School Leadership

Not Vaccinating Your Kid? Thanks for Being Part of the Problem!

Recently, the Center for Disease Control released a report stating there was a 300% spike in individuals getting infected with measles. You can read the full report at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html . As a parent and as a former Superintendent of Schools, I find this incredibly disturbing. It is my opinion that this 300% spike could have […]

Keyboard Warriors and Social Media Muscles in Schools

NEWSFLASH: There are people on the Internet that don’t like each other. There are people that don’t like each other in person too, but today’s pitfall of technology has enabled a myriad of people to partake in voicing their opinions in a whole new* way (*new, being about 20 years at this point). Recently, a […]

Re-Imagining Educational Leadership: Beginning With Coffee

I recently participated in a seminar on “student engagement” with new and experienced teachers, principals, vice-principals, and district-level educational leaders. We started with a basic icebreaker activity. We were asked to introduce ourselves by giving our names and sharing one word that reflects a central aspect of our educational philosophy. My chosen word led to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dear Administrator: Lead or Shut Up

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Are you a leader? Do you think of yourself as one? Are you a good one? Or, do you just talk a good game? Do you use beautiful words? Do you act on them? Do you stand up for what’s right? Or do you just talk a good game? Yes. You guessed it. This is […]

Do You Believe in Magic?

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When people talk about childhood idols and heroes, I always say David Copperfield. No, not the character from Dickens. The other character: image credit: vegas.com If you don’t know of the man above, David Copperfield is an international illusionist who has performed all over the world. He did a series of specials in the 80’s […]

Leadership That Moves Beyond Me to We

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Have you ever heard someone say, “one day when I’m the leader” or “when I can make the decisions things will be different.” They believe that the ability to influence decisions happens across a desk or podium. Many abdicate their influence by getting stuck believing that they can only truly influence other through a position. […]

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