Blog Posts

These posts are articles and blogs Jennifer has written for professional journals and for her newsletter, Voice Lessons.

The Deep End: What Will Your Word Be This Year?

January 10, 2018

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” -Mo Willems
On Facebook these past few weeks, there has been a posting going around that […]

Democracy and De-pilling

January 2, 2018

At the end of December as schools closed and holiday parties concluded, I found myself with a few days of at-home quiet time. I noticed […]

The Deep End: How To Be More Influential, No Matter Your Role

December 19, 2017

Influence – the ability to make an impact, to make a difference. Through words and action, influence helps to move our schools and profession forward. […]

“City, Bike, Cow, School, Of Course” & Other Lessons in Being Allocentric

December 1, 2017

Being more allocentric or at least trying to be more allocentric has been a big focus of my personal and professional work this past year. […]

Hey Educators: Are You Trustworthy? Here are 4 Vital Signs for Identifying and Assessing Trust in Schools

November 20, 2017

Trust is unwieldy, vague, and fuzzy. It’s complex, huge, and complicated. And, by the way, it is essential to our schools.
Trust is a big word. […]

The Deep End: Advocacy – We should all be doing it

November 15, 2017

While at the Women in Education Institute sponsored by Corwin Press, I did a keynote about “playing in the deep end” and what it takes: […]

Teachers: How to Use Your Voice for a Positive School Culture

November 6, 2017

The use of voice in collaboration, coaching, facilitation and leadership is a piece of what each leader and teacher does daily.
Moving from the classroom into […]

“Aunt Jen, You Don’t Really Work.”

November 1, 2017

My nephews, age 6 and almost 8, are growing like weeds. The 2nd grader, Joe, has four upper teeth that have fallen out, making him […]

The Deep End: Care and Accountability

October 11, 2017

I spent some time with teacher leaders over the last 2 weeks. Many are new, and find themselves swimming in The Deep End for the […]

Embrace the Mess

October 2, 2017

If you know me as a colleague or a friend or a relative or as a reader of this newsletter, you might be a bit […]