This is an archived blog from January 2012. Being a leader in today’s schools is a difficult challenge. There are mandates, shrinking resources, learning gaps, new supervisors, micro managing school boards, and state legislatures to deal with. These challenges can cause you to act with caution and less confidence which could negatively impact you as […]
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Welcome to the first Monday morning of 2012. I trust all of you had a wonderful break and are energized to welcome back your staff and students. Besides enjoying my family, I used the break to conduct many one question interviews with learners of all ages. I was interested in finding out what did learners […]
As we approach another Holiday break I wanted to write about what a great job Principals do in leading their buildings and how much I appreciate their efforts. Listed below are the 1o things I appreciate about them. The way they provide recognition of students and staff. How they support and encourage teachers with new […]
Within the next couple of weeks, students and staff will be taking some much needed time off to celebrate the holidays with their families. For leaders of organizations this can be a tricky time. Should I relax and cancel my December staff meeting? Should I stop my one on one meetings with staff because of […]
For the past several months public education across the country has been attacked and defined by several as failing and ineffective. In fact, many state legislatures have passed laws increasing the number of charter schools, reducing teacher pay, imposing an 80-20 health care provision on educators, and reducing the amount of state aid to schools. All […]
This is a great week for everyone to practice gratitude. Make a commitment to seek out ten people and thank them for who they are and what they do. It can be students, staff members, community members, or family. This small act is a powerful way to appreciate one another. By practicing more gratitude and […]
Ouch, not another Monday Moanin. Be on top of your game this week. In most district’s, this week is the one before a few days off to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a necessary time for all educators to be well planned and intentional in their practice. Many community members tend be a little antsy this […]
One more Monday to wake up to. I hope all is well in your school communities. I urge all school leaders to focus on communication this week. As a leader , is it important to be in contact with your stakeholders. Develop a specific content schedule that organizes your communication within your school community.
It is always tough getting revved up for another week. This week, try narrowing your focus and work at being proactive in the area of commitment.
At this time of year many school districts are conducting parent teacher conferences. Last week I was attending my kids conference and upon leaving I couldn’t help but notice something. Although there were many parking places available in the lot that I was parked in, there were three cars parked illegally in the circle right […]