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Feedback that Sparks Joy

By Mary Kate Springmann and Mirella Marlar Building relationships and fostering connections with others is at the heart of coaching, this shared understanding brought us together last summer at Baylor University. When we started the program we initially bonded over our love of coffee and naps; however, we quickly realized we shared much more than that. Our passion for being lifelong learners and our role as instructional coaches connected us. Over the course of our […]

Mayday! or May Day? Finding Purpose and Beauty in the Final Weeks of the School Year

by Mark Hobbs As April turns into May, educators often find themselves contemplating how to navigate the remaining weeks of the school year with a sense of optimism and energy. The term “Mayday,” as defined by Merriam-Webster, serves as an internationally recognized radio word to signal distress, mostly by aircraft and boats. While most of us are happily only familiar with it through TV and fiction, stepping into a 7th grade classroom in May might […]

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Lightening the Load: The Power of Christ-Centered Relationships in Leadership

by Sahira Kodra In my blog post last year, Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown, I reflected on my journey of growth and change. One significant development has been stepping into the role of Program Coordinator for the Baylor Center for School Leadership (BCSL). Since then, my perspective has only been reinforced: having Christ-centered relationships makes the burdens lighter and the work more fulfilling. Last year, I admitted I couldn’t provide a simple […]

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Learning as Discovery

By Aaron Bond All of life is relational. I start every class by lighting a candle and saying the following prayer, “Lord prepare our minds to seek knowledge, develop understanding and grow in wisdom so we can live and love well.” There are three wicks on the candle. The first flame represents our pursuit of knowledge; the second understanding;  and the third,  wisdom. The hard wax melting to soft liquid represents our life to love […]

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Joy Through Struggle

By Jon Eckert, Ed.D. Easter is about joyful celebration that follows the darkest day of suffering in the history of humanity when Christ was crucified. Joy and suffering are intertwined in our experience of Easter. Joy and struggle are inversely related in that the depth of our struggle determines the peak of our joy. In James 1:2, we are told to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many […]