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The Most Dangerous Phrase in Education – Bethany Hill

The Most Dangerous Phrase in Education – Bethany Hill

(Originally posted on Communicate, Coach, Care: The Central Purpose.) WARNING!!!! You are about to be exposed to a highly dangerous and contagious phrase. These words, when used together in a sentence, can be toxic to others, and cause damage that can take years to repair. Hold your breath, grit your teeth, and read the phrase […]

You Better Stop…Make Mistakes…and Listen! – Jessica Hanson

You Better Stop…Make Mistakes…and Listen! – Jessica Hanson

(Originally posted on Love the Learning.) By Jessica Hanson From August 21st, 2014: “This week I am having my teachers write letters to themselves. The prompt is: “I want to teach somewhere that….” They are to return them to me, signed and sealed. I am not going to read them. At some point in the […]

Leading Change in Education – Chris Wooleyhand

Leading Change in Education – Chris Wooleyhand

(Originally posted on Common Sense School Leadership) By Dr. Christopher Wooleyhand The process of leading change in education is complex and challenging.  John Kotter is recognized as an expert on the topic of leadership and change.  He wrote Leading Change in 1996, which Time magazine selected as one of the 25 most influential business management […]

4 Steps a School Administrator Can Take to Inspire Others to Grab an Oar and Row – Sam Rangel

4 Steps a School Administrator Can Take to Inspire Others to Grab an Oar and Row – Sam Rangel

(Originally posted on School Administration Mastery.) By Sam Rangel Beyond the horizon, across the vast expanse of the ocean, the captain envisioned a new world. He was certain that a better world existed, but he just needed to get there. He knew he couldn’t get there without some help. As strong as he was, and […]

They Didn’t Teach Me That – Walter A. Kozlowski

They Didn’t Teach Me That –  Walter A. Kozlowski

(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski I recently posted to Twitter that I was wondering whether Parking Lot Management should be a topic included in school administrator preparation programs. The comment seemed to resonate with a few people and it led me to thinking . . . what else do school administrators regularly […]

Lessons Learned From Hollywood Movies – Steven Weber

Lessons Learned From Hollywood Movies – Steven Weber

(Originally posted on ASCD EDge) By Steven Weber   There are several movie quotes which provide food for thought. These are some of my favorite quotes that apply to teaching and learning. As an educator, we must strive to improve daily. When we stop learning and growing, we will no longer have the ability to […]

Personal Regard: Why Being Gruff Isn’t Worth It – Justin Baeder

Personal Regard: Why Being Gruff Isn’t Worth It – Justin Baeder

(Originally posted on Eduleadership.) By Justin Baeder The principalship is tough work, so it’s no surprise that it both attracts tough-minded people and makes people tougher over time. It makes sense to be increasingly realistic and pragmatic as you gain experience, but too often we forget a key element of effective leadership: personal regard. Our […]

Rethinking Professional Development: 5 “Musts” For School Leaders – John Falino

Rethinking Professional Development: 5 “Musts” For School Leaders – John Falino

(Originally posted on On Principal.) By John Falino Establishing a strong system for teacher learning and professional growth is now a “basic” responsibility for all school leaders at all levels. Given the radical changes and new innovations that continue to come our way, the need for strong instructional leaders who are creative, model best practice, […]

People Want a Boss – Michael Smith

People Want a Boss – Michael Smith

(Originally posted on Michael Smith’s Principal’s Page) By Michael Smith It is definitely that time of year. And not just for resumes and countdowns (spring break and end of the year). Schools districts are in the process of hiring administrators for next year. More people will be joining me in this challenging profession (notice I […]

The Power of Branding – Joe Sanfelippo

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(Originally posted on FC Superintendent.) By Joe Sanfelippo When is the last time something amazing happened in your classroom?  I’ll help you out…the last time you had kids in your classroom and they were engaged in learning, it was amazing.  To think that we have people in this world that have the skill level to […]

#Leadership: If everyone is happy, then you’re not doing it right… – Dr. Justin Tart...

#Leadership: If everyone is happy, then you’re not doing it right… – Dr. Justin Tarte

(Originally posted on Life as an Educator.) By Dr. Justin Tarte So, we’ve all heard the saying or a variation before… ‘If somebody isn’t upset with you, then you must not be doing anything.’ Leadership is one of those things that a lot of people think they are good at and think they understand. The […]

A Lead Learner Manifesto – Dr. Robert Dillon

A Lead Learner Manifesto – Dr. Robert Dillon

(Originally posted on Principally Speaking.) By Dr. Robert Dillon As facilitators of learning, we are dedicated to providing our students with the learning experiences that they need. We recognize that the resources and materials available to students for learning are growing and expanding at ever increasing rates. This requires us to think different, act different, […]

The Interview Question We Should All Be Asking – Michael Wirtz

The Interview Question We Should All Be Asking –  Michael Wirtz

(Originally posted on Our Work, Their Education.) By Michael Wirtz As I have written previously, January and February are busy months for those of us in independent schools with hiring responsibilities. Having spent the last two days at one of the largest independent school hiring fairs in the country, I was immersed in the world […]

What Can We Accomplish Together? – William D. Parker

What Can We Accomplish Together? – William D. Parker

(Originally posted on Principal Matters.) By William D. Parker The European Space Agency’s historical comet landing of the space craft Rosetta last week has my head spinning. First of all, imagine organizing a team of scientists and space engineers who design and launch a space craft with the goal of intersecting with a comet 500 […]

Who Should Plan, Design and Lead Teacher PD? – Pam Hernandez

Who Should Plan, Design and Lead Teacher PD?  –  Pam Hernandez

(Originally posted at Education, Leadership and 21st Century Pedagogy.) By Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez “There’s got to be a better way to do professional development of teachers than to talk down to them and bore them to death.”  -Peggy McIntosh, Founder SEEDS Project District offices have traditionally dedicated personnel resources with previous classroom experience to spearheading teacher […]