(Originally posted on Hallway Access.) By David Hochheiser Do you know what these are? I didn’t until a stranger tossed the red one to me, and my seven-year old lit up with a “That’s the kind I usually use.” The joy in his face and the fun we had after will forever be a perfect […]
Embrace the New Year and the New Teacher...
(Originally posted at Education, Leadership and 21st Century Pedagogy.) By Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez The Back to School blog posts are appearing. They’re showing up in our in boxes, our Twitter feeds, on Google+ and our Facebook feeds. Where just a week ago, our social media was filled with pictures of smiling couples, groups of friends […]
Leadership Tip: When to be a Cheerleader...
(Originally posted on @DrMattParker) By Matt Parker Any leader of an organization or school will tell you-cheering on your team is a huge priority. Being the cheerleader for your group is not just an overall morale booster for your team, but it also shows pride in your group, and it can be positive press for […]
5 Ways to Make a Change Happen Faster –
(Originally posted on Eduleadership.) By Justin Baeder When change happens too fast, it overwhelms people and diminishes their confidence that they’ll be successful. Skills take time to develop, and no one wants to be judged too quickly on a skill they are still developing. But some people think they should have three or four years to […]
Getting Things Done – Breck Quarles
(Originally posed on A Principal Journey.) By Breck Quarels “Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There’s nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.” – William James I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a natural procrastinator. Thankfully, I’ve gotten better over the last few years, but summer seems to bring the procrastination monster […]
Don’t Have A Good Day – Walter A. Kozlow
(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski I don’t recall when or where I picked up this habit, but I do know why. Instead of kindly suggesting to somebody that he or she “Have a good day”, I prefer to suggest they “Make it a great day.” I, especially like to do this […]
Ten School Leadership Lessons Inspired b...
(Originally Posted on Common Sense School Leadership.) By Christopher Wooleyhand The Godfather is arguably one of the best books and movies ever produced. While the violence associated with the film should never be glorified, there are many messages in the movie that can be used to inspire thoughtful leadership in education. My wife, Debbie, and […]
Guiding Principles of a Learning Communi...
(Originally posted on Inquiry to Results.) By Chris Hubbuch Effective leadership on any level requires reflection about core values. Through this process your principles are identified and tested. Actual core values consist of what you live out, as opposed to your idealized principles. The challenge for any leader is achieving consistency between expressed values and […]
Everybody Has a Story – Dan Butler
(Originally posted on Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat.) By Dan Butler I was walking down the hallway of one of my schools the other day and passed three students who all smiled from ear to ear and waved when they saw me. There is nothing like being the principal of an elementary school; there […]
Are You Rocking the Boat? – Joey Sagel
(Originally posted on Principal Joey.) By Joey Sagel What is a great educator? As a culture, we’ve bought into the notion (aided by just about any movie you can think of about a teacher) that being a great educator means rising above a corrupt and crumbling oppressive system and being a lone beacon of light […]
Why Behavior Trumps Attitude – Justin Ba
(Originally posted on EduLeadership.org) By Justin Baeder We’ve always known the importance of “getting the right people on the bus,” to borrow a phrase from Jim Collins. As leaders, we each have in mind a picture of the “right” kind of person for our school—the right attitude, the right work ethic, the right interest in […]
Transparent Leadership: Letting Your Lig...
(Originally posted on Communicate, Coach, Care: The Central Purpose) By Bethany Hill Transparency is a new buzz word in the leadership world. Some people are naturally “open books”, sharing anything and everything with the world. Others find it more challenging to reveal parts of themselves. One fact remains about transparency: when we see through or […]