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If It’s A Contest, I’d Rather Play Offense – Dr. Eric D. Knost

If It’s A Contest, I’d Rather Play Offense – Dr. Eric D. Knost

(Originally posted on Eknost’s Blog.) By Dr. Eric D. Knost I have been an educator my entire adult life. I have lived and breathed education as I worked with kids in one capacity or another through multiple decades. Just like anything else, when you live something long enough, it becomes part of you. It becomes […]

Advice for First Year Principals – Jessica Cromer

Advice for First Year Principals – Jessica Cromer

(Originally posted on Mrs. Cromer: Leading and Learning.) By Jessica Cromer Whoa, what’s that in your newsfeed?  A new blogpost from @MrsJCromer?! Its only been since February people, don’t be so surprised. I’ve been just a little busy with my first year running a school and have not been the best blogger.  But have no […]

The Speed of Innovation – David Steward

The Speed of Innovation  – David Steward

(Originally posted on One Administrator’s View.) By David Steward Recently, I was fortunate to engage in a chat on Twitter that accompanied a local district beginning to discuss innovation and change for their kids.  The chat was extremely interesting (check out #ImagineSPS to see the discussion) and got me reflecting on change, innovation, and specifically […]

Leadership Tip: When to be a Cheerleader, When to be the Coach – Dr. Matt Parker

Leadership Tip: When to be a Cheerleader, When to be the Coach – Dr. Matt Parker

(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 […]

Compliance or Commitment? – Dan Butler

Compliance or Commitment? – Dan Butler

(Originally posted on Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat.) By Dan Butler A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation about instructional coaching with an educator outside of my district.  We were talking about the coaching model that we utilize in Western Dubuque, and how we have implemented this in the past seven months. […]

Major League Communication – Walter A. Kozlowski

Major League Communication – Walter A. Kozlowski

(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski     I recently read a description of a miscommunication between a major league starting pitcher and the team’s manager. Following the completion of the sixth inning, with ninety-nine pitches thrown, the pitcher assumed he was done for the day. The manager, however had other plans. […]

What is Your Story? – Douglas Elmendorf

What is Your Story?  –  Douglas Elmendorf

(Originally posted on ASCD EDge.) By Douglas Elmendorf “You are not merely here to make a living.  You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world.  You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” – […]

Top 10 for New Principals – Julie Trepa

Top 10 for New Principals – Julie Trepa

(Originally posted at Leadership that Matters) By Julie Trepa I remember my first day on the job as an administrator.  I had just been hired as an associate principal for a middle school of approximately 1,200 students; it was July 1, and I couldn’t wait to get my feet wet.  I walked into my office […]

Flipping Staff Meetings The Why, How, and What to Get you Started – Amy Arbogash

Flipping Staff Meetings  The Why, How, and What to Get you Started – Amy Arbogash

Going into my 15th year as a teacher, I have been through a lot of staff meetings. This may surprise you, but they are not a highlight of my job. In fact, I never found them particularly helpful in my practice. Most of the information in typical staff meetings I have sat through could have […]

If You’re Ever Trapped Behind a Door, I have an Ax – by Bjorn Paige

If You’re Ever Trapped Behind a Door, I have an Ax – by Bjorn Paige

Originally posted on Skins of Ill Shaped Fishes.) By Bjorn Paige There is a big ax in my office, red handled, heavy, the kind a firefighter might swing. It lies next to a duffle bag of emergency supplies (bandages, rope, flashlights) and reminds me that part of being a site administrator is being ready for […]

Teacher Voice: The Secret Ingredient in Successful Schools – John Wink

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(Originally posted on Lead Learning with John Wink) By John Wink As a singer who loved music so much that I majored in it, I have never had a problem making my voice heard.  It takes very little muse for me to share my gift with others.  All I need is a tune in my […]

Avoiding Bear Traps – Chris Hubbuch

Avoiding Bear Traps – Chris Hubbuch

(Originally posted on Inquiry to Results.) By Chris Hubbuch Little could be more painful that being in the clutches of a bear trap. Just thinking about that word is enough to conjure thoughts of oversized metal blades clasping the limb of an unsuspecting animal or hunter. I like to use the term “bear trap” to […]

9 Leadership Lessons Learned as a Conductor – Larry Walsh

9 Leadership Lessons Learned as a Conductor – Larry Walsh

(Originally posted at Larry Walsh, High School Principal.) By Larry Walsh Raised in the Seattle area, I have been a professional musician since my teens. I have directed award-winning High School Bands, musicals and community orchestras. My expertise in percussion and keyboard have allowed me to perform throughout the United States with orchestras, jazz and rock […]

Recognizing Your Teacher Rock Stars – Thinking Out of the Box – Sam Rangel

Recognizing Your Teacher Rock Stars – Thinking Out of the Box – Sam Rangel

(Originally posted on SchoolAdministrationMastery.com) By Sam Rangel I just finished Dave Ramsey’s book, EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, and I plan on reading it again. It is filled with so many great ideas of how to lead effectively. It’s primarily for business owners, but as with many of the “business […]

The Principalship: What’s Most Important – John Falino

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(Originally posted on On Principal.) By John Falino I wrote a post over a year ago on the Principalship and the most important aspects of the position. As I move further along into my fourth year, the position continues to be multi-faceted, fast moving, and ever-changing. Simply put, no one day is ever the same. […]