Matt Renwick is an elementary principal in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Matt blogs at Reading by Example (readingbyexample.com), tweets @ReadByExample, and writes for ASCD. Matt is a veteran public educator, working first as a classroom teacher and now serving as an elementary principal in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, teaching online courses in curriculum and instruction. Matt’s educational writing and consultant work focus primarily on literacy, school leadership, and technology. He has spoken at national conferences, including ASCD, ISTE, NAESP, NCTE, as well as facilitated workshops and professional learning for educators throughout the country.
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Matt Renwick is disappointed by something he sees when he visits a teacher’s classroom. This leads him to ponder what his role is in supporting teachers as they make changes.
An essential role for leaders is raising up more literacy leaders among the talented teachers on staff. Matt Renwick considers how anyone without a title or an obvious source of power can lead, and what that means for nurturing leadership skills.
Matt Renwick finds the data closest to the students we serve is more helpful to teachers than many benchmarks or screener scores.
Supervising and supporting instruction is never easy for literacy leaders, and remote settings compound the challenges. Matt Renwick shares his best advice for providing assistance in virtual learning environments.
Matt Renwick reflects on the traditions and rituals that strengthen a schoolwide literacy community.
Matt Renwick considers what type of feedback from school leaders can be most helpful to teachers.
If we want others to change, we first have to be open to change within ourselves. But what does that look like, and how can we embrace the tension that change brings? Matt Renwick explores change from within for literacy leaders.
Matt Renwick is like any of us—he is nervous about what he will learn when he asks teachers to assess his performance as a principal. He shares findings from a survey he gives to teachers.
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