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“Leaders… you truly make a difference” are the words of Dr. Janet Pilcher who shares today’s post with you:

Every week, we are in schools with leaders and teachers witnessing the important work they do. Today, we led a principal training session which was very energizing.  Prior to the session I engaged in a discussion with a very good principal in a high need school who came into the session very humbled and distressed. He told me a story of a child who had emotional problems from physical and emotional abuse that ended his day today with this child throwing punches to the principal’s stomach. As he took the punches in the stomach he calmly negotiated with the child that the anger he was feeling was not directed at him and encouraged and allowed the child to depress his anger to talk through his situation and distress at that moment.  Anger of the child turned into tears and so the story continues with tomorrow being a new day for the principal  and teachers creating a space for the child to learn and succeed.

In education, the unbelievable work our leaders and teachers do sometimes gets hidden with national directives and criticism, some of which are worthy.  With all said, I am thankful for those leaders similar to the person I engaged with today.  These leaders truly make a difference.




Dr. Janet Pilcher is the leader of Studer Education, the education division of Studer Group and the co-author of How to Lead Teachers to Become Great.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the fifth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.