- Husband and father who refuses to sacrifice family on the altar of professional success.
- Bestselling author of These 6 Things — beloved by teachers in dozens of countries.
- Online PD developer on student motivation, classroom management, time management, and humanizing online learning spaces.
- Keynote speaker at conferences and events. Spoken in over 35 states.
- Popular writer on literacy, motivation, and the inner work of teaching; 50,000+ monthly readers.
- Award-winning educator who leads workshops for teachers around the world.
Below, I'll give you some of the details folks often want when they visit this page. But first, let me plainly state why this site exists.
I believe that schools exist to promote the long-term flourishing of young people, and that schools do this best when their teachers flourish, too. I make this site, word by word, in an effort to equip and encourage teachers and leaders toward this.
Long-term flourishing isn't a fuzzword to me. It's rooted in the science of Martin Seligman's PERMA framework. What we want are faculties and leadership teams filled with adults who are experiencing:
- Relationships, rich in support and nourishment, in school and out;
- Engagement with their work;
- Meaning in their work and life;
- Achievement, particularly in their professional work; and
- Positive emotion (optimism, gratitude, peace, pleasure, satisfaction, inspiration, curiosity, joy)
When these describe the experience of adults in a school building, momentum shifts. The work gets simpler, less needlessly complicated. The meetings get productive, less perfunctory. Curriculum gets stronger and instruction improves. Expertise develops.
And with these, student achievement follows.
That is what my work as a writer and professional development partner is toward.
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