August 24, 2018

Teaching empathy is one of the most important jobs we have in schools. It is pretty easy to discuss the need for being empathetic but in the midst of a busy day it can be hard to "practice what we preach" to our students. In order to strengthen our school community, we...

August 20, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

I couldn't be more excited for the successes, challenges, and the failures we will experience this year for we tend to learn and grow the most from our failures and misgivings. As I step into the role of Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning...

August 19, 2018

Nido Teachers came together during our July Inservice days to build a shared understanding around our Critical Friends Groups (which we have renamed, Nido Learns Together- NLT). Critical Friends Groups (NLTs) provide structures that support adult learning in schools. T...

November 10, 2017

The question is simple, "What's working and how can we do more of it?" However, more often than not, we find ourselves asking the question, "What didn't work and how do we fix it?" Both questions help us reflect and get better at our practice, however the path we trave...

September 24, 2017

The sun was beating down on me but I didn't notice it in that moment. I was using every ounce of my concentration to put one foot in front of the other as I ascended 2000 ft towards the mountain pass.  My thoughts were swirling. "This is really hard." "I am so tired."...

September 9, 2017

The room was quiet but that didn't last long. I asked our staff to bring an artifact or anecdote showcasing a problem they were facing with their teaching practice. The room erupted with stories and teachers sharing pieces of student work. As stories were shared within...

September 3, 2017

I began my international teaching career in Chile, at Nido de Aguilas. I arrived at Nido as an elementary school counselor. While experiencing immersion into a new school culture, a new country and culture, and a new job I found myself helping students, parents, and ne...

September 26, 2016

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with an enthusiastic group of elementary school teachers. Over the course of the week we engaged in collegial discourse, put new learning to practice in the classroom, and engaged in self-reflection. As the facilitator, I h...

July 18, 2016

In the last few months of my school leadership degree we were tasked with creating a philosophy statement. We could create something to represent our philosophy on education and leadership but we also needed to have a written piece to accompany our creation. I was cons...

July 14, 2016

Sharing your identity is a way to find connections with others and remind you of who you are at your core. When I look at my web I know there is a story to go with each circle. Some of those stories had a profound impact on my own identity like being the daughter of tw...

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