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March 20, 2011

College and Career Readiness? Do We Need to Clear the Path?

This entry was cross posted on Sentiments on Common Sense. In recent months tremendous amounts of discourse have surrounded the topic of college and career readiness for students graduating from secondary schools around the United States and the world. A recent eSchool News report noted that the Me...

May 20, 2010

Leadership Style? Good Question!

This entry is cross posted to Sentiments on Common Sense. Lately I have been asked more than once the million dollar question: What is your leadership style? I find the question a bit loaded. It is loaded with possibilities, opportunities and HUGE potholes. The answer can be simple or complex....

April 20, 2010

Anyway... Keeping Sight of the Reasons We Come to Work

Cover of Anyway: the Paradoxical Commandments Sometimes work gets tough. We have tough days, tough hours, tough meetings and tough conversations. It ain't fun. Nobody likes conflict and sometimes things happen that make you wonder if it is really worth getting up and putting on that nice Dol...

March 22, 2010

Implementation Plan Next Steps?!

The entry was cross posted to www.sentimentsoncommonsense.comAs I work this academic year in rolling out a 1:1 program, I have thought long and hard about the next steps after the initial "out of the box" experience has worn off and the machines find their place in the daily lives of the studen...

February 20, 2010

Grit: Why the best and the Worst REALLY do Matter- In the classrooms for SURE!

This entry has been cross posted to Sentiments On Common Sense. I just returned from a trip to the U.S. to hire some teachers for my school. Those trips are grueling, intense and a chance to examine my personal educational beliefs at a core level. We move out on these trips with great purpose. W...

April 21, 2009

They Built a Film Festival and Created a Community Event

Image via WikipediaOur school hosted a international school film festival last week. The Shanghai Student Film Festival is in its second year. It was a wonderful event that allowed the students in our "little" city of Shanghai to come together to celebrate the art of film making and the wonderful f...

March 20, 2009

The Art of Self Promotion in a School Community!

Author's note: I wrote this post about a year ago and updated a little here for Leadertalk. I stumbled upon it the other day while cleaning out my hard drive. It hit home with me as we all are facing some tough community issues right now and I decided we really need to get our PR machine running a...

February 20, 2009

My Experiences with "Thought Leadership" and Personal Writing and My Own Professional Development

Image via Wikipedia This entry cross posted to "Sentiments On Common Sense" I found Scott McCleod's PDF handout on the 100 Principal Blog project almost 3 years ago when I took the initiative to start my school principal's blog. My tech integrator at the time, Jeff Utecht, was so proud. He had b...

January 19, 2009

When is it too much? AND When do we say "DO IT or GO!"?

The entry has been cross-posted to Sentiments On Common Sense.Image by Old Shoe Woman via FlickrMy colleagues and I got in an animated conversation the other day about the actual demonstrable skills teachers and administrators must have to be successful members of our school community. Beyond the b...

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