Connected Principals Posts

Many have leadership titles, but our true leaders exhibit leadership behaviors. Some are listed here. Certainly not an exhaustive list, nor set in stone; but led to some great candid discussion and…

Read More Leaders: Strive to be the Weak Link

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. As Lady Liberty greeted thousands of dreamers to the new world, to freedom, and to the land…

Read More The Dream Makers Among Us


Last Saturday I drove my daughter to the local lake dam spillway to meet her teammates for a weekend track workout. After twenty minutes of warm-up running on the grassy path to the spillway and back, they lined up for drills. These included 12 sprints up an intimidatingly steep grassy incline to practice increasing speed.

It was a joy to watch all of the students working hard and pushing themselves. As they neared their tenth sprint drill, their legs began shaking, their shirts were lined with sweat, and their chests heaved with every breath. Their movement was a mass of arms pumping, legs kicking up the hill, bending over to catch a breath, standing up tall before making the climb down to run up again. Read More 3 End-of-the-School-Year Reminders

“Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Those are the closing words Garrison Keillor spoke each night on…

Read More All the Children are Above Average

We’ve run 2 staff meetings this year using an #edcamp format. They were very well-received, productive, successful, and provided instant feedback for staff and/or immediate classroom learning opportunities for kids.…

Read More Things That Suck!

     Instructionally savvy educators know that personalized learning is the heart of student success.  As schools strive to customize education through instructional design, technology efforts and professional learning, highly successful…

Read More Pointing To Your True North


A few years ago, I was talking to a teacher about a student she had volunteered to mentor.

The young lady had had a difficult past, and the teacher had confided in me that some of their meetings had been challenging. While I was encouraging her to keep up the good work, at the same time, I wanted to prepare her for the reality of mentoring.

“Don’t be surprised,” I said, “when you are disappointed.”

“That’s not very encouraging,” she replied with a perplexed expression.

I went on to explain to her how important it is to expect, not be surprised by conflict, and we talked about the actions to keep taking in the face of disappointment. Read More 7 Tips For Dealing With Challenging Students