administration

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The kids had only been gone for three days but, now that the Memorial Day long weekend was over, my work as an assistant principal was ready to begin again. It was time to clear out the old year and prepare for the next one, which would begin in two months whether we were ready […]

All This

After another 11-hour day at school which “ended” with me dragging a box full of four more hours of work to do at home, let me say two things. First, I still love my job. Heck, when I was a young teacher, I worked 15-hour days and 5-hour nights! More importantly, I want to say, […]

Relationships Over Rules…Teachers Matter Too

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In the last several months we tackled the topic of relationships over rules in the world of students. You can read that post here. This time around, we’re diving into the world of relationships over rules with teachers. As a second year administrator, I (Brent) have a lot still to learn about how to best […]

Race Car Driver

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Valerie stood in my doorway and quietly tapped. “Here’s the file you asked for, Mr. Ramsey,” she said. “New boy, Gonzalo Pomelo, eighth grade, Mrs. Duarte’s homeroom.” I took the file and thanked my secretary. As I opened to the first page, she added, “By the way, he’s here in the lobby waiting to see […]

Relationships Over Rules: Separating Fact From Fiction

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Then… I (Brent) am a former student pastor turned public educator. Upon leaving vocational ministry, I moved into a position as a teacher and coach in southeast Texas. I taught science at the seventh and eighth grade levels for seven years and loved it. However fun my science classes were to teach, science was never […]

Unfollow Me, Please

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It’s been very busy on my end over the past month. I released my second podcast, published my first flash-read on Amazon, and have crisscrossed the country. Despite all of the good stuff, those who aren’t fans of mine capitalized on some mistakes that were made under my watch. As a superintendent, the buck stops […]

Teacher Leadership: When Your Hands Feel Tied

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Over the span of my career, I’ve worked with outstanding principals, very poor principals, and all of those in between. Leadership in a school makes a difference! Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “There are no good schools without good principals. It just doesn’t exist. And where you have great principals, good […]

3 Things Your Administrators Wish You Knew

Sometimes things aren’t what they seem… As a teacher I very rarely thought of things from the perspective of my administrator. I still tend to develop training, development, and the services I provide to schools and districts from a teacher-centered perspective. It has always been and always will be my belief that initiatives and instructionalmethods […]

Top 10 Things I Learned from Being a Principal for Seven Weeks

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For seven weeks, I was an interim, elementary principal in one of my district’s elementary schools. It was an opportunity and experience that was invaluable. When I began I was nervous and full of anxiety, but when I ended, I had wonderful memories, great new relationships, and a very real and meaningful learning experience. So […]

Witness

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The Orlando-Vincente fight during lunch recess began with loud name-calling and pushing and shoving. It quickly escalated to shouting profanities and throwing fists. The whole thing lasted only a few minutes but left both boys sniffling and bleeding. Then both second-graders were brought to my office for their trial and sentencing. “Thank you, Ana,” I […]