Connected Principals Posts

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

Picture from cartoonstock.com This year we are focusing on 21st Century Learning. For many myself included while this is exciting it can also be scary. What does it mean is…

Read More Looking Back to Look Forward

As I prepare for my first year as an administrator, I continue to be humbled and amazed by the many intricacies of the administrative job (and school hasn’t even started yet!).…

Read More Teachers, my commitment to you…

“How do we get reluctant administrators on board with utilizing technologies to communicate, connect, and collaborate?” This is one of the most prevalent questions I encounter when chatting with educators…

Read More The bar has been raised.

“Instead of worrying about the message your school is sending on social media platforms, consider the message your school is sending by NOT engaging with social media at all.” M.…

Read More Your School Needs a Facebook Page

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post: Effective Leadership in the Age of Reform. School improvement efforts rely heavily on quality leadership.   Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement…

Read More Qualities of Effective Principals

Below are quotes from an article written by Lord Rabbi Johnathan Sacks Chief Rabbi of the British Common Wealth about the importance of questions and how asking questions is really…

Read More The Importance of Asking Questions

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl~ I started teaching almost 20 years ago, in a world that no…

Read More 3 Things

Student behaviour and discipline are well-discussed topics at schools and many schools have opted to use school-wide behaviour programs to help “solve” issues with student misbehaviour. A few years ago,…

Read More My Issue With Rewards

Minutes ago, I sent the following email to the Junior High School faculty and administration at The Westminster Schools. Dear Junior High Faculty and Administration: As has become my practice,…

Read More Goal Keepers