10 Principles for Leading Change

  “Too bold. Not bold enough. Too fast. Not fast enough.” As school leaders, administration and teachers alike, seek to enhance and even redefine the quality of learning and community for our students, we often hear variations on these four…

And All That Without A Gun

I was talking to an assistant principal friend from a neighboring district who was telling me some funny stories from her middle school experience. She said her own mom and dad like to ask her to tell stories from school.…

Forgiveness

So one of the reasons that I love spending all day with Middle School kids is because they are constantly reminding me about what really matters in life. A day doesn’t go by without me being inspired by their openness,…

Leadership Attitude(s)

Originally published by Johnny Bevacqua on Figuring It Out   I have a style issue.  No, I’m not walking around wearing my 1980′s acid washed jeans or rugby pants…(oh the good old days…) The “style” issue I am referring to…

Innovation Takes Time

I started this school year by participating in Educator’s Innovation Day. The day was dedicated for educators to work individually or in groups on anything they wanted to work on around the theme of improving education. I spent the day…

The Common Core Debate

Lately, a lot of controversy has arisen over the implementation of Common Core standards in U.S. public schools. A recent op-ed by George Will, and a resolution by the Oklahoma Republican Party calling for the end of Common Core demonstrate…

The Global Teacher

I have talked about the notion of “classroom teacher” vs. “school teacher” in posts before, and have begun to rethink this notion. Simply put, a “classroom teacher” is someone that focuses on their classroom and students only.  Although there can…

Stating the Obvious

Spending a lot of time at conferences, I have heard the question, “What do we do with kids that are so distracted by their devices in the classroom?”  My initial thoughts is that in a world where there are so…