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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.

November 28, 2017

What Can We Do Today to Shift Culture?

No change happens overnight, no matter how much we want it to. Real growth happens with collaborative leadership that embraces the strengths of every member of the team. This is what is best for our school community and that is why I'm committed to seeing it through.

November 26, 2017

Model Best Practice When Leading Team Meetings

Learning chances are too precious to waste. I will keep modeling how to make the most of each one, allowing the vulnerability to be visible regardless of how uncomfortable it may feel.

November 23, 2017

Be Thankful for the Opportunities Provided

Every day I learn something new and am so grateful for that experience. Although it is not always pleasant at the time, the opportunity to grow feels limitless.

November 20, 2017

Leaders, Get Into Classrooms

This is the work we need to be doing to affect positive change in the classroom. This is how we build a team.

November 14, 2017

Making the Call: Self-Care vs. Work Commitment

Balance is tremendously hard, even when you realize how important it is. I understand intellectually that I can't do anything else well, if I don't take care of myself, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

November 07, 2017

Virtual Enterprise Makes Business Learning Real

Virtual Enterprise is evidence that real-world, project-based learning promotes student engagement and quality learning experiences. These practices can be implemented in every classroom, at every level and every content area where appropriate, so long as there is support in place to ensure the successful launch of that implementation.

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?

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