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Don't Lead Alone

Don't Lead Alone

Much has been written about the challenges teachers endured due to the disruption from COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021. Teachers deserve our praise and sympathy as they continue to navigate the impact of the dramatic instructional shift when all students were sent home in early 2020. Now teachers are confronting... Read the full article >
The Meaning of Standards

The Meaning of Standards

Around the turn of the twenty-first century, the focus and process of accreditation shifted from a ten-year evaluation of the accomplishments of an institution’s past decade to a forward-looking process examining what an institution is striving to accomplish in the following five years. Modern accreditation examines the current and future... Read the full article >
A Courageous Approach to School Improvement: Teacher Agency and Voice

A Courageous Approach to School Improvement: Teacher Agency and Voice

How many school improvement initiatives have you implemented … and how strong were your results? Now is the time for leaders to look at school improvement from a new perspective of supporting teachers and invest their focus and energy into a different approach to continuous school improvement—using the power of... Read the full article >
Helping School Boards Lead

Helping School Boards Lead

Boards of education and superintendents that operate in a cohesive manner with respect, trust, transparency, and clear communication lead as a unified team that focuses on specific goals to reach their vision, mission, and beliefs of the system. Effective school boards: Have a clear vision for the district Communicate their... Read the full article >
Cognia’s New Teacher Observation Tool Helps Teachers, Schools, and Districts Measure Learner-Centric Classrooms

Cognia’s New Teacher Observation Tool Helps Teachers, Schools, and Districts Measure Learner-Centric Classrooms

But classroom observations can be challenging to implement at the school, district, and state levels. Some research on the effectiveness of classroom observation raises concern about potential bias in ratings and questions the tools’ alignment with what they purport to measure or what matters to improve learning. Equally significant, many... Read the full article >
Empowering Teachers for Online Instruction

Empowering Teachers for Online Instruction

Biggest Challenges Teachers Face Based on our experience working with schools, school districts or networks, and states, we see every day the biggest challenges teachers face. Specifically, educators find it most difficult to: Figure out how to teach students remotely in class and simultaneously support their learning at home. Many... Read the full article >
Celebrating 125 Years as a Force for School Improvement

Celebrating 125 Years as a Force for School Improvement

South’s oldest continuously accredited school continues to reinvent itself through the Cognia Accreditation process  Battle Ground Academy is an independent K–12 day school in Franklin, TN, the county seat of prosperous Williamson County. The co-ed, college-prep school draws students from a 30-minute radius in the Middle Tennessee region, which extends... Read the full article >
Students Speak Up! Part I: Students Reflect on Remote Learning

Students Speak Up! Part I: Students Reflect on Remote Learning

With an unprecedented nine out of ten students worldwide out of school due to COVID-19 [i] it is more important than ever to focus on the learners. As a mission-driven organization, Cognia™ focuses on improving educational opportunities for all students and advocates for student-centered learning. We hosted a virtual panel to gives... Read the full article >
Find Your North Star: Avoiding the Turnaround Trap

Find Your North Star: Avoiding the Turnaround Trap

A seminal book for me around school turnaround is So Much Reform, So Little Change by Charles Payne. Payne describes traditionally low-performing schools as places “where there is a general feeling of instability—personnel come and go, students come and go, programs come and go – all of it presided over... Read the full article >
Tiered System of Support, Good Leadership Improve Schools

Tiered System of Support, Good Leadership Improve Schools

This is not an easy task, but it is one we pursue earnestly. With today’s growing challenges throughout our community, we know our students are not entering school kindergarten-ready. A student's socioeconomic status should not inhibit his or her education. While we are fully aware that the stress of a... Read the full article >