Connected Principals Posts

Every August, I lead the new teacher training in our district for all incoming middle and high school teachers. Most of the teachers aren’t just new to our district; they…

Read More Time For A Change

Every August, I lead the new teacher training in our district for all incoming middle and high school teachers. Most of the teachers aren’t just new to our district; they…

Read More Time For A Change

As I sat in the Philly airport earlier today waiting for my delayed flight to ASCD’s Leader To Leader Conference I followed the travails of colleague @JasonFlom. He was traveling…

Read More Influence is Better Than Control

Photo: http://peterharrisonphotography.smugmug.com/ Self Determination Theory research has consistently demonstrated that more autonomous forms of motivation are associated with a host of positive outcomes from greater academic performance, creativity, and persistence,…

Read More External Pressure/Internal Determination

Right now there is a conversation that is going on in #EDChat about the impact that social media has on education.  As many posts in the last little while have…

Read More Game Changer?

Safety is paramount! Safety is really rule #1. As a parent and as a professional educator, I believe fervently that safety is critically important. Safety, precaution, and care come in…

Read More Be safe and teach them to drive!

Well, here it is.  The last day of my final course in my M. Ed. (Leadership) program.  I am here at the beautiful University of Portland campus fulfilling the residency…

Read More The Journey – M. Ed. at UP

A few days ago my daughter and I were skimming through the channels when we came across a retro cartoon channel. She was intrigued while I waxed nostalgic as the…

Read More Waiting for…Spiderman

In October, I posted an idea here called FedEx Prep: Time For Innovation.  Based on the ideas discussed by Daniel Pink, in his book “Drive“, the idea was to increase…

Read More FedEx Prep: A Reflection

Spending the last four days at a national leadership conference (CASA 11) in Niagara Falls on 21st Century Learning and Innovation (which had no Twitter hashtag until a few of…

Read More This is not optional anymore…

This week, my family and I saw Cars 2, the sequel to the fabulous, animated story of Lightening McQueen and his learnings of humility with his new-found family in Radiator…

Read More A 007 Principal’s Ride

False dichotomy: aka. the either-or fallacy, fallacy of false choice, black-and-white thinking or the fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses) a type of logical fallacy that involves a situation in which only…

Read More The Dichotomy Defense

As educators, we are often faced with an opportunity to take the easy road or the hard road.  The easy road often works for us as parents, teachers, and administrators…

Read More It’s Easy…

One of my favorite facets of being a principal is sharing ideas and resources. Today, day three of my new principalship, I had the perfect opportunity to share.   It…

Read More Sharing With Teachers is Fun