Connected Principals Posts

One of the more humorous definitions of a meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are lost. In education we have a lot of meetings and a…

Read More Making Meetings Meaningful

This is a cross post from my blog. As one of the technology leaders at my school, I have had to immerse myself in technology.  This post describes some of…

Read More Technology Immersion

I have pledged to make myself spend two half days a week (at a minimum) doing nothing but visiting classrooms.  I want to connect with students, see the work that…

Read More A Learning Observation

I think that anyone who blogs and tweets, has written almost a seemingly mandatory post on the “Power of Twitter” (I know I have).  Seeing the power of connecting and…

Read More Defending From Twitter Overload

PICK A ‘NO OFFICE DAY’ – SEPTEMBER 12-16th, 2011 At about the same time back in December 2010, Lyn Hilt & I both decided to spend a little more time…

Read More International No Office Day

  flickr photo via fdecomite As I seek clarity and inspiration for another new school year, a recent conversation with my fellow nemeticists has once again got me thinking. As teacher’s…

Read More If it is to be, it’s up to we…

At the opening Junior High School faculty meeting, I shared that I would be referring to us (internally) as “JH 2.11.” Like version software, such as OS 10.6 or Windows…

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For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash One of the primary…

Read More Removing Roadblocks

Cross-posted at Edutopia. School leaders across the country are meticulously planning for the upcoming year.  This process has become more difficult as mounting challenges such as budget cuts and what seems…

Read More How Will You Lead This Year?

I recently wrote a blog post titled “5 conversations to improve your school right now!” The 5 topics I recommend each school to discuss are: 1) – Homework in schools…

Read More My thoughts on homework…

  Nothing says, “I trust you”, less than blocking websites in organizations and schools. I recently read how Rhode Island has now outlawed social media in schools (at last glance…

Read More Absence of Trust

Steve Bollar is an Upper Elementary Principal of Hartford Upper Elementary in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. He is passionate about creating a positive school climate and school culture one student,…

Read More Tenure by Steve Bollar @StandTallSteve

A few weeks ago I “attended” Principal Lyn Hilt’s session: “Differentiating Learning: It’s Not Just for Students!” at the  Reform Symposium Worldwide E-Conference. A common comment/complaint I’ve heard from other…

Read More Differentiating Learning for Teachers