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My first year as a school administrator, I was determined to be a leader who followed through on requests from teachers.


What I didn’t anticipate was how many requests I would receive in a day. After a while, I began to learn to some habits that helped manage requests more wisely. So, here are some suggestions on how to prioritize so many competing demands:

1. Give up Your’Savior’Complex

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can find the solution to every problem in your building.

During my first year, in a typical hour as I walked through hallways and classrooms, I would often be stopped two or three times with requests. I would write down each request on a legal pad I carried with me. By the end of the day, I had pages of notes. Then I would sit down that evening or the next morning to follow-up on them.

Bad idea. Read More Tips On Better Managing Requests

So as I was taking part in last week’s Middle School curriculum leaders meeting, I was once again struck by the importance and necessity of a positive school climate and…

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For week six of the SAVMP program, we were asked to consider “Roads to Innovation.” One of the questions to consider is: How do you go about creating innovative practices in your…

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I have a post it on my computer that simply states, “Be intentional.” Did you know that every single day you’re choosing to either move forward or move backward? There…

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Originally post by J Bevacqua  on Figuring It Out I recently attended a seminar dealing with how schools should interact with parents.  The seminar, hosted by lawyers, highlighted some recent…

Read More Parents: To Inform or To Consult?

He met a teacher, and it changed everything.

red_apple Jim Wengo was fresh out of high school when he started working at the local butcher shop. But his high school agriculture teacher, John Krivokapish, had other plans for him. When he heard of an area college work study program for those who could score well on a civil service exam, Mr. Krivokapish walked into the butcher store and told Jim’s boss he needed to borrow him for a couple of hours.

Removing the blood stained apron, Jim followed his teacher to the local college where he took an exam on the spot. That test resulted in Jim’s opportunity to begin college. Read More And Then I Met A Teacher

He wasn’t known for playing an instrument. He didn’t go down in history as a great songwriter. But, part of the legacy Apple founder Steve Jobs left behind was music.…

Read More Bob Dylan, Meet Steve Jobs

Recently my leadership coach presented me with a challenge: write about what you have learned in your years of experience as a school leader that you bring to the new…

Read More Once I Believed