Tag: Developing and Facilitating Leadership

In the post “5 Points To Get Across in a Teaching Interview” from 2018, I wanted to share some ideas for people going through the education interview process.  No matter what questions are being asked, I think we can still bring up some key points that highlight our thoughts on education.   In the accompanying podcast, … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Points To Get Across in a Teaching Interview #Podcast

I recently posted “4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning” and I wanted to put together a podcast for people to be able to access the big ideas in a way that makes sense to them, while also reposting the original post. My podcast discusses the main ideas from the original post but provides some … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning #Podcast

Since I initially recorded this podcast in early February, a lot in our world has changed since then. Instead of posting this now, I hope that you can glean some insights from what I am sharing and create some ideas to apply to today’s context.  That is the whole premise of the Innovator’s Mindset. What … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader #Podcast

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. As I have shared these questions from “Innovate Inside the Box” often in finding the strengths, passions, and abilities of the students in our classrooms: They can be modified for different age levels and can help tie teaching from a curriculum into student learning.  For … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Staff (and Students) #Podcast

This week, I have released episode 1 of a weekly podcast that I have planned for years but, finally, have taken the initiative to put together and release it to the world.  Each podcast is meant to be 10-20 minutes long and discuss something I have been thinking about, and hopefully provide some inspiration or … [Read more…]

Read More Making an Impact on One Person (#Podcast)

I have always struggled with the “it is easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission” mentality.  I know this is a mantra for many, and sometimes, depending on where you work, it makes sense.  I am someone who gets bad anxiety and wants to do right by those I work with and for so it … [Read more…]

Read More Asking For Help Too Early Rather Than Too Late

I recently shared this video based on an interaction that I had with a teacher who was sharing about how they felt uncomfortable trying new things.  I wanted to share my thoughts in video form below: Some random thoughts I shared last week on the importance of celebrating those in our buildings and local communities. … [Read more…]

Read More The Fear of Success

I was recently asked what some actionable steps to moving toward a “culture of innovation are.” In my first book, “The Innovator’s Mindset,” I discuss five areas that schools can focus on to help people embrace meaningful change.  They are the following: Strengths-Based Leadership (How do we focus on strengths of those that we serve?) Powerful … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Areas to Consider to Move Toward a Culture of Innovation

I received a question/comment recently about the concern that as classrooms and schools consider why change is essential and what change is necessary, that educators are concerned that their expertise will no longer be valued. For me, the teacher in the classroom is and will always be the expert. The shift is not about devaluing the knowledge … [Read more…]

Read More The Wisdom in Our Classrooms

This is something I have heard (and have said in the past) people say quite often: Our people are just not moving fast enough! This can take other forms as well, such as “people are resistant to change,” etc. Here is something that I think to help ground me in this thinking.  Some people thought … [Read more…]

Read More A Reminder for When Others Seem Resistant to Change

This is something I have heard (and have said in the past) people say quite often: Our people are just not moving fast enough! This can take other forms as well, such as “people are resistant to change,” etc. Here is something that I think to help ground me in this thinking.  Some people thought … [Read more…]

Read More A Reminder for When Others Seem Resistant to Change

I am playing with some ideas in my head, so I am “writing to learn” in this post instead of writing to share my learning.  Bear with me as I work through this post. I have been playing around with this term in my head of “Education Centrist” and wondering what that term means for … [Read more…]

Read More Somewhere in the Middle

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller One of the things that I say to teachers beginning the profession is that they should be much better than I was from when I first started teaching.  The big difference today and when I … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ideas to Help Improve Teacher Well-Being