflecting on the many blessings for which we are thankful. We are thankful for our family and friends. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with wonderful organizations doing incredible work for children. We are thankful for…

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Designing Evaluation Frameworks with Development at the Core – Part III: Amplifying Stakeholder Voice with Surveys

By Hendy Avenue | October 18, 2017

This post is the third in a series on how innovators are reimagining the design and implementation of evaluation and development frameworks. Read our earlier posts on observation frequency and raising rubric rigor.  When you think of a teacher, where are they? What are they doing? If you envisioned someone standing in front of a blackboard,…

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