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February 2014
Building School Morale

February 2014 | Volume 71 | Number 5

Building School Morale

Feature Articles

Perspectives / Educators, Heal the World
(if that's not asking too much)

Marge Scherer

An Open Letter on Teacher Morale

Dina Strasser

Advice from educators for educators about how to stay balanced during challenging times.

High Morale in a Good Cause

Nel Noddings

Reasons to shore up not just our morale, but also our deeper aims for education.

Can't Wait for Monday

Rafe Esquith

Is teaching a daily grind, or not? And what makes the difference?

Getting Beyond the Blame Game

James Harvey

Belt tightening and teacher bashing have had debilitating consequences for the well-being of schools.

Learning the Languages of Appreciation

Paul White

By responding authentically to your coworkers, supervisors, and staff, you can significantly change their attitudes.

What to Do When Your School's in a Bad Mood

Megan Tschannen-Moran and Bob Tschannen-Moran

When wounded pride sabotages leadership objectives, appreciation and a focus on strengths can provide the balm.

Special Topic / Circles of Care

Richard Weissbourd and Stephanie M. Jones

It's not just social intelligence that counts; students need to widen the circle of people they care about.

"Why Does the Public Hate Us?"

Deborah Lynch

More than 2,000 Chicago teachers identified the problems that led to low morale.

Will the Courts Save Teachers?

W. James Popham and Marguerita DeSander

Beware of over-reliance on test-based evaluations.

The House That Affirmation Builds

Susan Stone Kessler and April M. Snodgrass

To keep communication strong, Hunters Lane High School asks all constituents, "How Are We Doing?"

Everyone at the Table

Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt and Allison Rizzolo

A model discussion process invites teachers to participate in policy decisions.

Words That Encourage

Brooke B. Eisenbach

Words used—and not used—on teacher evaluations are long remembered.

When Students Are Our Teachers

Alexis Wiggins

Everyone you encounter can teach a lesson you may need.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Convert Stress to Challenge

Bryan Goodwin

Stress can cripple if you are afraid to take a chance.

Art and Science of Teaching / Investigation—The New Research Report

Robert J. Marzano

Writing investigative reports enriches research skills.

Power Up! / Why Facebook Belongs in Your School

Doug Johnson

To participate fully in learning, every student needs to master social media.

Principal Connection / What's Your Favorite Interview Question?

Thomas R. Hoerr

Go beyond the résumé with artful questioning.

One to Grow On / Welcome to the Neighborhood

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Durable lessons from Mister Rogers.

EL Takeaways

Eight Memos About Morale


Tough Teacher Evaluation and High Morale?

Robert Maranto

At YES Prep Charter Schools, evaluating teachers fairly is a mission possible.

A Matter of Trust

Maureen Picard Robins

An assistant principal reflects on having had three different principals in five years.

EL Study Guide

Naomi Thiers

EL Interview

Principal Denise Khaalid discusses how to boost school morale.