Connected Principals Posts

Public schooling has been under attack recently.  The view of the public school teacher has been negatively portrayed in the media lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am pro reform…

Read More What is an EPSE?

If we really believe that the best ideas come from the confluence of many thinkers with different angles on the same set of principles, then we should be willing to…

Read More Are You Willing to Connect?

My colleagues are probably tired of my tired metaphors. I try very hard not to speak in cliche, but often simple one-liners say exactly what I want to say. For…

Read More Jazz vs. Classical

How many times have we presented to our peers on a topic, hosted a staff meeting, had a parent night, or given a lesson in a class, and the wrapped up our topic, folded up our laptop and walked away wondering if “they got it” and “Did I do a good job?”. I would endeavor to guess that this is fairly common for educators, but how often do we actually take the time to find out if the message that we were hoping to deliver was the message that was actually received? Getting feedback from our audience is one of the most important things we can do to improve our practice, but it requires a process to get the feedback, effort to collect it, and the courage to accept constructive criticism and change as a result.

Read More Feed ‘Em

As an administrator, when a problem confronts us, it is easy to be lured into the ‘solving the problem’. It seems quicker, it seems cleaner, and it allows us to get on with our day. However, when we ‘solve the problem’ rather than choosing to become facilitators of the problem-solving process, we often lose the commitment and engagement of our stakeholders and ultimately miss the opportunity to truly find a workable solution.

Read More Don’t Solve The Problem

The above video does not exemplify distributed leadership.  The manager in the video is delegating tasks.  Delegating responsibilities is very different from distributing leadership.  Distributed leadership is a powerful conceptual…

Read More Distributing Leadership

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