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

Communicating with Families

The January 22nd issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 titled “Communicating with Families” is now available. Marcia writes “I write this as a teacher, a school leader, and a parent of a teenager in eighth grade. I’ve learned a few things over these nine+ months about what’s important to communicate and which methods seem to work better for families. I’ve missed my share of information by skimming emails that were too long, saying I’ll go back later when I have more time. I’ve inadvertently placed the wrong date on a calendar because it was changed three times prior to the final date. Given those and many other experiences, my 3 Big Ideas about communicating with families in this issue are Be Empathetic, Be Consistent, and Go Beyond Grades” Read now!


EmpowerED 3.2.1 Archives

A Growth Mindset for Remote Times

Accelerate Rather Than Remediate – in Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Settings

A Look From My Front Porch, Literally 

Adult Growth Mindset 

Analyzing Assignments for Rigor and Equity

Aspiring and Inspiring Shared Vision

Building Relationships in a Digital World

Challenging the Process

Climate Data Can Drive Improvement

Tools and Tips for Checking for
Understanding in
Remote and Hybrid Settings

Creativity at Crossroads 

Change Leadership

Collaborating and Planning Remotely

Communicating with Families

Empathy in the Time of Coronavirus 

Enabling Others to Act

Encouraging the Heart

Flipped Learning 

Good vs Great Coaching 

Hard Conversations 

Hooking All Students on Learning
In-Person and Remotely

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 

Make Your Core Values Come Alive

Maximizing Distance Learning  

Multitasking: Meaningful, Myth, or Mistake 

Nudge to Your Advantage 

Observing in Remote and Hybrid Classrooms

One-on-One Conversations 

Optimizing Learning and Work Environment 

Overcoming Resistance to Change

Personalized Learning with Genius Hour 

Pivot and Delegate

Power(ful) Coaching, Part I

Relationships Built on Trust and Integrity Matter 

Self-Care to Care for Others 

Show the Way and Find Your Voice

Stop, Look, and Listen

The Importance of Questions

The Power of Small Wins 

The Science of Goal Setting 

Thriving or Surviving 

Tools for Leading High Functioning
Teams in Virtual Times

Well-Managed Time 



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