Connected Principals Posts

“This creativity aspect is very important because in Finland we believe that risk-taking, creativity and innovation are very, very important for a society like ours. And particularly working in this…

Read More Less is more. Teach less, learn more.

Solitude and Leadership, the title of William Deresiewicz’s much circulated American Scholar article intones.   Solitude and Leadership:  one cannot help but lower one’s voice and slow one’s enunciation as the title…

Read More Solitude, Leadership, Concentration and Twitter

To be successful in education, we need each of our stakeholders to take ownership. Part of this is the recognition that each partner has a different role, no more and no less important. By conquering the adversarial relationships that can exist in education, we can make each partner feel valued. We can start this by getting rid of the “Us versus Them” mentality.

Read More No “Us versus Them”, just “Us”

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always…

Read More a new looking glass

My mantra for my position throughout the past (almost) year has been that there wasn’t a manual handed to me with my new position. I say it jokingly but in…

Read More How do you know….

In the span of a day, a principal can see and do many things. Here is an example of one of my Fridays: Teaching a high school class and helping…

Read More The No-Policy Policy

I regularly exercise at a health club near my house. The worst month to workout is January. The place is always packed that month. A lot of new people show…

Read More New Resolutions vs. Old Goals

The more I have been involved using social media helping to create incredible opportunities for myself and our students, the more I have seen the value. Many comments however regard…

Read More Turn On the “Share” Button

Upon becoming Principal of New Milford High School in June of 2007 I made it one of my primary goals to work hard at sharing with my stakeholders all of…

Read More Public Relations Matters

Relationships are the key foundation to the success of students in our schools. The more we connect with them, the more likely they are to succeed. This is not only…

Read More We Are All Connected

The other day I stopped my car at a 4-way, stop signed intersection. (Really, truly stopped, not one of those I-bet-if-a-cop-was-watching-me-right-now-I’d-get-ticketed-slow-rolling-pauses.) I glanced to the right, saw another car had…

Read More It’s automatic.

I have been engaged recently in numerous conversations regarding teacher effectiveness, motivation, peer mentoring, and pride in student achievement.  As many professional educators I can come up with a variety…

Read More Change Comes from Within