This blog is the shared thoughts of school administrators that want to share best practices in education. All of the authors have different experiences in education but all have the same goal; what is best for students.


  1. Jen Von Iderstein said:

    As a newbie to web 2.0, and someone just finishing up my degree in Education Administration, I am so glad that I located your blog. I personally have been thinking of starting one as a place for new administrators, being that I will be one soon (hopefully).

    I have only read one of your posts, and I will bereading more of them! A lot of what you have discussed is extremely pertinent to education and the direction that it is headed. I am looking forward to reading more of this blog!

    Thank you for being an inspiration!


    Jen Von Iderstein
    Buffalo, NY

    August 10, 2010
    • Thanks for your support! We look forward to your comments on the posts as we do a lot of learning from the discussion and sharing that actually follows the posts.

      August 10, 2010
      • Elsa Donohue said:

        Hi George,

        How does one become a regular contributor?



        March 14, 2016
    • John said:

      I, too, am in the process of completing my administration courses. One of our assignments was to join a forum about educational leadership. A colleague recommended your site. As a future rookie administrator, I could certainly benefit form the discussions that take place on a site such as yours.

      November 8, 2010
      • Antonio said:

        Hope all is well….I just read your post…I am in the same situation in regard sto joining a social network site as part of the requirements of my principal qulification course. At first I hesitated as to which website might be interesting and of value as a future administrator…I am glad visited this site and found immmediate value after reading Tracey’s posting about grabbing attention and motivating others to becoome better at what they do. Best of luck with your course ….I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas.

        November 18, 2010
    • I am also glad that I found your blog. I believe that we are at serious crosswords. We need to think creatively about how we fund our programs. We can deliver high quality programs and still contain costs.


      February 3, 2014
  2. Hello,

    I’m in my 3rd year as an Assistant Principal and I’m nervous about moving into the role of a campus principal. I really hope to gain lots of insight from your blog, thanks for sharing.


    January 4, 2011
  3. Good evening from Hong Kong. I would like to be a connected principal! I have just begun my role as a Vice Principal of an International School in Hong Kong and would love to share with other learners and educators such as your very good selves! I am not new to blogging with my class, but am new to it as a V.P. I am an avid sharer on twitter @neilringrose. My first post is on the blog above. I hope you like the animoto I made over the weekend as well! Thanks for your support!

    February 19, 2011
  4. […] constantly encouraging others to be their best and to learn and share with each other. He started Connected Principals, a blog where principals share their best practices and work toward the common goal of what is best […]

    March 28, 2011
  5. arun jee said:

    Hi, I am the principal of a school in India. I came across this interesting site through some of the members active on Twitter. I couldn’t believe that we, the principals, could also be connected. Looking forward to getting opportunities for learning in future.

    April 14, 2011
    • Mr. Jee,

      Welcome to the site. It is great for us to connect with other principals from all over the world. The more I connect, the more I realize that we have so much in common when we work with children. They truly need committed, connected educators no matter where the school is.

      I look forward to learning with you soon.



      April 14, 2011
  6. Greg Green said:

    I feel so strongly that the flipped classroom approach is the answer that our entire school is flipping!!

    July 5, 2011
  7. Greg Green said:

    By flipping our school we are able to quadruple the time we spend helping students and properly align our resources with their needs. We have seen a reduction in failure by 30% in ELA and Math among our 9h grade students.

    July 5, 2011
    • Carolyn Keenan said:

      Could you please explain this concept in more detail. It sounds interesting.

      August 18, 2012
  8. Tia said:

    I have been a Vice-Principal for approximately 6 years (with two 6-month maternity leaves in there). I am just getting ready to head back to work in a new school. I am excited about the challenge and the future. Recently, I found your website and Connected Principals. It has been wonderful to read different articles, opinions, and be introduced to various websites and strategies. We are all on this journey of learning together. As a result, I thought what a better way to demonstrate my own learning and desire to learn, but to create my own blog. We are always learning, or we should be.

    I look forward to reading your blog (from a fellow Canadian).

    I would love to know how to become a contributor to Connected Principals.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    July 10, 2011
  9. Betsy said:

    Very much enjoying your blog. Wanted to nudge you to a resource that some of your contributors and readers might find interesting: http://www.edSurge.com — a weekly newsletter on education-technology startups. You must “subscribe” but there’s no fee. Consider it a window into another world!

    October 15, 2011
  10. Hello, I was looking for contact info for this blog to see if you accept paid advertising? I work for a non-profit org with a similar mission, so it would be relevant info.

    Please let me know via my email address.

    Thank you,

    January 16, 2012
  11. Brian Walsh said:


    I’ve been a “founding principal” of a middle school for 8 yrs. now. I just recently found your site and am both glad and impressed. We speak often about “ending” teacher isolation and I hope this site does the same for administrators. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it. Wish I had found it earlier. Thank you.

    Brian Walsh

    March 4, 2012
    • Hi Brian,

      We have the tools to help you. We have many relationships with NYCPS Principals and they that have expressed the same concerns. Would you like to join our blog group? http://principalsessentials.com

      Joe Lawrence
      Principals Essentials

      January 24, 2014
  12. Greetings Connected Principals!

    My name is Keyton Weissinger. I’m not selling anything. 🙂

    I am an entrepreneur looking for feedback/opinions on a web service for schools I’m building called Simpler Admissions. From perusing your blog entries it appears that either you may be able to provide that feedback if you’ve time or suggest others potentially more suitable.

    The system is called Simpler Admissions (www.simpleradmissions.com) and it makes it easier for schools to manage the admissions/enrollment process by providing the following:

    * Easy-to-use online school forms
    * Per-student task tracking
    * Reports and bird’s-eye view
    * Easy classroom management

    I would appreciate any feedback you might have time for on the service or the website.

    Thank you very much.


    Keyton Weissinger
    Simpler Admissions

    March 31, 2012
  13. Krista Scott said:

    I am excited to find this blog! I follow some of the contributors on Twitter. I started out as an Ed Tech junkie and am working on my dissertation for a doctorate in Instructional Technology. This is my first year as a building principal. I am finally getting my feet on the ground so I can be better connected. Thanks for starting this endeavor!

    April 10, 2012
  14. Good night.
    My name is Manuel Tito Martinez and I am director of a school in kindergarten and primary education in Andújar (Jaén – Spain).
    Collaborative work in a partnership of directors (ASADIPRE) and administer our platform Moodle (Master). Today we share the platform almost 800 directors.
    I have known your existence (@ conprin) via Twitter, where I am registered as @ manueltwito
    It’s very interesting to contact colleagues in other parts of the world and exchange information, opinions, etc..
    We read!
    Manuel T.

    May 1, 2012
  15. DeSean Dyson said:

    I would love to join this website. Is it open to any administrator?

    May 8, 2012
  16. I am a Doctorate student that is always doing research over Educational Leadership and Management. I love to join this site and be an active member. Currently I am making a blog on wordpress with my cohort group. Great administration comments and topics.

    May 30, 2012
  17. Chett Daniel said:

    I ran across your blog tonight as I was looking for online communities for administrators. I began a website at http://www.k12hrsolutions.com that provides human resource solutions to school districts in their human resource needs. I would appreciate an opportunity to write a guest post on the topics of teacher selection, performance management of teachers, recruiting and retention of teachers, and effective leadership in education. Keep up the good work here. This is a wonderful resource.

    July 6, 2012
  18. Carolyn Keenan said:

    I am excited to have found this website. As an educational leadership student,I am eager to participate in discussions. With the start of a new school year, this blog is exciting and will be valuable in my studies.

    August 17, 2012
  19. Seetha Murty said:

    I stumbled on this blog in my explorations online. I am looking forward to learning and sharing. I am the Principal of a K-12 School in India for the last 8 years.

    August 21, 2012
  20. Carolyn Keenan said:

    I am currently enrolled in both an Educational Law and a Curriculum Development course at Southern CT State University, New Haven CT. I am very interested in sharing my learning in hopes that there are administrators who might share their input. Hoping for conversations on these topics.
    Thank you,
    Carolyn Keenan

    September 2, 2012
  21. Patrick Del Rosario said:


    please contact me at Patrick@oc.edu.au 🙂 I can’t find your email.

    Thank you

    November 15, 2012
  22. I am delighted to have connected here to Connected Principals. I am looking forward to reading and engaging with many fellow teachers here.
    I am working in a small 44-pupil rural school in SE Ireland and I will welcome any debate / comment via my blog. I blog pretty much only on my positives in teaching (not easy, betimes!)

    Beir bua!

    January 29, 2013
  23. Robert McCabe said:

    I came across your blog while following some administrators on Twitter that mention it. As an aspiring administrator I am looking forward to reading up on the many topics this blog has to offer. I’m a big proponent of taking charge of you own learning. This blog will do just that for me while also inquipping me with the most up to date information and resources. Thank you!

    February 4, 2013
  24. Rob said:


    My name is Rob. I’m a specialist in plagiarism detection. I found your blog quite interesting.
    I thought that I can share with you some interesting information about the industry I’m working in.
    The problem of plagiarism among students is very popular, so I think that the audience for your blog will be interested in such kind of content.

    Please tell me if you are interested and would accept content from me!

    Thank you in advance!

    February 25, 2013
  25. Anjilla said:


    I would like to share a webinar with Connected Principal’s titled Solutions for Common Core Success. In the free webinar principals are presented with practical solutions they can use right away with their staff to prepare for the Common Core writing transition in their school. Solutions for Common Core Success was featured on Education Leaders Network and is full of useful tips to support your teachers’ focus on strong Common Core writing instruction. Principal’s will also learn about different writing obstacles their teachers face and how they can help remove these roadblocks in order to foster a great writing culture within their school!

    Please let me know if you are interested in sharing this webinar and would accept it for posting on Connected Principals.

    Thank you!

    March 11, 2013
  26. James Anderson said:

    Hi there,
    I enjoyed browsing through your blog, and I was wondering if you accept guest posts. I’m a freelance writer, and I thought that an article that goes over a few ways to encourage students to feel prepared would be a good fit for your blog. Helping kids learn to be proactive about being prepared helps build characteristics for success, and if this sounds like an article you’d care to go over, please get back to me and we can work something out.
    All the best,

    May 21, 2013
  27. James Anderson said:

    My offer is still up for the guest post, and I’d like to work with you. Hope to hear from you soon!

    June 5, 2013
  28. Hello, administrators! My name is Paige Woodard and I am a high school senior from Franklin, Indiana. I am part of a student-run, project-based class called Innovations. My project is to bring social media to the classroom. I plan to do this by filming a DVD on why social media is important to the education system and how to incorporate it into the curriculum. More information can be found on my blog at paigeawoodard.wordpress.com.

    I am reaching out to this community in hopes of collaborating with administrators who are willing to help me along my journey to my ultimate goal. If any administrator has an opinion on why social media is important to the curriculum and would like to share their opinion on my blog, please email me at paige.a.woodard@gmail.com. I am also hoping to converse with administrators who would be interested in my DVD and/or helping me in any way they see fit. Please contact me with any information you have to offer. Thank you!

    September 14, 2013
  29. Robert Bacal said:

    It appears that you may have been hacked, since at least some of the posts have had ads inserted for “adult” products, and pharmacies. I assume you didn’t put or want them there, but you probably should address this for obvious reasons. In some cases the ads are text links with articles highlighted in the text in red.

    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is a great site. I’d like to share it with others, but as it is, I really can’t link to pages with that kind of content

    November 29, 2013
  30. Tanya Schenck said:


    I am really impressed with your blog post, it is really good and you are maintaining it very well. I would like to submit my post on your blog (as guest post) with my website link. Mostly I create about educational and student related subjects. Please let me know if you are accepting guest posts for free of cost and I’m ready to discuss my contents with you, I promise you with unique, quality and 100% plagiarism free content. I am looking forward to get your reply.

    Thank You,
    Tanya Schenck

    February 17, 2014
  31. Jan Kasal said:

    Your blog is growing. It needs a search field, so readers can find what they want to read about. Also, a contact information would help, instead of writing replies. The readers will appreciate, believe me.

    March 17, 2014
  32. Hello, I couldn’t find an email contact, so I’m posting this message here. I’m a teacher and an app developer. I’ve recently released a new app for iPad called Oncore, a classroom productivity tool and formative assessment app. I’m reaching out to the edtech community to raise awareness of Oncore. Our website is oncoreeducation.com. Please let me know if you’d like a download code to try Oncore out. Thanks for your time.


    Scott Rosenkranz

    April 20, 2014
  33. Just wondering how we go about submitting blog entries, and becoming a contributor?

    June 13, 2014
  34. Anne Kalisek said:

    Hello all, I just came across this site when looking for some things to share with the many new assistant principals that my district just hired. I am the new Director of Secondary Education for Palm Springs USD. I’m very intrigued in this site. Kudos to you who began it and continue to grow it. I am going to share this info with all the principals.

    I’ve noticed a few posts about flipped classrooms. I’ve also used flipped Professional Development with my staff and it was very well received. A week before a meeting, I’d send out a link or Powerpoint that the staff had to watch and be ready to discuss. Try it some time.

    But my main reason for posting is I’m starting to look for good Common Core secondary math materials. Anyone have anything out there?

    July 20, 2014
  35. Mary Donovan said:

    Hi. It’s Mary from DialMyCalls. We’re a mass notification service used by schools that lets them send phone calls & text messages to an entire Student Directory in seconds. I came across your blog, which seems like a perfect fit for the customers who use us. I’d love to talk and see if there’s any way would could work with you to get our name out to your visitors.

    Do you offer any kind of guest blog posts, sponsored posts, social media plugs, or any other ways to get our service out to your followers?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    January 7, 2015
  36. You shared very informative post with us…Thanks!

    February 11, 2015
  37. Amelia Harper said:


    Have a good day,

    Advertising Inquiries on http://connectedp.wpengine.com,

    My name is Amelia,

    I’d like to inquire about a possible advertising opportunity on your site, I need to promoting our several client websites who offers services for Health, Busines, Tech, Education, Home Improvement etc.

    Does your site offer advertising options? If so, would you be interested in discussing rates and availability?, I am looking for Guest Post and Link Placement in an exisiting post on your sites,

    I look forward to hearing from you


    Amelia Harper

    February 16, 2015
  38. BeCoachable said:

    Its my pleasure to find your blog and we provide one-to-one coaching executive coaching across the US.

    March 1, 2015
  39. Dameon Wyatt said:

    Great website and as most, I would like to be connected, share, and be a part of a much larger PLN. Please follow me on twitter @dameonwyatt. Hope to stay connected with all.

    August 27, 2015
  40. John MIkton said:

    I would be interested in contributing articles to this blog, really enjoy the posts and feel I would have something topics to share out through this medium

    There does not seem to be any submission information

    could you please forward the process to jmikton@icsz.ch

    September 14, 2015
  41. Joe Rivello said:


    I am not selling anything! Just wanted to share a free event my team and I are hosting this Thursday in NYC. Our speaker is an amazing, 80+ year old teacher who is travelling in her car across the US to meet Student Centered Schools. Below are details if you could share with like minded friends. Thank you.


    October 13, 2015
  42. Very innovative stuff, I am really impressed with your idea.

    February 4, 2016
  43. Kay Daya said:

    I’m educator and career coach working in the field of adult education. A results-driven instructor with proven success in my areas of expertise, including academic writing and test preparation. Blogs regularly on personal development, skills building and career development. Academic Writing Lab Instructor at Edusson.com.
    It’ll be great to work with you.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you
    Kay Daya

    February 23, 2016
  44. You are doing an amazing work and it will be my pleasure if i can help you with this.

    March 4, 2016
  45. I wish to become a regular contributor to blogs on this site, as well. There are some great posts and I would be interested in sharing.
    How is it possible to make this happen? 🙂

    April 3, 2016
  46. This is a very inspiring post. Thanks a lot for coming up with forum whereby teachers get to discuss issues that are significant when it comes to teaching. We can only hope that your dreams of coming up with what is best for students will come true soon enough. I’m glad that I came across this post.

    May 7, 2016
  47. Toni said:

    Reading all experiences on this site, is very interesting and inspiring; reading about all the many hats that one must wear can very overwhelming for a newbie.

    May 15, 2016
  48. […] groepsblog, waarop een aantal vaste schrijvers geregeld een bijdrage post. Of, zoals het op de About-pagina […]

    May 27, 2016
  49. One of the post on your website. Great to find it today.


    June 17, 2016
  50. Elizabeth said:

    I would be interested in finding out if you would allow blogs from experts who are not principals but who work in schools? I am a librarian and write about headteachers/principals collaborating to make a difference to academic attainment. I would be interested to know what Headteachers/principals thought.http://bit.ly/2fSIFdb

    December 3, 2016
  51. Sultana said:

    I am doing a course on Educational Leadership , we have been asked to join Principals forum. Can I be part of this forum? I am sure I will be learning a lot from you all being seasoned leaders.

    December 18, 2016
  52. Donna said:

    Just finished reading “Innovators Mindset” as part of a professional development book study. Inspired by the reading and discussions, am going to emabark on modeling professional discourse through blogging.

    January 1, 2017
  53. James johnson said:

    Dear Webmaster/Owner,

    I came across your blog/site and found it a very interesting read. I would like to know if you are accepting guest posts on your site?. I can provide you with some unique content for your Blog.

    Please let us know your thoughts.

    Thanks & Regards,

    February 15, 2017
  54. Viginia Luther said:


    March 31, 2017
  55. Jaclyn Zingman said:

    Dear school administrators and principals,
    I am a senior at Hamilton College in central New York and I am a psychology major who is deeply interested in education studies. I am writing to you today to argue for greater awareness and teaching of mental health in the K-12 education system. Mental health issues and suicide are extremely prevalent in U.S. colleges and universities, and I argue that if we start introducing awareness and education surrounding mental health in the K-12 education system, we will see much fewer issues at the college level, and improve the mental health and educational performance of our students across the country.
    Mental health issues and suicide are very prevalent on college campuses these days. The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, which looks at the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in college students found that in 2002, almost half of all college students surveyed reported having a psychiatric disorder, but fewer than 25% of those students reported seeking treatment in the year prior (Blanco et al., 2008). The American College Health Association reports that approximately 10,888 suicides occur on college campuses each year, making suicide the second leading cause of death for college students (Burrell, 2016). Mental health issues also take a toll on academic performance; those with mental health issues are more likely to skip classes, experience higher rates of expulsion and suspension, and have lower grades and test scores (Kataoka, Rowan, & Eaton Hoagwood, 2009). Since the goal of the education system is to teach our students important skills and prepare them to be involved members of our society and economy, it would be beneficial to pay more attention to mental health in students.
    When we experience cases of suicide or extreme mental health issues on campuses across the country, we immediately look to change what we do at the college level. We look to improve psychological services for students, awareness of mental illness, and decrease the stigma surrounding mental health on campuses. However, I argue that we need to start mental health education earlier on in our education system. Mental health is a much stigmatized issue and is rarely taught in the K-12 educational system. This needs to change if we want to decrease mental health issues and incidences of suicide in our youth. Mental health is something that will affect everyone in some way, whether it be the students themselves or someone they know. Therefore, mental health awareness and education is vital and we need to find the best ways to incorporate it in our education of young children.
    One potential implementation of mental health awareness and education is mindfulness training. Mindfulness can be defined as focusing one’s attention and awareness on the present and on a specific aspect of the body or the mind (e.g., breath, sensations, feelings) (Meiklejohn et al., 2012). Meiklejohn & colleagues (2012) conducted a review of all studies looking at the effects of mindfulness practices in students at the K-12 level. They found that mindfulness training increased mood and emotion regulation and decreased anxiety, stress, and fatigue in elementary and high school students (Meiklejohn et al., 2012). Furthermore, they also found that mindfulness training increased attention, working memory, and academic skills, which improves learning in schools (Meiklejohn et al., 2012). Mindfulness practices are extremely easy to implement in schools because they are easy to learn, can be formal or informal, and can be quick 5-10 minute practices given once a day, for example. Teaching mindfulness in K-12 schools would help students learn coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, and even help them perform better in schools, which ultimately will help them in the future.
    Another suggestion for schools is to incorporate mental health more into the existing health education that all schools have. Our young students should learn just as much about mental health as they do currently about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. Students should learn early on useful skills for coping with anxiety, stress, depression, and grief. For example, they can learn things such as time management skills, how to cope with the death of a loved one, or changing our negative internal thoughts into more realistic and positive ones. Education about mental health is important because not only will students learn helpful coping mechanisms but it will reduce the stigma of getting help or seeing psychologists that is so prevalent in our society. It will normalize the discussion of mental health so students are more likely to talk about it and get help before it spirals out of control. By educating earlier on, students can leave K-12 and enter college with more awareness and less fear or shame to get help when they need it.
    Kataoka, Rowan, & Eaton Hoagwood (2009) researched the history of mental health education and policies in schools from the early 1900s until now. They noted that the main issue that prevents schools from providing greater mental health services to students is a financial barrier. Schools have a significant amount of instructional spending, but receive very limited funds for use on mental health interventions and prevention efforts (Kataoka, Rowan & Eaton Hoagwood, 2009). If this is the case that funding is the major reason why K-12 schools do not have sufficient mental health education and interventions, then this means it’s an issue at the level of our government. School administrators, principals, teachers, and parents should act on this by pressing Congress for increased school funding toward mental health interventions and prevention.
    K-12 schools have an extremely important obligation, to not only teach students and prepare them for the future, but to make sure that all students are healthy and maintain their well-being so they can succeed in whatever they undertake. If schools implement more mental health awareness and education into our schools at a younger age, we can improve the well-being of our students, and ensure that they are happy, healthy, and successful as they go through college and their careers.
    Jaclyn Zingman
    Hamilton College Class of 2018

    October 9, 2017
  56. Welcome to the site. It is great for us to connect with other principals from all over the world. The more I connect, the more I realize that we have so much in common when we work with children. They truly need committed, connected educators no matter where the school is.thanks

    October 17, 2017
  57. CottonAcres said:

    I came across your informational educational blog and think its a great read. Found some unique reading material.

    March 28, 2018
  58. Jay Subramanian said:

    I am glad I came across this website. Am sure this is a good way for all school administrators to share knowledge and learn from each other on best practices. I would be able to share my experiences from Colombia as well. As the high school principal here, I am sure I can learn from your vast experience. Great initiative.

    April 25, 2018
  59. Robert said:

    Hi dear editor,

    My name is Robert and I’m a long time reader of your website. Not so far i was started a new website – https://tsymbals.com/
    I’m writing to you regarding to contribution with guest post on your website.
    Can you give me please any criterias for it?

    Waiting for your respond,

    Robert Lamp

    July 9, 2018

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