Connected Principals Posts

Parents and schools (teachers, administrators, staff, etc.) are members of the same team – partners – striving together for the same goal. The goal, I hope and trust, is to…

Read More The Essential Conversation

In the second of this ongoing series of blog posts (from my personal blog) with topics chosen by my wife and son, I will share some ideas about facilities.  …

Read More Location, Location, Location

[Version I: Just the Manifesto] My Open Educator Manifesto ‘We’ educate future citizens of the world Teaching is my professional practice I Share by default I am Open, Transparent, Collaborative,…

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I’ve always been a good athlete. Playing almost any sport, except the ones where I had to be really tall or strong, came pretty easily to me. In high school,…

Read More The Art and Science of Teaching

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. – Mary Pickford  …

Read More The necessity of failure

It is the “month of AprilMayJune” (so coined because it goes so fast that it seems like three months compressed into one) and like it is for everyone in education,…

Read More Reflecting on the Run

There comes a time in the life of every leader when we have to take a hard, honest look in the mirror and ask a fundamental question: “If I weren’t…

Read More Would You Follow You?

If you think you can make a difference – you can. As adults, is there any doubt that we are more attentive, more purposeful, and more driven when pursing our…

Read More The Power of Passion

Many teachers have the following one rule in their classroom: respect. Often it is expanded into respect for yourself, respect for others, respect for property. Respect is a quality that…

Read More Respect

“The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers.  They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average.” — Seth Godin How many educators…

Read More Leading With Our Linchpins

The following has been cross-posted at the Will Deyamport’s blog. “Bosses ought to be judged by what they and their people get done and by how their followers feel along…

Read More Does great have to be the default?

A few weeks ago, Tom Schimmer challenged us to create our elevator statements about 21st Century Learning. With all of the talk about Personalized Learning for the 21st Century, I…

Read More Elevator Statement Challenge