Connected Principals Posts

I attended my first #EduCon this past weekend. I observed and participated in many great things: learning from educators who regularly take risks, sharing my experiences with others, and bonding…

Read More Do Educators Actually DO Anything?

So there’s this boy in our High School who seems to thrive on negative attention. For whatever reason, he seems to always be in some sort of trouble or giving…

Read More Late Bloomers

So I went home to eastern Canada this past Christmas for the first time in six years and it was amazing. A cold and snowy winter wonderland that provided my…

Read More Skating and School

I attended the Ohio ASCD Conference on Tuesday, January 16th and heard former State Superintendent, Stan Heffner, deliver a compelling keynote presentation. He shared the three main correlates of successful schools:…

Read More I Am Among Experts

Recently, I was inspired by the story of Diana Nyad, who made it a personal goal to swim from Cuba to Florida and did so at the age of 64. Her 100-mile feat came with many unsuccessful previous attempts, the pain of jelly-fish attacks, hallucinations, and unwavering teamwork. You can see her inspirational story here.

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Like long-distance swimming, being an educator is a marathon, not a sprint. And the start of a new semester is a great time to remind ourselves of what our goals are for the remainder of the school year.

So here are seven reminders I shared with my teachers at the start of this semester that apply to all of us in education: Read More 7 Mid-School Year Reminders on Finishing Strong

This is a cross post from my own blog. I have been doing quite a bit of reading and reflecting lately about collaboration in schools. There are many articles like…

Read More Collaboration in Schools

Eric Sheninger is releasing a new book this month:Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. The Principalcast Podcast will be interviewing Eric on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM CST…

Read More Digital Leadership with Eric Sheninger

A few months ago I was planning to attend a principal’s meeting near my state capital. helping-hands

Since I was going alone, I asked a principal friend from a neighboring district if we could ride together.

Little did I know how much I would be learning! We spent the ride there and back sharing insights and stories from our schools. It was such a great conversation, I opened my Ipad and starting taking notes.

Sometimes our greatest resource for change is as close as a phone call (or a car ride in this case). As I thought about that conversation, I reflected on other ways I have learned from simply asking. Read More 4 Ways To Learn From Other People’s Expertise

It takes a lot from us educators to provide our kids, communities, and each other with the learning experiences we deserve. Two qualities that are near the top are reflection…

Read More Reflect with Humility

Many times, grading papers and student projects is something a teacher does in isolation.  In other words, no one other than the teacher sees the student’s work.  What if analyzing…

Read More A Window Into the Classroom

This is a bit of a rant… This morning I was pinged on a tweet sharing the article, “Why new technologies could never replace great teaching“.  For some reason, I…

Read More Our Thinking Has to Change

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Tim & Selena Middleton Often when speaking to groups about technology and “Bring Your Own Device” initiatives, I will have someone…

Read More Inequity and BYOD