Connected Principals Posts

I really can’t explain it, but tornados have been following me around for a lifetime. It began with my father in the middle of the famous Worcester Tornado. He happened to…

Read More Revisiting Joplin

One of my professional goals this year is to encourage teachers to reflect, by providing them with the tools and time to do so. In addition, my goal is to…

Read More Building Professional Trust

    “We are often better served by connecting ideas than we are by protecting them.” ~ Steven Johnson It turns out that almost all really good ideas are the…

Read More Network~Net Work

Last year, one of my teachers, named Nancy, poked her nose into my office with an impish look on her face. She said, “I know you’re busy, but I just…

Read More Nancy’s Imaginary Line

Yesterday, I read yet another article on “The Entitlement Generation” published in the Globe and Mail.  It was a scathing account of the younger generation of today, written by some…

Read More Up hill both ways in a snowstorm

Our school recently underwent our accreditation process and reviewed the foundational documents that direct the vision for our school.  As a school, we decided to use the Middle States Association’s,…

Read More Embedding our graduate profile

A few weeks ago, Apple, one of the most successful companies around today saw their leader step down, presumably for health problems.  Immediately, consumers were worried and stock dropped with…

Read More Systems Thinking

As the chairman of the Technology Committee at my school, I have been charged with the task of assembling a team of educators who will be responsible for setting the…

Read More Vision BEFORE Purchase

Last year, during the reading of Dr. Ross Greene’s book “Lost at School” (another must read for any parent or educator), the following question helped me to further drive my…

Read More They need Teaching… not Punishment

At a 5th and 6th grade track meet last spring, my school was responsible for coordinating the discus event. Saturday was a cold, cloudy, and windy day. It was one…

Read More Focus on Improvement

This is a cross post from my personal blog.  Our school elevator is broken, and as a result our students who are wheelchair bound cannot access the second floor of…

Read More Broken Elevator

      This is a revised version of a post originally to my own blog. When I’m doing math homework, I just really go fast and crazy, and in…

Read More So Much Homework

I attended a student’s funeral last Friday. She was a tenth grader, a fifteen year old, and a young woman just beginning her life. She was murdered, shot in the…

Read More This is Life or Death

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by creativecommoners “Our mantra is that you lead by influence, rather than authority.” — Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel…

Read More Do Different Things

Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a great discussion with one of the teachers at my school. We started this conversation during his conference period, and the discussion continued…

Read More Seeing eye to eye