Tag: culture

No community has been immune to conversations surrounding equity, racism, and inequalities. As Marlena Gross-Taylor, one of the guests on this week’s podcast episode explains, these conversations have been going on for at least four hundred years…

Read More PMP198: Panel Discussion on Equity and Racism, Part 1

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

In 2010, I had the privilege of traveling to China for ten days on an education tour. One morning in Beijing, I headed outside the hotel before breakfast for a quick run. Later as I showered and dressed, I began to feel sick. I thought perhaps I was catching a cold or was just suffering […]

Read More PMP:115 A Leader’s Influence – How is the Air You Breathe?

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

Recently, Rachel Simmons wrote an article in the Washington Post called Perfectionism among teens is rampant (and we’re not helping). It is a good reminder how this generation of students faces challenges and opportunities different than ones we faced at their ages — sometimes with stress that we’ve created for them. Students today have never known […]

Read More PMP:104 Messaging with Students — Environment, Celebration, and Communication