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What I Have Learned as a Principal – David Ellena

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(Originally posted on A Principal’s Life.) By David Ellena Today, I had one of those rare moments where I actually sat at my desk and ate lunch. Now, I ate while I was signing checks and about 8 dozen other documents that need an original signature, but still it was a rarity. As I was […]

Why I Want To Be Invisible – Walter Kozlowski

Why I Want To Be Invisible – Walter Kozlowski

(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski   Principals should be visible. This seems to be an agreed upon ideal, to which I also subscribe. However, there are two things I know about being visible as a school leader. First, I will never be able to be as visible as I want to […]

Building Trust – Delegate Results, Not Tasks – Sam Rangel

Building Trust – Delegate Results, Not Tasks – Sam Rangel

(Originally posted on SchoolAdministrationMastery.com) By Sam Rangel I was listening to the EntreLeadership Podcast, and in the episode with Stephen M. R. Covey, Stephen talks about a topic that I believe is so crucial in a school environment – Trust. He has a new book out – The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That […]

Principals and Other Humans – Bjorn Paige

Principals and Other Humans – Bjorn Paige

Originally posted on Skins of Ill Shaped Fishes.) By Bjorn Paige It was simpler as a teacher. In my thirteen years in the classroom making meaningful connections with students was my first priority. Sure, we had books to read and papers to write, but I knew that kids don’t learn from teachers they don’t like […]

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals – William D. Parker

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals – William D. Parker

(Originally posted on Principal Matters.) By William D. Parker School or work environments are like home environments–it doesn’t take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not. Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with OASSP, the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, when we were […]

Gathering Feedback from Staff for Personal Growth – David Ellena

Gathering Feedback from Staff for Personal Growth – David Ellena

(Originally posted on A Principal’s Life.) By David Ellena As we approach the end of the school  year, my thoughts inevitably begin to turn towards the next school year. It is like this every year. I start to look at what went well, what didn’t go so well and things I want to focus on […]

Surviving Tuesday – Walter A. Kozlowski

Surviving Tuesday – Walter A. Kozlowski

(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski   My wife and I usually do not see each other on Tuesday. In fact, we rarely even get a chance to talk. Her shift begins an hour before my day at school ends. I leave the building with barely enough time to pick up one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Belding, Vernon, Rooney – 21st Century Principals? – Dan Butler

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Imagine that you are not an educator, and do me a favor.  Close your eyes and think about what comes to mind when I say one word…principal.  Most of the people that I know outside of the educational field will mention one, if not all three of these names: Richard Belding, Richard Vernon, and Edward […]