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April 16, 2010

Clever Idea

I did a double take when I saw this at the Charleston Children's Museum. While it may look like a trash can, you'll notice that it's a place both donations and suggestions. Great idea since both benefit the organization. Just got me thinking about how we accept feedback in our school. Blair Peterso...

January 17, 2010

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels

Cross posted on Creative Tension. Five years ago I used Michael Watkins' book, The First 90 Days to help me prepare for my transition into a new principalship and I plan to do the same with my next job. In August, I'll become the High School Principal at the Escola Graduada de São Paulo, or as tho...

December 17, 2009

Modeling the Use of Social Networking Tools: Where do you stand?

Cross posted on Creative Tension I would love to hear more about how school leaders are using today's tools as modelers in a digital-age learning culture. As a school leader, where do you stand on the following? On Blogging Are you blogging on your school's website? If so, who is your audien...

October 18, 2009

Do you remember how you felt when you got your first comment to a blog post?

If so, keep this feeling in mind while you read this post. I love the idea of LeaderTalk and think that the group has some very talented and knowledgeable individuals posting daily. I also know that I have been focusing hard on developing my posts each month and spending very little time commenting...

September 17, 2009

Have We Been Banging our Heads Against the Desk for Nothing?

Post Cross Posted on Creative Tension. Photo, Repeatedly, by OsakaBen This summer I am working on getting through my list of books to read. It's a good thing that my summer has been extended because I was way behind. Fortunately I was in the middle of Disrupting Class by Christenson, Horn and John...

July 18, 2009

When do we reflect and practice?

Cross Posted on Creative Tension. The past few months have been crazy with finishing up the school year, moving back to the United States and looking for a job. There has been no time for reading or writing blogs. Now that things have settled down for the summer I have time to do some writing. ...

April 18, 2009

The Best Type of Project Based Learning

Cross posted on Creative Tension I just happened to read Bob Lenz's post entitled Project Learning Creates a Win-Win Situation on Edutopia and at the end he poses the question, How has project learning revolutionized your classroom or school? This weekend our school is hosted the 6th Annual Malay...

March 21, 2009

Using Creative Tension to Move Forward

Cross posted on Creative Tension. A new blog for school leaders. The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension. Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline I ha...

February 15, 2009

Learning from the Research

When do we practitioners have time to read current research studies that can assist us with our daily work? And, why does it seem so difficult to wade through the research terminology (e.g. standard deviation, fixed effect, coefficients, regressions) I recently took the time to read the 2008 paper S...

January 18, 2009

"Isn't it Time That You Were Part of Something Big?"

As usual, I spent some of the winter break reflecting on the first semester and thinking ahead to the rest of the year. I really appreciate that time when my mind is free from all of the clutter from the day to day school work. It became perfectly clear to me that our initiative to transform the lea...

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