Entries by Dan Hickey

Monday Moanin Thoughts #15 Be More Effective And Intentional

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 […]

Monday Moanin #13 10 Things I Appreciate About Principals

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 […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #12 Fight Complacency

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 […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #11, Fight Back, Tell Your Story

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 […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #10, Gratitude

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 […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #9, Be Current and Proactive

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 […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #8 Communication

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.

Monday Moanin Thoughts #6

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 […]