Connected Principals Posts

cc flickr photo by striatic This week, I attended the Virtual Schools Symposium (iNacol) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Attending conferences, and leaving with a nauseating mix of frustration, excitement, confusion and…

Read More What am I doing?

As educators we routinely wonder whether or not the advice that we impart on our students actually has had a positive impact.  Sometimes were are given direct feedback, but other…

Read More Profound Impact

“When the world is flat, you can innovate without having to emigrate” Thomas L. Friedman Last year, I was seconded as the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning.  As…

Read More Defining Innovation

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”                                                                                                                                       ~Cesare Pavese~ We forget, in the rush of school days that hundred of lives are lived every day in our buildings. And,…

Read More A Single Tree

picture: zazzy.com In almost everything you read today about leadership you read about the importance of Transparency. To be honest the concepts scares some people. How can a be completely…

Read More Just Be Honest – Be Yourself

I regularly view the world through a lens of leadership. In the sports arena I observe coaches and general managers, evaluating their decisions and styles. In the political world, I…

Read More The Lens of Leadership

“If we want teacher evaluation systems that teachers find meaningful and from which they can learn, we must use processes that not only are rigorous, valid, and reliable, but also…

Read More Valuing Evaluation

Cross-posted at “The Wejr Board” blog. I recently had the honour of presenting to a neighbouring school district about my journey in developing on online personal learning network (PLN) and…

Read More Connected Leadership: A Journey

I make it a habit each summer to try new things and to put myself in situations in which I will inevitably grow as an educator. This summer I made…

Read More How Do You Learn?

When talking with a group of teachers last week about the frustration that sometimes comes with not feeling they are respected as professionals in the field of education, I had…

Read More Teachers As Advocates

Picture: bundleofblossoms.blogspot.com Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote for my Principals Post Blog: This is an excerpt of an email I sent ot my faculty before Rosh…

Read More We Often Forget To Say Thank You

Over the past several months, there have been a number of posts and articles about evaluating teachers in K-12 education.  And in just the last few days, the media in…

Read More Evaluate me!

In his book Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni tells us that if you have a team that sits around and always agrees, you are not a real team.…

Read More Challenge Me.

As a school administrator and former special education teacher, I have tremendous respect and high regard for teachers. Occasionally, the teaching field can be extremely-difficult, stressful, and full of delayed…

Read More Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You

“Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.” ~Richard Elmore~ I used this quote a few weeks back during one…

Read More Not Rocket Science…