Connected Principals Posts

“How do we get reluctant administrators on board with utilizing technologies to communicate, connect, and collaborate?” This is one of the most prevalent questions I encounter when chatting with educators…

Read More The bar has been raised.

“Instead of worrying about the message your school is sending on social media platforms, consider the message your school is sending by NOT engaging with social media at all.” M.…

Read More Your School Needs a Facebook Page

Cross-posted at the Huffington Post: Effective Leadership in the Age of Reform. School improvement efforts rely heavily on quality leadership.   Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement…

Read More Qualities of Effective Principals

Below are quotes from an article written by Lord Rabbi Johnathan Sacks Chief Rabbi of the British Common Wealth about the importance of questions and how asking questions is really…

Read More The Importance of Asking Questions

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl~ I started teaching almost 20 years ago, in a world that no…

Read More 3 Things

Student behaviour and discipline are well-discussed topics at schools and many schools have opted to use school-wide behaviour programs to help “solve” issues with student misbehaviour. A few years ago,…

Read More My Issue With Rewards

Minutes ago, I sent the following email to the Junior High School faculty and administration at The Westminster Schools. Dear Junior High Faculty and Administration: As has become my practice,…

Read More Goal Keepers

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