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January 20, 2020
Lisa Palanca for Palanca Leadership
The wheels of education move slowly.
You wouldn’t think so when you hear of schools adopting new programs, textbooks, or the cutting e...
January 2, 2020
During a conversation with some late 20 and 30 somethings, I was interested to find that they had switched jobs at least 3-5 times after their college careers.
“The boss was out of touch. The hours were not what I expected. I found it too far of a commute.” My favorite...
December 18, 2019
Have you ever wondered what happens to teachers when they get together?
Lots and lots of laughing.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with some very dear friends. All of us had been in the same school district and many (save 2) were retired.
Annette was the host....
December 12, 2019
I was a child when I saw the first Breaking News Bulletin interrupt Captain Kangeroo.
I remember it as being frightening.
Whatever could have happened to make my stomach clutch and try and find cover?
You see, back in my childhood, presidents and minority leaders were bei...
December 5, 2019
I love reading the posts that teachers put on Instagram. It provides a professional arena for collaboration; be it for instruction or merely to share frustrations.
The other day, I saw a post. The heading had the word teachers in it, so I assumed it had been posted for...
November 22, 2019
It feels good to give.
It feels good not to expect anything in return for giving.
Today’s crop of young educators ARE givers.
If we focus in on what is most important and enduring for our future, we Americans, need to take notice of this.
November 13, 2019
I was one of those kids that thinks too much.
No, not in the figuring out math problems or how to put things together.
Mostly, I worried.
I worried especially about things I couldn’t control.
Things like the weather, people passing away in accidents, plane crashes, and the...
November 7, 2019
You can catch more flies with honey.
When I was a kid, I used to muse about what a waste this was to just catch flies. What about other stuff like bug spray or swatters?
Certainly no one wants flies around their honey…
Today, I watched my daily dose of morning news up...
October 28, 2019
Being in the business of supporting early career teachers is like telling someone they will have to climb a mountain blindfolded in the winter with no shoes and unsure footing. It is a tough career.
At this present moment, Chicago public school teachers are on...
October 23, 2019
Let's start a conversation.
Conferences, marking periods, endless lesson plans, parent int...