Entries by Dan Hickey

Monday Moanin Thoughts #5

Lots of thoughts from the last week; I was talking to several HS students about challenges that they face on a daily basis. Near the top was the number of tests or assessments they have on the same day. Several of them shared  that it is not unusual to have three or four tests on […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #4 Validate

The theme of the week is validate. Across the Tri-County area of Michigan several schools have celebrated Homecoming week. The amount of planning, doing, and acting by students and staff to provide a positive experience for all is overwhelming. As a leader, validate the time and effort put in by these outstanding people.

Monday Moanin Thoughts #3

If you have personality that is always seeking perfection and you are self critical when things don’t  go according to your plan, try focusing on being effective. This may help you achieve balance and you will operate with a high level of success. Perfect is tough, effective is achievable. I co-facilitated a workshop with outstanding […]

Monday Moanin Thoughts #2

Some  thoughts from the last week. In Michigan, it is getting very frustrating that the Legislature is dealing with issues that attack teachers and  do little to help kids. The latest is to not allow districts to directly deduct  union dues as part of the paycheck, Really!

Start Strong By Setting The Correct Tone

Most schools in the Midwest begin the 2011-12 school year the Tuesday after Labor Day. 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  reaching the first day with students exhausted due to the […]

Focus On What You Can Control- Begin With Respect

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. Educators are being scrutinized more closely than any other time in recent memory . They are constantly having to adjust to changes over […]

Instructional Support Teams (IST) Help Enhance Instructional Skills

In many school districts teacher improvement is measured by a traditional, outdated evaluation process conducted by building administrators.  Very little improvement occurs for teachers as a result of this archaic process.  Many of these observations are directed by individuals lacking background  knowledge in an area of the curriculum being observed and evaluated. For the master […]