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July 05, 2017

Getting Into Classrooms With a Coach Approach

The value of being in classrooms to provide feedback seems like an obvious one, and yet so many principals can find themselves trapped in their office, piled under the daily minutia preventing them from getting into classrooms to provide feedback.

July 02, 2017

Do Some Administrators Let the Position Go to Their Heads?

There are lots of people who go into leadership positions but never make it further than focusing on their administrative duties. There are at least three reasons why this happens.

June 22, 2017

3 Issues To Ponder so That Summer Plans Survive the Winter

It's easy for leaders to make a grand plan in July when things are relatively quiet, but it's much harder to make those plans work when it's in the middle of January.

June 04, 2017

Why Shouldn't Teachers Become Principals?

NPR recently published an article about an assistant principal who left the teaching ranks to make more money. Many leaders don't leave for the money, and what's the problem if they do choose to leave the classroom?

May 21, 2017

Why Should Principals Care About Their Own Self-Efficacy?

Tschannen-Moran & Gareis 2004 write, "The purpose of leadership is to facilitate group goal attainment by establishing and maintaining an environment favorable to group performance." That's an important job, and we need leaders with a sense of self-efficacy to do it.

May 14, 2017

5 Ways Students Should Be Connected Beyond Technology

As important as being connected and learning how to use Smartphones appropriately is important, so is putting them down and finding connections in other ways. There are at least five other ways to be connected, and they're important.

May 07, 2017

If Video Is So Powerful, Shouldn't Principals Use It Too?

Too often principals ask teachers and coaches to do something that they aren't going to do themselves. Is video one of them?

April 30, 2017

Does Your Coach Have Credibility?

Some leaders only focus on what to fix outward and never spend enough time looking inward to see what needs fixing first. Coaching can help that. A coach can help that, but in order for it to happen, the coach needs credibility.

April 26, 2017

5 Strategies Leaders Can Use to Stay Out of the Weeds

Too often leaders find themselves in the weeds, which prevents them from making good decisions. There are 5 ways to prevent that from happening.

April 23, 2017

Students Don't Always Trust Us, and That's a School Climate Issue

As a society we seem to be more polarized than ever, and as an institution students do not seem to trust us very much. It's time to get the trust back and it begins with our school climate.

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