Connected Principals Posts

My 7th and 8th grade basketball team had a rough season this year. The team finished with a record of 10-17 and we battled injuries, tough losses, and very talented…

Read More The Big Picture

The term “success for all” is used often in school mission statements, visions, and education plans. It is an important statement, but we need to really ensure we define what…

Read More Success for all?

When you issue an open invitation and gather together a large group of self-nominated passionate stakeholders from a broad cross-section across a system or organization and ask them to vision…

Read More Appreciative Inquiry & Open Spaces

Ten days ago I had the extraordinary good fortune to see and hear Salman Khan speak to an audience of 3000; I will say it was genuinely a “heartthrob” moments…

Read More Salman Khan, Transformer

“The question isn’t whether you will be transparent, authentic, and real, but rather, how much you will let go and be open in the face of new technologies.” Charlene Li,…

Read More Start Global, Build Local

Public schooling has been under attack recently.  The view of the public school teacher has been negatively portrayed in the media lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am pro reform…

Read More What is an EPSE?

If we really believe that the best ideas come from the confluence of many thinkers with different angles on the same set of principles, then we should be willing to…

Read More Are You Willing to Connect?

My colleagues are probably tired of my tired metaphors. I try very hard not to speak in cliche, but often simple one-liners say exactly what I want to say. For…

Read More Jazz vs. Classical

How many times have we presented to our peers on a topic, hosted a staff meeting, had a parent night, or given a lesson in a class, and the wrapped up our topic, folded up our laptop and walked away wondering if “they got it” and “Did I do a good job?”. I would endeavor to guess that this is fairly common for educators, but how often do we actually take the time to find out if the message that we were hoping to deliver was the message that was actually received? Getting feedback from our audience is one of the most important things we can do to improve our practice, but it requires a process to get the feedback, effort to collect it, and the courage to accept constructive criticism and change as a result.

Read More Feed ‘Em

As an administrator, when a problem confronts us, it is easy to be lured into the ‘solving the problem’. It seems quicker, it seems cleaner, and it allows us to get on with our day. However, when we ‘solve the problem’ rather than choosing to become facilitators of the problem-solving process, we often lose the commitment and engagement of our stakeholders and ultimately miss the opportunity to truly find a workable solution.

Read More Don’t Solve The Problem