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November 02, 2017

Measuring Successes as a New School Leader, One Experience at a Time

These events this week have been the moments that helped me see that change is happening. The relationships are being built and folks are seeing the possibilities. I'm still working to stop saying things like, "when I was in the classroom..." and just listen to teachers and help them find what works for when they are in the classroom with our kids.

October 29, 2017

How Can Students Focus on Learning When Educators Only Care About Grades?

As education continues to shift, we need to evaluate the long held systems in place. Grading teachers doesn't make them more effective, constant conversations and snapshot observations will. We can only help improve educators if we take the time to get to know them. Admin, know your teachers. What are you waiting for?

October 26, 2017

When Confrontation Leads to Deeper Reflection

Changes in leadership can create discomfort with staff, especially if the prior administrator handled things very differently. Your team needs time to get used to new leadership and expectations. As relationships are being developed, everything is being watched. Every exchange is an opportunity for reflection and growth to become a better leader and develop more connected relationships.

October 24, 2017

School Leadership Can Feel Like a Treadmill

Since being in classrooms is really what will inform my ability to help teachers serve students, I know I have to get into them more in whatever capacity I can, especially beyond observations and walk-throughs, though I acknowledge this is a good start. How do I go about getting off the treadmill and onto the real learning part of leadership?

October 12, 2017

Imagine a New Learning Paradigm

As we continue to acknowledge the nuance of learning and adjust expectations accordingly, student engagement and ownership over their own learning will improve. It's time to de-emphasize testing as a means of accountability and start working with the community to build relationships that apply the skills being learned and also better our surroundings.

October 10, 2017

Be a Talent Coach, Not an Evaluator

Since we must evaluate teachers in New York, why not make that process valuable to everyone involved for the benefit of the students?

September 24, 2017

Musings on Becoming a School Leader

Since I can only learn as fast as I can, the more meaningfully I dive into the work, the better I will be for the folks I'm working with. That's why my #oneword for this school year is going to be discover. I can't wait to uncover all of the learning and nuances I will need to be a great collaborative leader.

July 20, 2017

Have Confidence, You've Got This

Learning is exciting and nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting. I will take this most recent experience with me into my new job as I get to know my colleagues and start to develop relationships with them that is going to require a fair deal of trust. Change always requires trust. What do you need to feel confident when trying new things or old things that you haven't done in a long time?

June 29, 2017

An Ode to Empty Spaces

As another school year officially comes to a close, I soak in the stillness of the empty space and all of the learning it holds within its once text-rich walls. Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, but when you know you aren't returning, there is a finality to it that lingers closer to sad.

May 14, 2017

What's More Important: Credentials or Experience?

Classroom teaching and being a part of a school community requires so much of every individual. If you're the kind of teacher who wants to take advantage of all it, there is no way you won't grow from the experience. Whether through the day to day in the classroom or the professional learning opportunities both in and out school, when teachers choose to learn, they do and we are qualified for a great many jobs.

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