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Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

Back when I was in jail and probation—serving as an assistant principal for a charter school network based within the system—I saw a lot of students from various backgrounds shuffling through. Since I was the AP, referrals were pretty consistent. The reasons were like how the ol’ saying goes, “If I only had a dime … Continue reading Ditch “The Book” & Use Restorative Principles for Interventions

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Santee Education Complex is a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), located in South Central Los Angeles. It was built in 2005 with the special distinction of being the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Immediately after its opening, Santee dealt with issues around … Continue reading How a Low-Achieving School Uses Data to Drive Success

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

Although President Donald Trump has promised to “make America great again,” the truth is that America has never reached its potential to be a great nation for many U.S. residents. This is especially true for its “stepchildren”—students who have been historically underserved by the U.S. public school system. Test scores, graduation rates, dropout rates, grade-level … Continue reading Becoming Fearless, Serious & Strategic About Equity in Schools

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

It’s about that time of year… The time when everyone in the Illuminate community—from employees and clients to partners and peers—gathers together in one place to connect, learn, and simply have a good time. Many of you have already registered. Still, there are some of you who are undecided about attending. Is this conference really worth the investment? you might be … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend IEUC 2017

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Tall ships are quite a majestic sight to see. Imagine sails being stretched by the invisible wind and the crew actively tending to their posts as if in a well-choreographed dance with each other and the ship. As the seas change from calm to turbulent waves, the crew is able to anticipate the needs for … Continue reading 4 Essential Tips to Navigating Change in a District

Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

Looking back (way back) to when I was a first-year teacher, I should have listened to the advice that veteran teachers gave me coming into the holiday season. Back then, I was a twenty-something single woman with no children—well, except for my 32 seven- and eight-year-olds in my Los Angeles classroom. Essentially, my world revolved … Continue reading Tips for Teachers: How to Recharge During Winter Break

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell You might have heard that “leadership matters.” Maybe you read about it in a business book. Maybe you have preached about it yourself. But have you ever thought about what that phrase truly means? Many use it as a … Continue reading Leadership Matters: Inspiring a Team Mindset