Marcia Baldanza

Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features 3 Big Ideas, 2 Quotes, and 1 Question with lots of links to resources from different perspectives such as business and industry, medicine, athletics, economics, recreation, and parenting as well as music and the arts. The goal of these brief commentaries is to advance our thinking about how that wide array of information connects with and supports our work as educational leaders. We don’t think you can find a short read like this anywhere else.

Marcia Baldanza is also the author of Professional Practices, a Just ASK Senior Consultant. and adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. She examines research from multiple fields to help school district leaders improve, enhance, and increase staff and student performance. She uses her more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, turnaround principal, director of state and federal programs, director of school reform and accountability, supervisor of principals, and mom to offer practical strategies and insightful reflections from the field to help answer the powerful and essential questions embedded in Just ASK publications and consulting services.


Current Issue – Leadership is Everyone’s Business

The August 6th issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 titled Leadership is Everyone’s Business is now available. Marcia writes, “In preparing for my first online graduate class, I reflected on how to build connection, community, and curriculum. I thought about how leadership is a journey and we’re not on that journey alone. Leaders work with others to make dreams reality. Sounds corny, right? But it’s true. Leaders see, inspire, and achieve. Leaders develop the kinds of relationships that allow them to guide others  to accomplish extraordinary things in business, religion, sports, music and education.” In this issue she has pulled out a few fundamentals of leadership as she practices it. Learn more.


EmpowerED 3.2.1 Archives

 Archives are posted here as the brief is updated. 

A Look From My Front Porch, Literally 

Adult Growth Mindset 

Analyzing Assignments for Rigor and Equity

Creativity at Crossroads 

Empathy in the Time of Coronavirus 

Flipped Learning 

Good vs Great Coaching 

Hard Conversations 

Hiring in Different Times 

Innovative Education 

Journey Mapping 

Leadership is Everyone’s Business

Lessons Learned in 10 Weeks, Part 1 

Lessons Learned in 10 Weeks, Part 2 

Making Mistakes Meaningful 

Maximizing Distance Learning  

Multitasking: Meaningful, Myth, or Mistake 

Nudge to Your Advantage 

One-on-One Conversations 

Optimizing Learning and Work Environment 

Personalized Learning with Genius Hour 

Relationships Built on Trust and Integrity Matter 

Self-Care to Care for Others 

Stop, Look, and Listen

The Power of Small Wins 

The Science of Goal Setting 

Thriving or Surviving 

Well-Managed Time