Entries by Laura Colbert



When teachers believe they can positively influence student learning through their collective actions, the students succeed at a rate almost four times faster than an average school year. This shared belief is called Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE). A renowned researcher, John Hattie, and his team conducted meta-analyses on millions of students across the globe. They […]

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Empathy and Retention

  Forbes released an article on September 19, 2021, stating that empathy is the most important leadership skill. The greater the empathy, the greater the innovation, engagement, retention, inclusivity, and the ability to navigate the demands of work and life. Wow! That’s a jam-packed list of positive outcomes. Better yet, empathy reaps more empathy. You […]


Feedback : The Great, the Mediocre, and the Ugly

Unsolicited feedback can rattle around in the think tank and disrupt sleep, family time, and even invade the sacred workout brain space. Feedback – The Great, the Mediocre, and the Ugly If you’re like me, you find feedback around every corner, especially when embarking on a new role. Sometimes that feedback changes one’s life for […]



Culture is a vital facet in a successful business and a successful community   IS YOUR CULTURE ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE? Back in 2003, I was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq as a military police officer. We were three months into the war and my squad was working in an Iraqi Police station on […]

Thursday Thoughts – Choose Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the judgment that something else is more important than that fear.” Ambrose Redmoon Ah, yes. Courage. Courage to fight for the mask mandates and vaccinations or courage to fight against them. Courage to be kind through adversity (wink wink). Courage to help with hurricane Ida. Courage to […]