Connected Principals Posts

Too often in education, we make decisions based on things like perception, feel, what people say, or who shouts the loudest. In a time when school budgets and resources are stretched to the limit, it’s vital for us to make sure that we have a base in research so that we may cut through the “educational BS” and find the high-yield strategies that really do make a difference to student achievement.

Read More Research: The Educational BS Repellent

I remember reading the Tipping Point a little while ago, when Gladwell discusses the “Law of the Few”.  If we are wanting schools to continuously improve, what is the role…

Read More Are we connectors?

During this time of year many people reflect on the past and look towards future goals.  I thought I would reflect a bit on the past and look towards the…

Read More Reflections

Recently my grandmother passed away at the ripe old age of 92. Ninety-two is a long time to live, but it’s still a sad thing to watch someone’s life come to…

Read More Leaving it on the Field

“This creativity aspect is very important because in Finland we believe that risk-taking, creativity and innovation are very, very important for a society like ours. And particularly working in this…

Read More Less is more. Teach less, learn more.

Solitude and Leadership, the title of William Deresiewicz’s much circulated American Scholar article intones.   Solitude and Leadership:  one cannot help but lower one’s voice and slow one’s enunciation as the title…

Read More Solitude, Leadership, Concentration and Twitter

To be successful in education, we need each of our stakeholders to take ownership. Part of this is the recognition that each partner has a different role, no more and no less important. By conquering the adversarial relationships that can exist in education, we can make each partner feel valued. We can start this by getting rid of the “Us versus Them” mentality.

Read More No “Us versus Them”, just “Us”

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always…

Read More a new looking glass

My mantra for my position throughout the past (almost) year has been that there wasn’t a manual handed to me with my new position. I say it jokingly but in…

Read More How do you know….

In the span of a day, a principal can see and do many things. Here is an example of one of my Fridays: Teaching a high school class and helping…

Read More The No-Policy Policy

I regularly exercise at a health club near my house. The worst month to workout is January. The place is always packed that month. A lot of new people show…

Read More New Resolutions vs. Old Goals