Only 31 percent of teachers are “engaged” in their work, according to a new Gallup report, State of America’s Schools.

“Engaged” teachers are “involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work … know the scope of their jobs and constantly look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes.”

Just over half (56%) are “not engaged” — meaning they may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their workplaces and are unlikely to devote much discretionary effort to their work.

About one in eight (13%) are “actively disengaged” — meaning they are dissatisfied with their workplaces and likely to be spreading negativity to their coworkers…

… In a 2009 Gallup study, “a one-percentage-point increase in a school’s student engagement GrandMean was associated with a six-point increase in reading achievement and an eight-point increase in math achievement scores.

Via Joann Jacobs

I’ve been busy in 2014 working on a variety of creative, client and business building projects… but the most important one has been in my personal life where I committed to my partner and made him my husband last month. 
One of the decisions I felt like I had made but am recently rethinking is changing my name professionally. For years, I have told women I’ve worked with as clients and random people on the internet NOT to change their names. The economic data is clear that on average, women who change their names experience lower lifetime earnings compared to those who don’t. And while you can say that  changing your name “makes you more of a family,” there is no greater way to serve your family than earning a fair wage for your talents.
I never thought I’d want to change my name because it’s mine and I didn’t want to give up any part of my identity just because I got married. Practically, I write books and sell services- I need to be found so changing my name was not something I thought was a good idea regardless of any personal feelings… plus there is someone with my first name (spelled differently) and husband’s last name who also publishes… erotic fiction.
But a few weeks in, I am rethinking my decision and considering a hyphenated name. It feels lacking for some reason to not embrace this part of me in my professional life, too, even though I am somewhat “afraid” of the consequences and frankly, being a hypocrite.  
Did you change your name when you get married? Why or why not? Tell me what made your decision for you.
(Check out more awesome pictures from our wedding via our amazing photographer It’s Megan Jones.)

I’ve been busy in 2014 working on a variety of creative, client and business building projects… but the most important one has been in my personal life where I committed to my partner and made him my husband last month. 

One of the decisions I felt like I had made but am recently rethinking is changing my name professionally. For years, I have told women I’ve worked with as clients and random people on the internet NOT to change their names. The economic data is clear that on average, women who change their names experience lower lifetime earnings compared to those who don’t. And while you can say that  changing your name “makes you more of a family,” there is no greater way to serve your family than earning a fair wage for your talents.

I never thought I’d want to change my name because it’s mine and I didn’t want to give up any part of my identity just because I got married. Practically, I write books and sell services- I need to be found so changing my name was not something I thought was a good idea regardless of any personal feelings… plus there is someone with my first name (spelled differently) and husband’s last name who also publishes… erotic fiction.

But a few weeks in, I am rethinking my decision and considering a hyphenated name. It feels lacking for some reason to not embrace this part of me in my professional life, too, even though I am somewhat “afraid” of the consequences and frankly, being a hypocrite.  

Did you change your name when you get married? Why or why not? Tell me what made your decision for you.

(Check out more awesome pictures from our wedding via our amazing photographer It’s Megan Jones.)

Education Rebel @ Work turned 3 today!

—- makes me kind of sad. I love Tumblr as a platform… but there is little ROI on it for me and what I do, I don’t spend much time here. Maybe that will change.

Education Rebel @ Work turned 3 today!

—- makes me kind of sad. I love Tumblr as a platform… but there is little ROI on it for me and what I do, I don’t spend much time here. Maybe that will change.

(Source: assets)

3 Reasons It Pays to Have a One Page Resume

careercloud:

While skimming the blogosphere, I stumbled upon a career expert’s recent post where he advised that sticking to a one-page resume is an “old-school” rule that NO jobseeker should follow regardless of experience level. As a recruiter, I could not disagree more! And I think it’s important for all…

A new guest post from me!

I ran the printer over a dozen times today and he raced to it every time to protect me. #hardworker #sleepypuppy #collie

I ran the printer over a dozen times today and he raced to it every time to protect me. #hardworker #sleepypuppy #collie

Reverb13 Prompt 21: My Year

i took a 2 week break from finishing the last 3 prompts of Reverb because of holiday preparations and travel. Hard to think and write when you’re visiting families, flying and driving.

But I am ready to get these in tonight and call it a wrap on 2013! On to the last prompt.. and a BIG thank you to Kat McNally for organizing this and only doing 21 prompts this year! 

2014 is going to be MY YEAR because…

14 has always been my lucky number (seriously- it has). And I am wiser and stronger than ever before.

In 2014, I am going to do…

Me. That means showing the world the best of what I can do and feeling damn good about it.

In 2014, I am going to feel…

Abundant in all areas of my life.

In 2014, I am not going to…

Stop myself or talk myself out of asking for something or moving forward because people ‘like myself’ don’t get ‘that ending.’

In December 2014, I am going to look back and say…

Hells yeah… this was the master plan all around!

Happy new year!

Reverb Prompt 20: Forward

Forward is the only direction.

The mirror never lies, but everything in it is backwards. 

Look at what you see in the mirror. How does it change if you view yourself with eyes that can only look forward?

There is no denying it: something that I want to achieve in 2014 is motherhood. I started writing, “well, at least take the first step toward it…” and I stopped because a requirement for looking forward like the prompt says is not adding qualifiers. I am ready to live for a different purpose and that means being a mom. 

Looking forward on this desire changes things a lot. It gets me out of my head of what ifs and regrets. It means I can’t worry about the decisions I made up to this point and whether I have backed myself in a corner, or what it means to be a mom of an ‘advanced maternal age’ raising young children. What I wanted in the past, and my ambivalence about parenthood is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter as it’s not going to change what happens. In this case, there is value in starting from the place called “it is what it is,” or as the Buddhist say, “start where you are.” 

And if I want it, well it’s up to me to focus on the future and not the past. The clarity is a gift. 

Reverb13 Prompt 16: Habits and Addictions

Habits and addictions, some are silly, some serious; when we have issues without answers, they can hold us so tight that we stop moving forward with the life we intended.

Were you able to loosen those fetters this year, and if you were successful, how did you manage it? Did you accept outside help, or work alone?


If you still feel that grasp of addiction or hurtful habits, what will you do differently in the year to come?

Another hard prompt! I don’t feel like I overcame any bad habits or addictions this year. There were a few times I tried to stop drinking completely, but I didn’t feel like I was addicted and eventually went back to moderation. Some meals just need a delicious glass of wine to make them complete and some days need a neat bourbon to complete it.

My worst habit and addiction that I need to make progress on in 2014 is procrastination. I have a lot on my plate and often make the wrong decisions on what to choose first and make excuses. I’ve tried lots of things, like an accountability group, but… it’s never enough. I think one of the reasons I have been making my way through Reverb with gusto is to prove to myself I can complete a project! But yet, it is not surprising that this is the last prompt I chose to do and I am posting it 12 days after Reverb ended. 

What can I do to get rid of procrastination?I have studied this over the years and here is what I’m thinking. 

1. Try some new stuff. I did an audiobook course on it recently and it had some helpful ideas. I did it while I was driving to make use of time and I couldn’t take notes so i am going to cue it up again.

2. Get straight on my priorities. I did an activity for a few years ago with my coach, Thekla Richter, on ordering my priorities into a decision tree and it helped tremendously in making decisions about daily activities. I literally had a list that said 1. my health, 2. getting my driver’s license, 2. work. etc… and when a scheduling thing came up, I read my list. If it hadn’t been for that list, I would have never taken time out of my life to schedule my driving lessons and get my license in 2012.

Prioritizing is harder than it sounds. What is important to me may be different to other people who want things from me and I hate disappointing people. I rarely have deadlines in my work that are not truly self-imposed. 

3. Limit my choices. I have so many different projects under my talent development portfolio. I need to declutter and say no, no matter how potentially lucrative. And I need to listen to my instincts about new partnerships. People matter, not just ideas. 

My procrastination habit has been holding me back and I have to overcome it if I want to go forward. Hopefully my desires for abundance and simplicity will get me there a little quicker in 2014.

Josh’s grandfather heard I had my own business and like to read and gave me this book from 1979 for xmas. It has me weirdly excited.

Josh’s grandfather heard I had my own business and like to read and gave me this book from 1979 for xmas. It has me weirdly excited.

Reverb13 Prompt 19: Self-Compassion

The Buddha said, “You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

In the past year, I have been on a mission to understand and practice self-compassion, which is sometimes defined as ”extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering,” and what I have learned has made me realize that this practice is at the heart of everything. 

How will you practice self-compassion?

This year, I finally finished a book called Soul Without Shame that I bought in early 2010. It was recommended as a book for people who suffer from the ‘Imposter Syndrome,’ people who believe that they suck even though the world sees themselves as great. It was not a great book, but I took a few things out of it, including how exhausting negative self-talk is. It decreases so much of your energy, it becomes a real hamster wheel. You feel terrible about your abilities, it exhausts you, and then you have no energy to use your natural talents.

I certainly feel like that at times, probably at least a little bit once a day. I am determined to get off this wheel and use my energy in better ways.

As part of my meditations, I’ve been listening to Zencast episodes and one of the shows that was most eye-opening to me was on fear. For most of us, fear makes us run- either retreat or act aggressively. We would be better to be mindful that we are having the emotion of fear, sit with it, and be compassionate with yourself that you are having this difficult moment. It will help you make better decisions and feel less physically stressed. It is also important to remember that suffering is part of being alive and it’s okay to feel negative emotions.

I am trying this approach to self-compassion with some bad news I received last night about the tentative plan I’d been working on for next year for my career and work. My plan for having health insurance in 2014 is no longer viable and since health insurance is tied to work in our country, that discovery is going to change the path I was exploring and close options for me. While I said in a previous post that money is not everything, my health is important to me and I need more peace of mind about what care is available to me in case something happened than I’ve had this year.

My instinct was to yell at myself to get over this disappointment and suck it up and move on and most importantly, that I was stupid in the first place for having expectations that this would not be the conclusion to my plan that I would have insurance through other means. Really, I deserve this outcome because I decided to take so many risks the last two years.  I cried last night because I felt so stupid and lost and today am trying to feel compassion for myself as much as possible. It will also help with my decision-making process.

One part of the Reverb experience that has stuck with me this year is the shared experience of it. I have been reading others’ posts and have felt surprise and empathy at how many of the bloggers participating have experienced very difficult years in 2013. Like, crazy difficult things that are rarely on my radar. I am grateful they have shared their vulnerability, not because I take joy in the voyeurism of watching struggles, or that I feel relief when comparing my own itty-bitty challenges, but as a reminder that suffering is part of human nature and we all feel it. The fact that I don’t know the majority of these woman makes the point even stronger.

Sitting with that realization is mind-opening and comforting and warm.