Jen Schwanke

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Jen Schwanke, Ed.D.,  has been an educator for 24 years, teaching or leading at all levels. She is the author of three books:  You’re the Principal! Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders, and The Principal Reboot: 8 Ways to Revitalize Your School Leadership. Her most recent book is The Teacher’s Principal: How School Leaders Can Support and Motivate Their Teachers. She has written for EL Magazine, Choice Literacy, Education Week Teacher, Principal, and Principal Navigator. A co-host of the popular Principal Matters podcast, Dr. Schwanke presents at conferences for ASCD, NAESP, Battelle for Kids, RRCNA, and various state and local education organizations. She has provided professional development to various districts in the areas of school climate, personnel, and instructional leadership. An instructor in educational administration at Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Schwanke currently serves as a Deputy Superintendent in Ohio. Follow Schwanke on Twitter @Jenschwanke or her website

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Let’s Upskill: How to Revive and Transform Instruction to Serve Today’s Learners

Jen Schwanke offers clear and practical steps teachers can take to modernize how to meet the needs of today’s students. Following these steps will help ward off the risk of being too comfortable in old routines.

How to Respond When Books and Curriculum Resources Are Challenged

Jen Schwanke addresses the fact that educators, books, and curriculum resources are under increased scrutiny. She offers practical and wise steps to take when resources are questioned by concerned stakeholders.

Books for Literacy Leaders

Jen Schwanke suggests five books that will enrich a leader’s skills by solidifying their approach to the important work of evolving our instructional practices.

Avoiding Burnout

Jen Schwanke offers advice to fight against burnout.

Choice, Voice, and Rejoice: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Jen Schwanke encourages educators to reflect on the positive ways the school year has unfolded.

Conventions Podcast with Jen Schwanke

Jen Schwanke joins the podcast to discuss conventions.

A Word to Aspiring Coaches

Principal Jen Schwanke offers encouragement for teachers considering an instructional coach position.

Books Need Space

Jen Schwanke gives advice to literacy leaders about organizing and humanizing books in a school book room.

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