Author: Lyn Hilt

My vision for how staff development should look in my school has undergone a transformation over the past year. In my first year as a principal I recall the dread…

Read More Inspiration delivers.

As leaders, one of our most important jobs is to build a community of trust within our organization. “Almost all of the work of the world is done through relationships…

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I suppose I’ll chime in, better late than never, on The Manifesto. These are my take-aways from the words of Rhee, Klein, et al.: The widespread policy of “last in,…

Read More Prepare and Nurture

The standards are here. They've been here. For many of us, the common core standards are coming, and the weight of their impact on our daily practice is overwhelming. Have…

Read More To cover or uncover?

The title of our staff's latest shared Google presentation was, “Go Team Brecknock!” I'm not sure what compelled me to name it that, but I think it's because the first…

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For an elementary principal, enrolling in a course titled “Secondary Education Seminar” was a bit intimidating. Little kids = Awesome; Big kids = Scary. (Kidding.) But it turns out, learning…

Read More Who owns it?

I had the pleasure of experiencing our first Powerful Learning Practice (PLP) cohort session today, facilitated by the inspiring Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson. My teammates are four enthusiastic, elementary teachers who I…

Read More Communities and Networks

Many look to the principal to be the problem solver. We can’t agree on how to schedule these students. What should we do? There’s an issue with the lunch cards…

Read More Who are the Problem Solvers?

Today  is opening day for teachers! Exclamation mark! As a teacher as I was always curious about what messages our principal would be sharing with us on opening day. As…

Read More Searching for Answers

“It’s what’s best for kids.” Have you heard an administrator use this phrase to justify decisions? Did you think, “Cliche.” Or, “Easy for her to say.” Or, “How convenient, no…

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“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” Seneca For many, the new school year has already begun. For others, we are in…

Read More Charting Your Course

Walkthrough observations take many forms in the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. This practice typically involves the principal or other supervisor spending a few minutes observing a classroom to take…

Read More Leading with Walkthroughs

One of the most positive aspects of interacting with other educators via social media, whether it be Twitter, Ning communities, or a meeting of the minds such as the Reform Symposium,…

Read More It’s People, Not Programs