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July 16, 2019

Well, sadly, it’s been just about a year since we’ve blogged. Like every school year, this past year has brought its share of challenges and triumphs. In a lot of ways, it has been like a runaway train, and we just haven’t been able to carve out the time for meaningful blogging. But, we have missed the chance to reflect, connect, and share and are hoping to get back on track!

This past year, I (David) have been wearing many hats! A classroom highlight was working with my students to create a podcast called “Leaders Who are Readers.” Students composed their own introductory music for each episode and then recorded themselves reading children's books. The plan is to create a series of read-alouds to share with elementary students in our district. It was a fun project! Beyond the classroom, I conducte...

July 15, 2018

This past week we ventured out on our first #EduBros trip together and headed down to Orlando, Florida. We rented a 400-square-foot tiny house, spent two days at the “Happiest Place on Earth” (Disney World!) and attended the National Association of Elementary School Principals conference for the first time. It was truly the perfect blend of fun and learning and although we left feeling refreshed and energized, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the new ideas gained from what we learned.

One of the unique aspects of our current dynamic is that we bring two different perspectives, since I (Steven) am a current administrator and I (David) am an aspiring administrator, currently working as a music teacher with additional leadership responsibilities. In reflecting on our recent trip and what we are t...

We apologize for the slight hiatus we have been on with our blog; the usual school and family related responsibilities have gotten the best of us. But...we thought this was the perfect week to jump back in - Teacher Appreciation Week! We may be a little biased, but teachers are the true superheroes of our world! So right off the bat, we want to say THANK YOU to all the educators making a lasting impact in the lives of the students they serve each day!

While we were both blessed to have many amazing teachers throughout our own educational journeys, we can each recall stand-out teachers who went above and beyond to inspire us. Different teachers connect with students in different ways. As we discussed the impact of some of our favorite teachers, we noticed several common themes.

Great Teachers Motivat...

February 21, 2018

When we decided to launch The Education Brothers blog together, family played a big role in our vision. We both believe that a strong, supportive school culture with a "family-feel" is ultimately in the best interest of student success. Our hope was and is that our blog can encourage that mindset.

We also recognize the role that our own family has played in our professional growth.  As brothers, we often dialogue about the challenges we face and brainstorm solutions together.  But deeper still, is the impact our family has had on shaping us into the educators we are today. You see, education truly runs in our family. For at least three generations, members of our family have served in education in a variety of roles. Growing up, we had a front row seat to the ups and downs, the late night activitie...

December 29, 2017

As educators, it always seems more natural to celebrate a new year in September as opposed to January, when the rest of the world makes resolutions and shares hopes and dreams for a fresh start.  Even still, like most others, we can both reflect and say that 2017 brought its fair share of both challenges and triumphs.

Recently, we came across this TV commercial from Mass Mutual.  It is a beautiful reminder that a positive outlook can make all the difference:

Education, at every level and in every school, is certainly laden with challenges.  As we enter 2018 and the second half of this school year, we hope that you will join us in maintaining the perspective presented in that TV commercial.

  • Let’s focus on the successes.

  • Let’s empathize more with one another.

  • Let’s look for similarities m...

November 20, 2017

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, we thought we would embrace the cliche and share a few things we have to be thankful for!  

At the core of our vision for this Education Brothers blog is the importance of the role of family.  First and foremost we (Steven & David) are both extremely thankful for our parents. Being former teachers themselves, our parents have instilled in us many qualities and characteristics that have molded us into the people and educators we are today. Without their continued guidance, love, and support, we wouldn't be where we are today. While our parents are no longer teachers in a school, they still continue to teach us every day.  Of course I (David) have to express my thanks to my wife and my two kids for their continued support. Whether it's coming to one of my concer...

September 18, 2017

No matter your position or role in a school, communication is a key factor in finding success.  Sadly, “lack of communication” is often cited as a major weakness in education. Teachers can be frustrated with lack of information from administrators, parents can feel left in the dark by the school, and administrators can often feel blindsided.  It’s important to remember that there is no “one size fits all” approach to effective communication.  However, our varied experiences have taught us (sometimes the hard way) a few helpful approaches.

Communication should be proactive and transparent.

As our district’s union co-president, I (David) am in a position where I am constantly communicating with our leadership team, staff members, administrators, and board members. If I am not honest and open...

August 30, 2017

The “back-to-school” buzz is unlike any other time of year.  Teachers are excited to get their new class, students are excited to meet their new teachers, and administrators are excited to watch it all unfold!  While excitement fills the air the first day back, it can sometimes be hard to keep that energy up past the first week or so. After the initial “honeymoon” stage, reality can begin to set in.  We both know this all too well because we live it each year!

As brothers, a unique aspect to our relationship currently is that we can offer one another differing viewpoints.  As we discussed the back-to-school season, we realized we each had things of value to share from our different proverbial “seats on the bus.”  What unfolded was a few items, from teacher to administrator and administrat...

July 27, 2017

Welcome to our new blog! We are really excited about this new collaborative venture, which we have been discussing on and off for the past year. I (David) have done some blogging on my own in the past. I (Steven) have always been resistant to start a blog, as I wanted to be sure it had real purpose and wasn’t just because it was the “trendy” thing to do.

Growing up with five years between us meant that we were always in different “phases” of life. However, as we have both established our roots in education and a shared passion for innovative teaching and leadership has evolved, we have grown closer as brothers, professionals, and friends. The idea of a purposeful blog, in which we can share varying perspectives, ideas, and experiences began to evolve and has ultimately led us here. Many of our post...

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