Leadership

#e2L Hustle: A Day in the Life

                by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn. When I was the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in a district, we often had people ask what we did all day in…

#EducatorsChoose – Vote in the 2018 Texas Primaries!

engage2learn works with partner districts across Texas and even the United States. We often hear our partner districts talking about the importance of molding students to be active, contributing citizens. The foundational principle of this citizenship in America’s democracy is…

5 Tips for Making Meetings Matter

The Meeting Madness How often have you had a meeting on a topic only to realize you had already met on this topic previously and no decisions had been implemented yet?  Employees are spending more time than ever in meetings;…

Accountability is not a Four-Letter Word

By Kammi Green I have been in the public education system for over three decades as both a student and an educator.  During my time in public education, the focus has always been on using standardized tests to hold campuses…

Cultural Tenets: Why, What, How

By Shannon Buerk Anyone who knows me well understands that I feel called to be leading engage2learn. Quite frankly, I did not set out to own an organization, to be an entrepreneur, or to ever leave the classroom. When I…

Diversity and Courageous Leadership

By Shannon Buerk Have you ever heard the saying, “Great minds think alike”? At e2L, we believe that great minds think differently. In education, however, there is not currently diversity in the superintendency. Even though 77% of educators are female,…

Education is Life Itself

One classroom. One teacher. An average of 30 students per class. Deadlines. Curriculum. Pacing guides. Formal exams. Gaps. Grades and report cards. Add to that, the expectation that students must learn, “How to learn” in contrast to “What to learn”…

For this, I am grateful…

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein The psychology of being thankful is interesting…it is all a matter of…

Growth mindset as a leader

Growth mindset isn’t just a skill for learners and educators. It’s a crucial component of effective leadership. It’s possible to be in a position of authority without a growth mindset, but that makes you a boss, not a leader. See…

How to Add 13 Years to Your Life

      by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn.   Plato Said It Best Distraction and lost productivity in the workplace have many harmful consequences, including added stress, longer working hours, and low morale. Acclaimed public speaker, Brendon…

How to Hire the Right People Every Time

Job, Career, or Vocation Every person deserves to spend their working life doing something they enjoy. Unfortunately, not all people get that opportunity. There are three different ways people label their work. One way is to think of the 40…

How to pass a bond: A tribute to FWISD leadership

Back in the summer of 2017, Fort Worth ISD had a problem. Its schools needed an updated infrastructure and the district experienced overcrowding at some campuses. To solve these issues, Superintendent Scribner and the Board of Trustees hired engage2learn, an…

Lessons From Game Changers

On October 25 – 26, over 70 superintendents and principals convened at Rackspace in San Antonio, TX for this year’s first Game Changers event. Game Changers gives public school leaders the chance to tour and learn from innovative business leaders…

Linking Learning Environments and Culture

Culture is critical in producing the results you want from your educators and learners. While leaders can take a starring role in building a school culture, the learning environment itself influences culture as well. Here’s how you can help create…

Modernizing Continuous Performance Management

Organizations spend a fortune purchasing performance management tools that often fail to meet their unique needs. At engage2learn (e2L), we set out to develop a fully customized performance management system that leveraged existing technology adoptions. The result was an agile…

Recognition Systems with Growth As An Outcome

It’s important for people to feel recognized. No matter their age or occupation, humans spend much of their daily lives collaborating with other people to accomplish their goals. While the notion of recognition is most popular in the workplace, it’s…

Responsible Campus Rollout

Responsible Campus Rollout Classrooms decorated from floor to ceiling, check. Campus fully staffed, check. Schedules completed, and students are eager to return to school on the first day. But, are you and the campus really ready?  Each year, schools around…

Responsible District Rollout

Communication literally rules the nation right now. We all walk around with a direct source to our news and access to contacts at our fingertips. Even with all the advancements in technology communication can be lost. It is important to…

Shifting the System We Have Inherited

Because my husband coached college basketball, we moved 10 times in the first 16 years of our marriage. As a high school teacher, I taught all secondary grades and every English level, including remedial and AP classes, in two different…

Spring Break Challenge: 4 Things

      by Shannon Buerk, Founder, and CEO of engage2learn.   For a few years now, I have taken on a health challenge over Spring Break that has made the time even more beneficial. I have challenged people I…

The e2L Process–Magnetized

The e2L Framework is known for helping in turnaround situations. While our partners have had impressive results in this area, the e2L Framework is also used to overhaul magnet programs. e2L’s work magnetizes a school’s growth. Our process helps districts…

The Importance of Culture

Or: Striving for a Mickey Mouse Operation by  Amanda Stephens Long before I had ever heard of organizational culture or began to consider its importance in developing an innovative workplace, I saw a sign on my college campus: the distinctive shape of…

The importance of executive coaching

Too often we hear that school districts struggle to recruit and retain stellar educators. After all, it’s teachers in the classroom who influence student achievement and growth – we need to invest in stellar teachers. So why do great teachers…

The Secret to Effective Coaching

Lauren Hurt-Ashwin is the e2L Growth Catalyst and her primary responsibility is to provide leadership development to our team of e2L Certified eGROWE Coaches and our district partners. Our district coaches express how Lauren has made a direct impact on…

Virtual Meetings That Work: 5 Quick Tips

This is the second blog of a two-part series on virtual meetings. If you do not already have an effective video-conferencing, project management, and shared calendaring system for your organization, I recommend you go back and read part one first:…

What is a High Performance Culture?

When e2L partners with a district, we strive to create a High Performance Culture. But what exactly is a High Performance Culture (HPC)? Is all this talk about culture just fluff, or is there a measurable return on HPCs? Too…

What kind of leader are you?

Leaders are essential to running our schools effectively. However, leadership comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s important to understand your own leadership style as well as how to improve it. Take this quiz to see what kind of leader…

What kind of learner are you?

Everyone processes information differently, but there are three main categories of learners. The most common learner types are visual, auditory, and tactile. Your learner style will influence how you break down information as well as the best way to absorb…

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