22: Sum of the Parts

Education is a community effort- we aren’t islands on our mission to educate our future. Our effectiveness is a collective sum of our each individual parts. When someone is not measuring up, its our job to help them get there with clear, actionable steps in a non-threatening environment of feedback. Take a listen to hear how we are failing ourselves and our students by remaining islands instead of seeing our mission’s success as the sum of our parts.



  • None of this was personal, it was tweaking my performance not my person
  • You’re only as strong as your weakest link…That comes through feedback not ratings…face time not emails…coaching conversations not descriptive observation paragraphs
  • Feedback doesn’t have to be harsh or personal. It can be purposeful, uplifting and game-changing
  • Education is not a profession of islands; it’s a collaborative effort.
  • No on should escape the blessing of feedback. But everyone should escape the burn of lack of feedback.


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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.