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September 20, 2018

Find and Expose Your Blind Spot as a Leader

Honestly, while I was reading and then subsequently doing the activity to figure out what I wanted to commit to, I struggle mightily with selecting one thing that I really wanted to work on. In many ways, my ego got in the way of my ability to really drill down, but as I started to think about what stung the most from last year's experiences, it was my own inability to get past insecurities and trust myself the way that I do in the classroom. Ultimately, this lack of confidence made difficult conversations one of the weak points in my leadership arsenal and it is so important.

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 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.

July 24, 2018

Writing a Flexible Curricular Map to Ensure Student Voice is Heard

Learning is deeply personal and engaging when done right, and every school can be developing lifelong learners by setting up expectations that involve student and teacher participation.

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 27, 2018

Know and Embody Your Educational Philosophy

Guest Post by Barbara Silkes George Matthew Adams, a popular newspaper columnist at the turn of the 19th century, once said,  "Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which...

May 24, 2018

Want to Give Up Grades? Here's How You Can Get Buy-in

As we consider what is best for students, we must remember that they are more than a number. Let's provide them with the feedback they need to progress, the language they need to reflect on learning and the strategies to keep growing.

May 15, 2018

Great Leadership Is Like Gardening

It takes time to grow a garden and to build a team. This year, I wasn't sure that I had made any impact, but now over time, the changes are starting to happen. So lets plant seeds and do whatever it takes to ensure their growth.

May 08, 2018

Appreciate Teachers Every Day, Not Just on One Special Week

Those thanks that we share do make the hard days easier, but there is no reason for them to only to occur during teacher appreciation week. Educators should and can be acknowledged and appreciated every day school is in session.

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.

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