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Summer has a special place in our society. From Alice Cooper’s Schools out for Summer to The Summer of ’69 with Bryan Adams there is a certain magic about the warm,…

Read More Education is in Our DNA

What is the purpose of K-12 schooling? Think for a moment before coming up with an answer. Consider what you believe truly matters. Is it preparation for college? Preparation for…

Read More Making Learning Relevant

This week I have spent a lot of time with to-do lists as well as pulling together with my team members to coordinate important end-of-school-year activities.
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If you are leading a school, organization, or a team, you know the challenges of staying on track with the your seemingly endless list of to-do’s. You also know the importance of everyone being on the same page in reaching goals.

Whether it is end-of-the year procedures or mapping out enrollment, documentation is a simple tool that plays a strategic role in reaching goals.

Like the homing pigeon, it may sometimes seem an outdated tool, but here are 7 reminders of why documentation is still important for school leaders: Read More 7 Reasons Why Documentation Is Still A Good Leadership Tool

So I went for a run yesterday through a park close to where I live. It was a gorgeous summer-like day, and it felt like the entire neighborhood was out…

Read More Oh to be a Teacher…

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted when examining the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. Our “village” has…

Read More It takes a village to raise a child

In a recent post titled, Nuggets of Wisdom from Mentors Around the World, many influential educators including Todd Whitaker, Eric Sheninger, Pernille Ripp, Scott McLeod and Lyn Hilt contributed valuable…

Read More What You Ignore, You Permit.

“At the end of the day, what qualifies people to be called ‘leaders’ is their capacity to influence others to change their behavior in order to achieve important results.” Joseph…

Read More 5 Ways To Influence Change

Just a few days ago, we celebrated graduation. The next day we wrapped up with professional development and teacher check-out.image

When I arrived home that night, I felt both exhausted and exhilarated.

It was a few hours later when I received the call that two of our students had been in a wreck.

When I made my way to the hospital emergency room, I talked to one of the boys who had a broken arm. The other was in surgery and in critical condition–they had placed him in a drug induced coma for the next few days as doctors monitored his head trauma. Read More 5 Lessons From My First Year As Site Principal

I heard a story about an administrator saying that he now had the ability to deal with teachers that were sharing “inappropriate tweets”. And we wonder why so many teachers…

Read More “If you screw up…”

So I received an email this past week from a former student of mine who wanted to check in and catch up. He’s just now finishing his degree in sports…

Read More We All Play a Part