Connected Principals Posts

For most of the summer I have been working on a book with Bill Ferriter and Jason Ramsden entitled Essentials for Principals: Social Media.  The book will be published by…

Read More Personal Learning Networks 101

Choose your position: Are you a gatekeeper, policemen, guard… or teacher? All these jobs are necessary, but which one belongs in schools? Choose your battle: Filters that also filter learning…

Read More Choose Your Battle

As the the national push for uniform standards and increased emphasis on standardized testing continues to push out the various electives offered to engage students, I am worried that public…

Read More The Importance of Relevance

Today  is opening day for teachers! Exclamation mark! As a teacher as I was always curious about what messages our principal would be sharing with us on opening day. As…

Read More Searching for Answers

A week ago I wrote a post asking “How Do Principals Need To Change?” At the end of the post I promised to share the responses with my fellow administrators…

Read More A Priority List For Principals

I’ve touched on this topic before but it has been brought back to the forefront of my attention after Alan November’s speech last week at Convocation that threw Facebook back into…

Read More Friend, foe, or strong leader?

I posted this last school year.  Bullying is an issue that robs students of dignity and the right to an education in an environment that is safe and nurturing.  I…

Read More An Issue That Cannot Be Ignored

“It’s what’s best for kids.” Have you heard an administrator use this phrase to justify decisions? Did you think, “Cliche.” Or, “Easy for her to say.” Or, “How convenient, no…

Read More What’s best for kids?

I firmly believe that “It takes a community to raise a child” and so without cooperation and communication between a school and their parent community, ‘we’ cannot fully support our…

Read More Parents as Partners

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Seneca For many, the new school year has already begun. For others, we are in…

Read More Charting Your Course

I was inspired to write this post after reading Kelly Christopherson’s blog post on his first days of school with his staff.  This is a really important day to set…

Read More Our First Days; The Gift of Time