Connected Principals Posts

       So I have spent the last six weeks or so traveling around the world interviewing at amazing schools, trying hard to find that perfect long term fit…

Read More People are Beautiful

We talk often about the importance of “collaboration”,  but talking about the impact of an individual is often taboo.  Effective collaboration is made up of bringing unique talents of individuals…

Read More Being a Void that is Felt

We talk often about the importance of “collaboration”,  but talking about the impact of an individual is often taboo.  Effective collaboration is made up of bringing unique talents of individuals to move a group ahead. It is not about all thinking the same thing, but the strengths of individuals coming together.  Collaboration is talked about … [Read more…]

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Dear Defender of the Status Quo,



The status quo does not need your help.



It is a powerful force on its own. It has inertia on its side. And fear. And control. 



You feel safer with what’s familiar, but you’re not. 



In the end, failure to change makes you antique, obsolescent, irrelevant, and eventually extinct.



You can see that the world is changing around you. Fast. Really fast. The evidence is everywhere. But what are you doing about it?



The status quo won’t prepare students for the challenges they will face. 



Change is inevitable, and you are needed as a change-maker.



Is your teaching today much different from how you were taught? Are your lessons preparing students for yesterday or tomorrow? 



Desks are lined in straight rows. Students listen for instructions, complete assignments, take tests. How is the experience unique to the world today and not the world of 50 years ago?



You are more than a curriculum implementer. You are a positive change maker. You work with the most valuable resource in the worldchildren.



You matter.



A lot has been pushed on you I know. Your work has been devalued, disrespected, and run down.



Your work is more than a test score.



But it won’t help to circle the wagons and just hang on to the old. 



It’s tempting to become cynical. To resent the bureaucrats or pundits who want to change you from the outside. Who want to create a marketplace for a child’s education.



Keep the focus on your students.



Keep an eye on tomorrow.



Don’t let your school become a time capsule.



Be a champion for change. Don’t wait for it to happen to you. Drive the change from your platform. You have a voice. 



You are a leader.



People want to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against. I want to know.



Share your story.



Inspire.



You can let the challenges cause you to clinch your fists and hang on to what you know, or you can reach for something new and be the one who creates a better tomorrow for public schools, and ultimately for kids.



Dream.



If technology isn’t your strength, that’s okay. But how are you growing? How are you becoming a stronger digital learner?





Grow.



You lead by example. Your example is your greatest opportunity for influence. Your students are watching.



Don’t allow change to be something done to you. Be empowered.



Your work can’t be replaced by a machine, but only if you connect and relate and stay relevant. You may be a kid’s best chance. You can be a game-changer.



Spread hope.



Remember to always teach kids first, and then curriculum. Teach them how to think. How to work the problem. How to adapt to whatever they might face.



Create excitement around learning. Make it count for something besides a grade or a diploma or a test score.



The status quo is a taker. It takes your passion, your zest, your difference. It tries to make you like everyone else.



Stand out.



You are not an interchangeable part and neither are your students. Make your classroom more artwork and less assembly line.



And please, please don’t be a defender of the status quo…



We’ve always done it this way just won’t cut it anymore.

Read More Dear Defender of the Status Quo…





Dear Defender of the Status Quo,



The status quo does not need your help.



It is a powerful force on its own. It has inertia on its side. And fear. And control. 



You feel safer with what’s familiar, but you’re not. 



In the end, failure to change makes you antique, obsolescent, irrelevant, and eventually extinct.



You can see that the world is changing around you. Fast. Really fast. The evidence is everywhere. But what are you doing about it?



The status quo won’t prepare students for the challenges they will face. 



Change is inevitable, and you are needed as a change-maker.



Is your teaching today much different from how you were taught? Are your lessons preparing students for yesterday or tomorrow? 



Desks are lined in straight rows. Students listen for instructions, complete assignments, take tests. How is the experience unique to the world today and not the world of 50 years ago?



You are more than a curriculum implementer. You are a positive change maker. You work with the most valuable resource in the worldchildren.



You matter.



A lot has been pushed on you I know. Your work has been devalued, disrespected, and run down.



Your work is more than a test score.



But it won’t help to circle the wagons and just hang on to the old. 



It’s tempting to become cynical. To resent the bureaucrats or pundits who want to change you from the outside. Who want to create a marketplace for a child’s education.



Keep the focus on your students.



Keep an eye on tomorrow.



Don’t let your school become a time capsule.



Be a champion for change. Don’t wait for it to happen to you. Drive the change from your platform. You have a voice. 



You are a leader.



People want to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against. I want to know.



Share your story.



Inspire.



You can let the challenges cause you to clinch your fists and hang on to what you know, or you can reach for something new and be the one who creates a better tomorrow for public schools, and ultimately for kids.



Dream.



If technology isn’t your strength, that’s okay. But how are you growing? How are you becoming a stronger digital learner?





Grow.



You lead by example. Your example is your greatest opportunity for influence. Your students are watching.



Don’t allow change to be something done to you. Be empowered.



Your work can’t be replaced by a machine, but only if you connect and relate and stay relevant. You may be a kid’s best chance. You can be a game-changer.



Spread hope.



Remember to always teach kids first, and then curriculum. Teach them how to think. How to work the problem. How to adapt to whatever they might face.



Create excitement around learning. Make it count for something besides a grade or a diploma or a test score.



The status quo is a taker. It takes your passion, your zest, your difference. It tries to make you like everyone else.



Stand out.



You are not an interchangeable part and neither are your students. Make your classroom more artwork and less assembly line.



And please, please don’t be a defender of the status quo…



We’ve always done it this way just won’t cut it anymore.

Read More Dear Defender of the Status Quo…

Tony Sinanis, a friend that I consider a brother, is one of the most thoughtful educators and leaders I know.  He recently wrote this as a Facebook status: Maybe in our…

Read More Going Past “Knowing”

Tony Sinanis, a friend that I consider a brother, is one of the most thoughtful educators and leaders I know.  He recently wrote this as a Facebook status: Maybe in our schools our focus should be on helping educators & educational leaders develop a growth mindset instead of just focusing on the kids. #edchat Although I … [Read more…]

Read More Going Past “Knowing”

Today I’ve decided to take a break from a focus on school leadership and share some simple joys of life. During Thanksgiving Break, I took time to record a couple of songs that I decided to include in today’s bonus podcast track. My wife and I have four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. This […]

Read More PMP Bonus Track: Focusing on the Simple Joys of Life

This time of year can be emotionally exhausting, so here is something that might brighten up your day. Watch this GIF of a dad teaching his son to hit a baseball and tells him to “keep his eye on the ball”: “Keep your eye on the ball son” I laughed hysterically at this when I … [Read more…]

Read More The Emotional Roller Coaster of Being a Teacher

  In my consulting work with Winnipeg School Division (#WinnipegSD), we have developed a program in which we develop “Innovative Teaching and Learning Leads” (ITLLs). The purpose of this program is to focus not only what innovative teaching and learning looks like, but also to develop teachers as leaders to support the process within their schools. When … [Read more…]

Read More “Telling will never be as effective as experiencing.”