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September 13, 2018

From #Attentive to #Commitment, This Year's #OneWord

Each year we must consider what we have worked on and make a decision on a new focus that builds on what came before. This year, my #oneword is commitment; what's yours?

September 11, 2018

Go Beyond Empathy by Being Compassionate

As we build more authentic learning environments, we must all seek to be compassionate toward those we work with. A warm smile and a positive attitude go a long way and it is our duty during the school day to ensure that all people feel safe and have what they need to be successful.

September 06, 2018

The Start of Year Two as a New Leader: The Training Wheels Are Officially Off

Last year I worried about every decision I made, reaching out to someone before I decisively made any movement - at least at the beginning. This year, I am clear on what we are doing and I'm sending a focused message to all I speak with and I look forward to our first department meeting where we can start to zero in on the work.

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 26, 2018

Exciting Preparations for a New School Year

Instead of a plan book, I have a calendar and a to-do list that will help inform the first month of school. This upcoming week we have preplanning meetings and administrative check-ins. I'll eagerly listen and participate so that I can make sure our team gets what it needs.

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.

August 19, 2018

A Shift for Our Kids in the Way They Think About Learning

Guest post by Mark Erlenwein In 2013 I became the newly appointed fourth principal of my alma mater after 16 years as a STEM teacher and assistant principal in the same building I practically grew up in. My time as a student at Staten Island Technical High School, although 25 years ago, are vivi...

August 12, 2018

Aspiring Leaders Need Good Mentors

Guest post by Jodie Pierpoint Have you ever left a conference knowing that you wanted to go home and make a change?  Try something different? Take a risk? I felt that way after leaving the 2017 National Principals Conference. As an aspiring school leader, I left that conference knowing that I had...

August 08, 2018

Struggling With Depression and the Expectation of Positivity

I'm selfishly hoping that by sharing my struggles right now, I will feel better for writing about them and also have folks who I know can understand, despite how lonely and alone I feel when I go through it.

August 05, 2018

Learning Through My Own Mental Models and Organizational Frames

Throughout my leadership coursework, I've been asked to reflect on a number of different things. In one class that I really enjoyed, we had excellent reading materials that often encouraged me to dig deep into my new experiences, watching closely what I was feeling and thinking to tackle new experie...

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