Connected Principals Posts

When is the last time you heard the following words? “We do what’s best for kids.” Of course, we want school leaders to do what is best for students. But we also want to provide a place where adults feels supported and encouraged in bringing joy to students. Those priorities are not in opposition to […]

Read More PMP:145 Promoting a Culture of Trust – Part 2

“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

You are passionate about something, and you want others to feel and live your enthusiasm. We have all had that “something” that has meant a lot to us, and we want others to embrace the same ideas.  Yet, our enthusiasm and approach in helping shift the thinking of others can sometimes alienate others and can … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Simple Ways to Help Shift the Thinking of Others

I pride myself on being visible so that I know what is going on at my school.* I stand at the front door or “the intersection” every morning to greet the students (my…

Read More High Visibility

Recently, I wrote this post on “Personalized Learning Opportunities For Students is a Team Effort,” and asked for feedback and thoughts from educators on how to best empower educators to…

Read More The Wisdom of Those Closest To Students

Recently, I wrote this post on “Personalized Learning Opportunities For Students is a Team Effort,” and asked for feedback and thoughts from educators on how to best empower educators to serve the individual needs of their students.  I received some great ideas in the comments as well as through email. I received this email from … [Read more…]

Read More The Wisdom of Those Closest To Students

Cultivating a positive school culture is a lot like tending a garden. When you have tilled the soil, pulled the weeds, and watered your plants, your work is not finished. You will need to take the same steps again soon in order to keep a healthy environment for growth. School culture requires the same care. […]

Read More PMP:144 Building and Maintaining Positive School Culture

The following was written to be shared as part of our application to the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC. It is an exploration into the ways in which our model has ‘fit’ nicely with the new BC Curriculum, and to share some of the influence that we have had in our […]

Read More Inquiry Hub Secondary School – Confluence and Influence

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