This blog is the shared thoughts of school administrators that want to share best practices in education. All of the authors have different experiences in education but all have the same goal; what is best for students.

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  1. Jen Von Iderstein
    August 10, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    As a newbie to web 2.0, and someone just finishing up my degree in Education Administration, I am so glad that I located your blog. I personally have been thinking of starting one as a place for new administrators, being that I will be one soon (hopefully).

    I have only read one of your posts, and I will bereading more of them! A lot of what you have discussed is extremely pertinent to education and the direction that it is headed. I am looking forward to reading more of this blog!

    Thank you for being an inspiration!


    Jen Von Iderstein
    Buffalo, NY

    • August 10, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for your support! We look forward to your comments on the posts as we do a lot of learning from the discussion and sharing that actually follows the posts.

      • March 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

        Hi George,

        How does one become a regular contributor?



    • John
      November 8, 2010 at 12:32 am

      I, too, am in the process of completing my administration courses. One of our assignments was to join a forum about educational leadership. A colleague recommended your site. As a future rookie administrator, I could certainly benefit form the discussions that take place on a site such as yours.

      • Antonio
        November 18, 2010 at 2:13 am

        Hope all is well….I just read your post…I am in the same situation in regard sto joining a social network site as part of the requirements of my principal qulification course. At first I hesitated as to which website might be interesting and of value as a future administrator…I am glad visited this site and found immmediate value after reading Tracey’s posting about grabbing attention and motivating others to becoome better at what they do. Best of luck with your course ….I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas.

    • February 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      I am also glad that I found your blog. I believe that we are at serious crosswords. We need to think creatively about how we fund our programs. We can deliver high quality programs and still contain costs.


  2. January 4, 2011 at 3:42 am


    I’m in my 3rd year as an Assistant Principal and I’m nervous about moving into the role of a campus principal. I really hope to gain lots of insight from your blog, thanks for sharing.


  3. February 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Good evening from Hong Kong. I would like to be a connected principal! I have just begun my role as a Vice Principal of an International School in Hong Kong and would love to share with other learners and educators such as your very good selves! I am not new to blogging with my class, but am new to it as a V.P. I am an avid sharer on twitter @neilringrose. My first post is on the blog above. I hope you like the animoto I made over the weekend as well! Thanks for your support!

  4. arun jee
    April 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, I am the principal of a school in India. I came across this interesting site through some of the members active on Twitter. I couldn’t believe that we, the principals, could also be connected. Looking forward to getting opportunities for learning in future.

    • April 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Mr. Jee,

      Welcome to the site. It is great for us to connect with other principals from all over the world. The more I connect, the more I realize that we have so much in common when we work with children. They truly need committed, connected educators no matter where the school is.

      I look forward to learning with you soon.



  5. July 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I feel so strongly that the flipped classroom approach is the answer that our entire school is flipping!!

  6. July 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    By flipping our school we are able to quadruple the time we spend helping students and properly align our resources with their needs. We have seen a reduction in failure by 30% in ELA and Math among our 9h grade students.

    • Carolyn Keenan
      August 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Could you please explain this concept in more detail. It sounds interesting.

  7. Tia
    July 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I have been a Vice-Principal for approximately 6 years (with two 6-month maternity leaves in there). I am just getting ready to head back to work in a new school. I am excited about the challenge and the future. Recently, I found your website and Connected Principals. It has been wonderful to read different articles, opinions, and be introduced to various websites and strategies. We are all on this journey of learning together. As a result, I thought what a better way to demonstrate my own learning and desire to learn, but to create my own blog. We are always learning, or we should be.

    I look forward to reading your blog (from a fellow Canadian).

    I would love to know how to become a contributor to Connected Principals.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

  8. October 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Very much enjoying your blog. Wanted to nudge you to a resource that some of your contributors and readers might find interesting: http://www.edSurge.com — a weekly newsletter on education-technology startups. You must “subscribe” but there’s no fee. Consider it a window into another world!

  9. January 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hello, I was looking for contact info for this blog to see if you accept paid advertising? I work for a non-profit org with a similar mission, so it would be relevant info.

    Please let me know via my email address.

    Thank you,

  10. Brian Walsh
    March 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm


    I’ve been a “founding principal” of a middle school for 8 yrs. now. I just recently found your site and am both glad and impressed. We speak often about “ending” teacher isolation and I hope this site does the same for administrators. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it. Wish I had found it earlier. Thank you.

    Brian Walsh

    • January 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Hi Brian,

      We have the tools to help you. We have many relationships with NYCPS Principals and they that have expressed the same concerns. Would you like to join our blog group? http://principalsessentials.com

      Joe Lawrence
      Principals Essentials

  11. March 31, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Greetings Connected Principals!

    My name is Keyton Weissinger. I’m not selling anything. 🙂

    I am an entrepreneur looking for feedback/opinions on a web service for schools I’m building called Simpler Admissions. From perusing your blog entries it appears that either you may be able to provide that feedback if you’ve time or suggest others potentially more suitable.

    The system is called Simpler Admissions (www.simpleradmissions.com) and it makes it easier for schools to manage the admissions/enrollment process by providing the following:

    * Easy-to-use online school forms
    * Per-student task tracking
    * Reports and bird’s-eye view
    * Easy classroom management

    I would appreciate any feedback you might have time for on the service or the website.

    Thank you very much.


    Keyton Weissinger
    Simpler Admissions

  12. Krista Scott
    April 10, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I am excited to find this blog! I follow some of the contributors on Twitter. I started out as an Ed Tech junkie and am working on my dissertation for a doctorate in Instructional Technology. This is my first year as a building principal. I am finally getting my feet on the ground so I can be better connected. Thanks for starting this endeavor!

  13. May 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Good night.
    My name is Manuel Tito Martinez and I am director of a school in kindergarten and primary education in Andújar (Jaén – Spain).
    Collaborative work in a partnership of directors (ASADIPRE) and administer our platform Moodle (Master). Today we share the platform almost 800 directors.
    I have known your existence (@ conprin) via Twitter, where I am registered as @ manueltwito
    It’s very interesting to contact colleagues in other parts of the world and exchange information, opinions, etc..
    We read!
    Manuel T.

  14. DeSean Dyson
    May 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I would love to join this website. Is it open to any administrator?

  15. May 30, 2012 at 6:19 am

    I am a Doctorate student that is always doing research over Educational Leadership and Management. I love to join this site and be an active member. Currently I am making a blog on wordpress with my cohort group. Great administration comments and topics.

  16. July 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I ran across your blog tonight as I was looking for online communities for administrators. I began a website at http://www.k12hrsolutions.com that provides human resource solutions to school districts in their human resource needs. I would appreciate an opportunity to write a guest post on the topics of teacher selection, performance management of teachers, recruiting and retention of teachers, and effective leadership in education. Keep up the good work here. This is a wonderful resource.

  17. Carolyn Keenan
    August 17, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I am excited to have found this website. As an educational leadership student,I am eager to participate in discussions. With the start of a new school year, this blog is exciting and will be valuable in my studies.

  18. August 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I stumbled on this blog in my explorations online. I am looking forward to learning and sharing. I am the Principal of a K-12 School in India for the last 8 years.

  19. Carolyn Keenan
    September 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I am currently enrolled in both an Educational Law and a Curriculum Development course at Southern CT State University, New Haven CT. I am very interested in sharing my learning in hopes that there are administrators who might share their input. Hoping for conversations on these topics.
    Thank you,
    Carolyn Keenan

  20. Patrick Del Rosario
    November 15, 2012 at 3:45 am


    please contact me at Patrick@oc.edu.au 🙂 I can’t find your email.

    Thank you

  21. January 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I am delighted to have connected here to Connected Principals. I am looking forward to reading and engaging with many fellow teachers here.
    I am working in a small 44-pupil rural school in SE Ireland and I will welcome any debate / comment via my blog. I blog pretty much only on my positives in teaching (not easy, betimes!)

    Beir bua!

  22. Robert McCabe
    February 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I came across your blog while following some administrators on Twitter that mention it. As an aspiring administrator I am looking forward to reading up on the many topics this blog has to offer. I’m a big proponent of taking charge of you own learning. This blog will do just that for me while also inquipping me with the most up to date information and resources. Thank you!

  23. Rob
    February 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm


    My name is Rob. I’m a specialist in plagiarism detection. I found your blog quite interesting.
    I thought that I can share with you some interesting information about the industry I’m working in.
    The problem of plagiarism among students is very popular, so I think that the audience for your blog will be interested in such kind of content.

    Please tell me if you are interested and would accept content from me!

    Thank you in advance!

  24. March 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm


    I would like to share a webinar with Connected Principal’s titled Solutions for Common Core Success. In the free webinar principals are presented with practical solutions they can use right away with their staff to prepare for the Common Core writing transition in their school. Solutions for Common Core Success was featured on Education Leaders Network and is full of useful tips to support your teachers’ focus on strong Common Core writing instruction. Principal’s will also learn about different writing obstacles their teachers face and how they can help remove these roadblocks in order to foster a great writing culture within their school!

    Please let me know if you are interested in sharing this webinar and would accept it for posting on Connected Principals.

    Thank you!

  25. James Anderson
    May 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi there,
    I enjoyed browsing through your blog, and I was wondering if you accept guest posts. I’m a freelance writer, and I thought that an article that goes over a few ways to encourage students to feel prepared would be a good fit for your blog. Helping kids learn to be proactive about being prepared helps build characteristics for success, and if this sounds like an article you’d care to go over, please get back to me and we can work something out.
    All the best,

  26. James Anderson
    June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    My offer is still up for the guest post, and I’d like to work with you. Hope to hear from you soon!

  27. September 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Hello, administrators! My name is Paige Woodard and I am a high school senior from Franklin, Indiana. I am part of a student-run, project-based class called Innovations. My project is to bring social media to the classroom. I plan to do this by filming a DVD on why social media is important to the education system and how to incorporate it into the curriculum. More information can be found on my blog at paigeawoodard.wordpress.com.

    I am reaching out to this community in hopes of collaborating with administrators who are willing to help me along my journey to my ultimate goal. If any administrator has an opinion on why social media is important to the curriculum and would like to share their opinion on my blog, please email me at paige.a.woodard@gmail.com. I am also hoping to converse with administrators who would be interested in my DVD and/or helping me in any way they see fit. Please contact me with any information you have to offer. Thank you!

  28. November 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    It appears that you may have been hacked, since at least some of the posts have had ads inserted for “adult” products, and pharmacies. I assume you didn’t put or want them there, but you probably should address this for obvious reasons. In some cases the ads are text links with articles highlighted in the text in red.

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is a great site. I’d like to share it with others, but as it is, I really can’t link to pages with that kind of content

  29. Tanya Schenck
    February 17, 2014 at 7:46 am


    I am really impressed with your blog post, it is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Mostly I create about educational and student related subjects. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.

    Thank You,
    Tanya Schenck

  30. Jan Kasal
    March 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Your blog is growing. It needs a search field, so readers can find what they want to read about. Also, a contact information would help, instead of writing replies. The readers will appreciate, believe me.

  31. April 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hello, I couldn’t find an email contact, so I’m posting this message here. I’m a teacher and an app developer. I’ve recently released a new app for iPad called Oncore, a classroom productivity tool and formative assessment app. I’m reaching out to the edtech community to raise awareness of Oncore. Our website is oncoreeducation.com. Please let me know if you’d like a download code to try Oncore out. Thanks for your time.


    Scott Rosenkranz

  32. June 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Just wondering how we go about submitting blog entries, and becoming a contributor?

  33. Anne Kalisek
    July 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Hello all, I just came across this site when looking for some things to share with the many new assistant principals that my district just hired. I am the new Director of Secondary Education for Palm Springs USD. I’m very intrigued in this site. Kudos to you who began it and continue to grow it. I am going to share this info with all the principals.

    I’ve noticed a few posts about flipped classrooms. I’ve also used flipped Professional Development with my staff and it was very well received. A week before a meeting, I’d send out a link or Powerpoint that the staff had to watch and be ready to discuss. Try it some time.

    But my main reason for posting is I’m starting to look for good Common Core secondary math materials. Anyone have anything out there?

  34. January 7, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Hi. It’s Mary from DialMyCalls. We’re a mass notification service used by schools that lets them send phone calls & text messages to an entire Student Directory in seconds. I came across your blog, which seems like a perfect fit for the customers who use us. I’d love to talk and see if there’s any way would could work with you to get our name out to your visitors.

    Do you offer any kind of guest blog posts, sponsored posts, social media plugs, or any other ways to get our service out to your followers?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

  35. February 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    You shared very informative post with us…Thanks!

  36. February 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Really Informative.

  37. Amelia Harper
    February 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm


    Have a good day,

    Advertising Inquiries on http://connectedprincipals.com,

    My name is Amelia,

    I’d like to inquire about a possible advertising opportunity on your site, I need to promoting our several client websites who offers services for Health, Busines, Tech, Education, Home Improvement etc.

    Does your site offer advertising options? If so, would you be interested in discussing rates and availability?, I am looking for Guest Post and Link Placement in an exisiting post on your sites,

    I look forward to hearing from you


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  38. March 1, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Its my pleasure to find your blog and we provide one-to-one coaching executive coaching across the US.

  39. May 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Really informative stuff. I love this post. Thanks!

  40. July 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Very informative stuff…Thanks!

  41. August 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Great website and as most, I would like to be connected, share, and be a part of a much larger PLN. Please follow me on twitter @dameonwyatt. Hope to stay connected with all.

  42. September 14, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I would be interested in contributing articles to this blog, really enjoy the posts and feel I would have something topics to share out through this medium

    There does not seem to be any submission information

    could you please forward the process to jmikton@icsz.ch

  43. October 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm


    I am not selling anything! Just wanted to share a free event my team and I are hosting this Thursday in NYC. Our speaker is an amazing, 80+ year old teacher who is travelling in her car across the US to meet Student Centered Schools. Below are details if you could share with like minded friends. Thank you.


  44. Valentin
    December 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Dear reader,

    I am glad I found this blog. I think this is a perfect platform for me to share my idea. I already posted information about this idea on edutopia.com (http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/international-research-trip-schools-what-can-we-learn-each-other) and now wanted to bring it to you as well.
    Sadly I could not find any posting or contacting function so I hope somebody responsible will contact me.

    Kind regards,

  45. January 22, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Its really a very good idea.

  46. February 4, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Very innovative stuff, I am really impressed with your idea.

  47. February 23, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I’m educator and career coach working in the field of adult education. A results-driven instructor with proven success in my areas of expertise, including academic writing and test preparation. Blogs regularly on personal development, skills building and career development. Academic Writing Lab Instructor at Edusson.com.
    It’ll be great to work with you.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you
    Kay Daya

  48. March 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

    You are doing an amazing work and it will be my pleasure if i can help you with this.

  49. April 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I wish to become a regular contributor to blogs on this site, as well. There are some great posts and I would be interested in sharing.
    How is it possible to make this happen? 🙂

  50. May 7, 2016 at 5:41 am

    This is a very inspiring post. Thanks a lot for coming up with forum whereby teachers get to discuss issues that are significant when it comes to teaching. We can only hope that your dreams of coming up with what is best for students will come true soon enough. I’m glad that I came across this post.

  51. Toni
    May 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Reading all experiences on this site, is very interesting and inspiring; reading about all the many hats that one must wear can very overwhelming for a newbie.

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  53. June 17, 2016 at 1:23 am

    One of the post on your website. Great to find it today.


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