Connected Principals Posts

As I complete my thirteenth year as an educator, I would like to share thirteen lessons learned throughout my time as a teacher and/or principal. 1.
 I’ve come to realize…

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Amongst your students and the staff you work with reflect on who is “Hunting” and who is a “Gathering.”  This awareness will give you a better understanding of how to…

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   ~Lao Tzu~ We hosted an un-conference last week with a collection of some of our district’s strongest teachers to explore…

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Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm and I were recently asked by educator and author Larry Ferlazzo to respond to the question: HOW CAN WE  KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED WITHOUT CARROTS & STICKS?  My response originally…

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I had a great opportunity recently to attend the #140Cuse conference in Syracuse, New York, and learn from some amazing innovators from many different industries.  It was a great experience…

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I just recently finished reading Todd Whitaker’s newest book, “Shifting the Monkey: The art of protecting good people from liars, criers, and other slackers.” For the record, I am a big fan…

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar titled, Using social media to enhance school-community relations. The webinar was spearheaded by Dr. Scott McLeod, professor at the University of…

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“Teaching more than virtually any activity (aside from parenting, perhaps) depends on quick instinctive habits and behaviour, and on deeply held ways of seeing and valuing.”        …

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(This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE, Qatar – on re-designing spaces for learning: http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching and…

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Cross-posted on the Burlington High School Principal’s Blog There’s no doubt that the release of the documentary Bully will lead to some deeper discussion on bullying and what we can do to…

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Last week, I had a chance to meet with some parents from our school, and plan an upcoming 60-minute meeting in April – only this is not going to be…

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On Monday, I read a great post by Ira Socol: Question Everything. I love the Boeing 787 story, and the Guardian newspaper video commercial is one of those self-explanatory examples…

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