Author: Jimmy Casas

Over the past few months, I have been impressed by the blog posts being written by Eric Sheninger (@E-Sheninger) If you have not had a chance to check out his website and blog, I would encourage you to do so. […]

Read More 12 Ways to Lead Learning in Your School

Early on in my career as both a teacher and principal I encountered a number of upset parents. At times, some of them were livid, talking crazy we might say, and other times on the brink of losing their minds […]

Read More Thinking Differently About an Upset Parent

As I stood in the choir room before a group of about 200 parents, it quickly became apparent to me that this was not your typical meet and greet the new principal social event. No, there was something else on […]

Read More Never Apologize for Having Great Programs

I recently had a discussion with a teacher who was feeling frustrated with some members of his administration. “What is it specifically that is bothering you?” I asked. “I just feel they’ve checked out. Like they are just hanging on […]

Read More Not Everyone Is Just Hanging On

In my book Culturize, I make the statement that each one of us is responsible for our own morale.  We cannot and should not allow others to live rent free in our heads. Having said that, I also know that […]

Read More Checking Our Blind Spot: Staff Morale

Last week I shared out the following tweet: #ThoughtForThe Day: Labeling some staff as model teachers, rockstars, etc. can work against us. After all, what message does that send to the rest of our team? Let’s expect every teacher to […]

Read More Rockstar or Not a Rockstar?

Can I be completely honest with you?  I am disappointed in myself. Better yet, angry with myself. I started blogging back in 2012 and the for the past six years, I’ve consistently shared my thoughts through a blog post on […]

Read More Losing Confidence

It is not uncommon for us as educators to share our disappointments when we find ourselves dealing with certain situations that cause us frustration.  For whatever reason, some educators have felt safe lately sharing with me some of their personal […]

Read More 7 Ways to Avoid Losing Credibility

It is not uncommon for us as educators to share our disappointments when we find ourselves dealing with certain situations that cause us frustration.  For whatever reason, some educators have felt safe lately sharing with me some of their personal […]

Read More 7 Ways to Avoid Losing Credibility

This past year while visiting a school district a school principal confided in me his struggles to get his staff to comply to certain things he expected them to do. When asked to share an example of his experiences, he […]

Read More Culture of Compliance vs. Investment

I remember early on in my career as a school leader wanting to solve every problem that came my way. In fact, I thought that is what strong leaders did.  I won’t lie, not only did I think I could […]

Read More Are You Fixing or Teaching?

Nothing cuts through the core of our heart and soul more than unkind chatter at work among colleagues that is meant to be hurtful. Often times, personal details about an individual are shared with others with the intention of causing […]

Read More 10 Steps to Slowing Down the Gossip Train

Up until a few weeks ago, I was still struggling on my decision of what my focus would be for my one word for 2018. Three years ago I selected the word “vulnerable” because I felt compelled to embrace my […]

Read More Happy “NO” Year!

It’s been almost four years since the news swept across our community that we had lost a senior student as the result of a car crash. Natalie had just graduated high school early and was on her way to classes […]

Read More The Sight of An Empty Chair

It’s been almost four years since the news swept across our community that we had lost a senior student as the result of a car crash. Natalie had just graduated high school early and was on her way to classes […]

Read More The Sight of An Empty Chair

Have you ever walked away from an interaction frustrated because the results you were hoping to see never materialized?  Have you ever walked away disappointed in an individual because you felt they did not follow through or did not complete […]

Read More 11 Ways To Address Your Own Frustrations

It is not uncommon to hear people describe change as difficult. In fact, often we describe change as something that people hate, that people fear, or that people don’t like to do.  We think about it. Other times we talk […]

Read More Live Your Will…Live Your Change