Connected Principals Posts

While I was at EdCamp Kansas City in early November, I attended a session with John Carver and Shannon Miller from Van Meter, Iowa, about leading change. John spoke a…

Read More The OODA Loop. Do you do it?

I often read posts and tweets asking what kind of advice you could give to new teachers.  The tips passed along are very thoughtful and helpful for those new to…

Read More No Matter What…You're Live!

I like to be in charge. More specifically, I like to be in control. I want to be the person driving the car, and I certainly want to be the…

Read More I Like To Be In Charge

Since much of the most relevant knowledge on the edge is tacit knowledge, edge participants naturally place a heavy emphasis on building diverse networks of relationships that will help them…

Read More Living on the edge.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” Jonathan Swift One of the cornerstones in propelling organizations forward is having a “Clearly Defined/Articulated Vision”.  This is referenced…

Read More How Clear is Your Vision?

I have always enjoyed reading and now devote a lot of my reading time to educational blogs and books that expose me to various ideas and opportunities to improve education. …

Read More Parent Book Club – Mindset

On the journey of implementing technology into our districts, schools, and classrooms, we are often confronted with red tape, bureaucracy, and the conflict between the technical “back end” and the educational “front end”. At times, when these roadblocks can frustrate and seem insurmountable, it important to have a supportive, positive and progressive relationship between policymakers, IT personnel and educators. With synergies between these partners, we can truly make strides.

Read More Strides

The image above is something I see quite often in our school.  Kids working in groups in the hallways, older students with younger ones.  As a school principal this tells…

Read More Maintaining Connections

Have you really ever tried to listen? Not just attend to. Not just look at, nod the head and verbalize an affirmative to someone. To really listen you have to…

Read More Listening

Ever been to a meeting when your Blackberry is more interesting than the presenter? How about to a meeting that was so exciting that “it had you from hello”? What made the difference between the two? What made you engage as a learner?

By maximizing interactions between participants, we can engage learners and make meetings and classes so much more than an opportunity to catch up on emails or play video poker on our iPhones.

Read More Engage

In Why Talent Is Overrated, writer Geoff Colvin declares that the “conventional wisdom about ‘natural’ talent is a myth.”  If natural talent is a myth……What separates good leaders from truly great…

Read More The Art of Deliberate Practice

picture: grifith.edu.au “While organizations can pronounce a change in policy or procedure, they cannot proclaim a change in attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors…The concept of changing culture may seem simple enough,…

Read More School Culture

Ever since I have been using Twitter, I have seen that conferences have gone past the opportunity to learn new information, but to really extend and share with others. Most…

Read More Would the dogs eat it?