It's easy to write a vision statement. It's an altogether different task to create a vision. A vision compels, it empowers, it paints the future in living colors. Every organization has statements. Plans, goals, missions, vision statements, etc... But a statement is not the same as a vision. What's more, we need action that propels … Continue reading Vivid Vision: From School Vision to Action
The back to school season is one that is filled with hope and excitement. Each new school year brings opportunities to leverage fresh commitments and new perspectives. In this post, I'll share several back-to-school resources and strategies to help you engage your teams, teachers, and the local community at the start of the year. You … Continue reading Back to School Resources for Principals
If you've sat behind the principal's desk for more than 6 hours, you know it's difficult, and in some cases impossible, to stay focused on any single task. Magnify that challenge across days, weeks, and semesters, and you have the daunting challenge of staying focused as a school principal or educational leader. Why is it … Continue reading Staying Focused – Challenges, Benefits, and How To
August amnesia is soon coming to a campus near you. It's the "what did we say we were going to do" syndrome. My gut says everyone in school leadership has experienced this, maybe even you. I know I have as a teacher and an administrator. Here's a simple solution to remedy the amnesia. These strategies will … Continue reading End of Year Collaborative Reflections
Instructional leadership is an absolute necessity for any type of school improvement to occur. That said, it is not the starting point, nor the finish line to drastic and reliable school improvement.
Burnout is not what you think is it. It is real, and it is not shameful to confess it. You are no less of an educator because of it...in fact, you might just be too much of an educator! In her new book, Dr. Latoya Dixon tackles the issue of burnout and confronts the narratives and … Continue reading Burned Out, Beaten Up, and Fighting Back (Book Review)
Building a powerful school culture is not complicated - it only needs these five ingredients.
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. We’re already wrapping up the first month of 2018, and I’m reflecting on where 1/12th of the year has gone. Time marches quickly, which gives me reason to think about shaking things up. What will you decide to do with your 2018, so that … Continue reading Educational Practices for the Past, the Future, and Humans (2018)
You may wonder why connect with educators? How do I connect with others? Where should I start? Those are the questions I had, and here's what I've learned.