You’ve been asked to write another letter of recommendation for a teacher colleague. You want to be supportive but are already behind on so many other things. Fortunately, you can write a great letter of recommendation for a teacher (or other educator) quickly. Let me show you how.

It’s no…


From the misadventures of Ferris Bueller’s principal Mr. Rooney, children’s books (Ramona) discussing how to spell , and the hapless principal archetype in most teen sitcoms, the school principal is an integral part of American culture.

We all have our own impressions of a school principal from our…


Unfortunately, we’re on the front end of an economic downturn. It will impact state budgets, and educators everywhere need to .

A recession means we are likely to see RIFs. I’ve experienced reduction in force — once on the receiving end and the other handing out the…


Do you find yourself spending every penny you earn, no matter how much you make?

Lifestyle inflation (a.k.a lifestyle creep) was our biggest financial mistake. Sure, education isn’t a path to extreme wealth, but you can earn a decent living. Even as two brand new teachers, we earned above the…


I’m a big believer that educators can build wealth while doing the work we love. I constantly push back on the myth that educators are doomed to poverty. That said, location matters: salary, cost of living, and retirement benefits all matter.

There are states where it’s incredibly difficult to get…


If you’re a goal oriented person, you typically have a clear reason for starting a major project. We certainly did when we decided to sell our large home for financial reasons. Sometimes, though, after you’re done you’ve accomplished even more than expected. …

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