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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

February 15, 2018

Audiobooks Are the Answer to My Reading Backlog

As professionals, it is important for us to stay up to date with important new ideas and research, but there isn't always enough time in the day to add to the already long list of things to do. So why not use a tool that can help with that?

February 11, 2018

It's Time for a Confrontation Reframe

So now I have to reframe the hard conversation... it's not so much about how the teacher is going to hear what I'm saying, or if he/she likes me after we have it. It's all about the students and creating the optimal learning environment for all students.

January 21, 2018

Make Co-Teaching a Part of Your Weekly Leadership Routine

This time in the classroom is more important than anything else I do. Interacting with my team and their students, getting to know the environment and seeing their willingness to take risks and build on their own professionalism and practice goes a long way. Trying new things may not always go smoothly, but I want them to know they have a partner in me; I'm invested in their success because it matters to our students.

January 02, 2018

Attentive: My #OneWord for 2018

Knowing that change continues to grow more imminent, I will watch, listen and respond to the needs of all the members of my team to the best of my abilities. It's hard to shift practices that we have all grown comfortable with wearing that skin. It's time to shed it and emerge stronger as a team. New years are exciting. It's time to capitalize on the excitement and move forward in a sustainable and meaningful way.

December 19, 2017

2017 Was All About Assessment: A Year in Review

Whether we talk about the how or why of assessment, it always comes back to the communication of learning and different things that dilute that discussion.

December 14, 2017

Station Learning Empowers All Learners to Own Their Learning

If active learning works for younger learners, why wouldn't it work for adult learners?

December 03, 2017

Shining Light on the 'Dark Side' of Leadership

When I tell a teacher I'm going to be present for something, I do my very best to be there. Showing up is the most important part of my job. It's the only way I can build credibility and trust with my team. If I don't do as I say, then they shouldn't trust me and I truly will have gone to the dark side.

November 30, 2017

What If I'm Not as Good at Being a Leader as I Was at Being a Teacher?

Becoming a leader wasn't about going to the dark side, but rather shedding light on what was once considered dark. I see myself as one of the teachers, among them, regardless of what my title suggests. In fact, in spite of it, I long to help inspire the many children in our district who deserve the best education possible from the most amazing teachers who might just need a little more time to consider how to do that.

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