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September 03, 2018

Twas the Day Before a New School Year

So as I "enjoy" the butterflies that are starting to flutter, I take a deep meditative breath as I jump into a new school year with my eyes, my heart, and my mind wide open knowing that this will be the best year ever.

August 22, 2018

Lead With an Open Heart

Ultimately, as leaders, we have a big job of helping adults help children while promoting an atmosphere that embraces change, failure, and growth for the greater successes that come from them all.

June 24, 2018

Leaders, Know Who Your Team Needs You to Be

While we are doing all of this stuff for the folks on our team, we also have to stay true to ourselves. Although we may not be able to go at the pace we wanted, we should still act with personal integrity, so we never lose sight of what we believe.

May 29, 2018

Teachers Require Timely Feedback If You Want Them to Improve

Admin, spend time setting goals with your teachers. Agree upon what they want to work on and then visit frequently, looking for the specific areas the teachers set goals on. Provide them feedback beyond "that was good". Try to be specific in where they are applying strategies and if they aren't applying any strategies, provide some for them or put them in touch with another teacher who does it well already who can help.

May 06, 2018

What Story Does Your Demo Lesson Tell?

When you're interviewing for a new job, remember that leaders are watching everything. Make sure to dress professionally but sensibly. Come prepared and ask a lot of questions. Be visible. Move around a lot and try not to sit for the period. Make sure to show what you know about differentiation and be intentional about how and what you are doing with the students. Be transparent. Don't forget to write a quick thank you for the opportunity.

May 01, 2018

Be Flexible to Meet the Needs of a Group

Looking back on the experience now, I'm glad I was able to provide them an authentic opportunity to collaborate and I could facilitate their getting the work done. There is nothing I like more as a facilitator than watching a healthy team work together toward a common goal and then achieving the goal with a product that will make their lives easier. That's really what it is all about.

April 17, 2018

Leaders and Teachers: Let's Build an Agenda of Focus Together

The work of school leadership like the work of classroom educators is nuanced and more complicated than it seems from the outside—I can truly appreciate that now from both sides.

March 22, 2018

Authentic Learning Begins With Student-Designed Curriculum

As the world becomes more globally connected and the information is to be gathered from a multitude of places, teachers shouldn't have to compete with these other formats to help students learn. Teachers should be engaging students with the tools they are already using, expanding their use and knowledge of the formats and letting kids choose their own adventures. The new role of the teacher is as the facilitator of learning, collaborator, and resource to the students who often have different knowledge that can help inform teaching.

March 06, 2018

Collaborating to Build a Learning Organization

As I grow as a school leader, every day is an opportunity for learning and growth. Working with my colleagues and my team, I know we can build a learning organization we all want to be a part of that both nurtures student innovation and learning. And as my professional learning continues, I will embrace the forward movement as I did as a teacher, fearlessly. At the end of the day, it is all about kids and they deserve the best.

March 01, 2018

Ask the Right Questions, Listen to the Answers

There are too many things to do each day and it could be easy to miss these important listening opportunities, but I care too much about doing this job well to allow them to slip away. My door is always open, but until I'm here longer, I need to meet everyone where it is most convenient for them

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