Tag: Jimmy Casas

Most educators are aware of the “Four C’s” (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication) and their importance in schools for ensuring the development of today’s skills in our students (I appreciate Will Richardson’s contention that “curiosity” should be the fifth “C” and is more important than the others).  But there are other essential skills and … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential

My dear friend, Jimmy Casas, wrote a fantastic book titled, “Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes.“, meant for leading schools, not school leadership only. I haven’t read the book for awhile, but it reminded me of the leadership classic, “Good To Great,” because it acknowledges the excellent work already happening in schools, but … [Read more…]

Read More We All Need a Champion

Recently, I had a conversation with Tom Murray and Katie Martin about professional learning.  The one thing that bothers me is often seeing principals or superintendents that are there to “learn”, walking out of sessions when their phone rings to take a phone call.  Not all administrators do this, and I have seen teachers do … [Read more…]

Read More Can you follow this “learning norm”?

This past weekend, I met a fantastic educator.  He had just won an award as “teacher of the year,” and he made his way toward me in the morning to thank me for my talk.  We sat and chatted for a bit, and it was a true pleasure to talk to him. As we sat … [Read more…]

Read More “Someone else’s whole world.”

When I was in college, I was a resident advisor in the dormitory where I lived. My dorm director, Scott Boss, was a graduate student who not only supervised all the resident advisors in my dorm but also taught us leadership lessons. One day Scott was talking to the R.A.’s about ways we could better […]

Read More PMP:088 Moving from Average to Excellence in School Relationships

Last week I attended a great webinar presentation provided by NASSP with guest presenter, Jimmy Casas, on Hiring For Excellence.

Jimmy Casas www.jimmycasas.com
Jimmy Casas www.jimmycasas.com

A Connected Principal contributor, Jimmy is the current principal of Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. Among his many other accomplishments, he co-authored a book with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul entitled, What Connected Educators Do Differently. Check out his website for more great resources.

After running my notes by Jimmy, he gave me the thumbs up to share some highlights from his valuable advice for school leaders who are hiring new teachers or team members: Read More Great Lessons from Jimmy Casas on Hiring For Excellence