school culture

Little Conversations

Kids will not work for you unless they trust you. If they trust you, they will enjoy being in your presence. The longer they are in your presence, the easier it will be to form lasting, productive relationships. And the more genuine relationships you have in your school, the more positive your school climate will […]

Relationships: Hearing Them Grow

Building relationships with kids takes time and commitment on both sides of the equation. A solid connection can be encouraged or fortified by a grand event – an open house evening, a “Donuts for Dad” or “Muffins for Mom” celebration, or a campus carnival – but such an event alone cannot create long and meaningful […]

8 Ways to Lead: A Mindset Shift for Teachers

Mention the word, “leader,” and many people conjure up an image of a larger-than-life character who seemingly single-handedly transforms their organization for the better. A leader, as many also erroneously believe, is determined by having a title or position of importance. John Maxwell said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.” Teachers all over […]

Educate Parents and Early Childhood Programs Will Follow

After fourteen years of teaching child care professionals and teachers about preschool learners, one of my college students, with sweet, enthusiastic innocence, told me that her threes understood the word “hypothesis.” That in her center, they teach a “word a week” to the children. And their philosophy? Their motivation? “We have to get them ready […]

Punch Her Face

It’s hard to believe that violence in the workplace still exists in schools. Sadly, there are still incidents that require leadership to step up and alleviate it. A few years ago, we decided to go with a computer program that required quite a bit of training and recalibration. Needless to say, some were not happy […]

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 […]

Complacency Kills

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I just finished reading one of the best books ever.The Operatorby Robert O’Neill is the story of the Navy SEAL who dedicated a good chunk of his life fighting for American freedoms. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it should; he’s the SEAL who fired three rounds into Osama Bin Laden. The boy from Butte, […]

Pilo

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My first administrative job was as assistant principal at Garden Lakes School for the 2000-2001 school year. During that year, I had the great opportunity to work with a most influential man thirty years my senior…the head custodian, Pilo Berrelez. As I was lifting and carrying all the new textbooks in early August, Pilo offered […]

If the Teachers Didn’t Have to Come Back to School, Would They?

School starts again tomorrow after the holiday break. Teachers are thinking about how to make the day special for students, how to welcome them back in a way that helps them feel connected and happy about being back at school. They champion their students, thinking about each one of them and how they might be […]

Finding Love Again

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Today is Human Rights Day. Ironic we have to set aside a special day, when it should be the norm. Human rights for all. All the time. We are Teachers. We are strong and mighty. It’s time to find love again, doing whatever it takes. We’re all in this together. Let our collective voices “raise […]

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