Monday Moanin Thoughts #80 Focus On Respect

Happy Monday Moanin. Please read this archived post from  a few years ago. Now more than ever it is essential that everyone work together in schools to help all learners achieve and be successful. The time is now to focus on respect and support one another.   We are living through an unprecedented time of attack on public education. Issues range from an over focus on testing to loss of  individual  benefits and compensation to loss of local control. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #79 Improve You Leadership

Being a leader in public education in 2013 is filled with challenges. There are mandates, shrinking resources, learning gaps, new supervisors, and  state legislatures passing laws that create a new era of accountability that is difficult to understand. These challenges can cause you to lose confidence which could negatively impact your role as a leader. Below are some strategies that may be helpful in enhancing your skills as a leader. In no particular order they are :

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #78 Culture Is A Reflection Of Principals’ Leadership

Most schools in the Midwest just finished their first week of the  2013-14 school year. Building principals and their staffs have endured several professional learning days in preparation for the opening. As I reflect back on my years as a building principal , I remember  experiencing the first week with students exhausted due to planning and facilitating the opening of  a new year. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #77 Are You Working? Great Time To Reflect

Monday Moanin thoughts this on this September morning is especially challenging because today signals the end of summer for many of you. Today is also Labor Day . A day when we celebrate working people across America. There are many challenges across our country with high unemployment, growing poverty, and a movement towards privatization of services that have cost several of our colleagues their jobs or a reduction in pay and benefits. Read more