Connected Principals Posts

As a child, I did not read much. I definitely did not read for pleasure, but I read because I had to. Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy reading was that I was continuously asked to read books in which I was not interested in the classroom setting. Now that I think about it, … [Read more…]

Read More The Gifts of Each and Every Child

Please bear with me as I try to process my thoughts through writing…This might seem like a bit of a ramble, but I am trying to work through some ideas. I read something on a picture sharing site (I cannot find the image, but this is not my idea) that has stuck with me and … [Read more…]

Read More Are you adding to the person or the plate?

This past week, I had the pleasure to speak at a conference where the attendees were both educators and students, at a 70/30 split. It was an incredible experience, and…

Read More “I get it now.”

This past week, I had the pleasure to speak at a conference where the attendees were both educators and students, at a 70/30 split. It was an incredible experience, and the enthusiasm from the students for the event was infectious for not only me but the entire room. I had the opportunity to connect with … [Read more…]

Read More “I get it now.”

In the article, “6 Powerful Ways to Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities” by Cindy Lamothe, I was struck by the following part: Self-confidence takes the biggest hit after a setback, but…

Read More The Difference You Make

In the article, “6 Powerful Ways to Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities” by Cindy Lamothe, I was struck by the following part: Self-confidence takes the biggest hit after a setback, but there’s a way of lessening its impact. In his book Option B, renowned psychologist Adam Grant makes a case for counting one’s contributions instead of … [Read more…]

Read More The Difference You Make

I was at the drive-thru for Panera the other day, and I am exhausted. I have had a long day and am at the “hangry” stage where I am grumpy from being hungry. I order a sandwich and soup, and my favorite cookie only to get to the window to be told that cookie, which … [Read more…]

Read More The Best Part of Someone’s Day

My daughter Kallea is almost three, and being a father has been the greatest blessing of my life.  Being a dad is tough, and I feel like I have been…

Read More Hopes for School

My daughter Kallea is almost three, and being a father has been the greatest blessing of my life.  Being a dad is tough, and I feel like I have been crying non-stop for three years with either sad or happy tears. Watching her grow up is fascinating, and I notice how incredible of a learner … [Read more…]

Read More Hopes for School

A few nights ago I was sitting in a theater with my wife watching the movie, Yesterday, starring Himesh Patel and Lily James. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I do want to say I was completely affected by the nostalgia and its focus on the legacy of Beatles music. In fact, […]

Read More PMP158: Why Telling Your Own Story Matters

In my upcoming book, “Innovate Inside the Box“: Our imperfections and failures are often what make us relatable to our students and the people with whom we work. As my…

Read More Embrace Humanness

In my upcoming book, “Innovate Inside the Box“: Our imperfections and failures are often what make us relatable to our students and the people with whom we work. As my good friend and brilliant educator Meghan Lawson says, “We don’t have to be perfect to make a difference. We need to care deeply about our … [Read more…]

Read More Embrace Humanness

The article, “The Most Important Way To Measure Your Day” by Tim Denning, focuses on two simple questions as a way to measure a successful day: 1. Did I learn…

Read More The Importance of Gratitude

The article, “The Most Important Way To Measure Your Day” by Tim Denning, focuses on two simple questions as a focus of a way to measure a successful day: 1. Did I learn one new thing today? 2. Did I help or inspire one person? These are two questions I hope I can answer daily … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Gratitude