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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal – George Couros

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(Originally posted on The Principal of Change) By George Couros #147205418 / gettyimages.com   I am so intrigued with the number of people that are jumping into principal positions as I think it is truly one of the best jobs in the world.  It is also one of the toughest.  Isolation within a school (even […]

What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? – Dan Butler

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(Originally posted on Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat.) By Dan Butler Over the past few years, I have attended a number of retirement parties for teachers, administrators, and support staff members.  Within these gatherings, I have interpreted a common theme from the comments and speeches centered around what type of legacy has been left […]

Steps to Upgrade your Hiring Process – Dr. Matt Parker

Steps to Upgrade your Hiring Process – Dr. Matt Parker

(Originally posted on @DrMattParker) By Matt Parker As a school administrator, it is a source of stress and opportunity when a job comes open in a school (or any organization). We suffer from the loss of an employee, but we also have a chance to enhance our organization by gaining special attributes in a new […]

Ten School Leadership Lessons Inspired by The Godfather – Chris Wooleyhand

Ten School Leadership Lessons Inspired by The Godfather – Chris Wooleyhand

(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 […]

Goldilocks Leadership: A Balance of Hard and Soft Skills – Bethany Hill

Goldilocks Leadership: A Balance of Hard and Soft Skills – Bethany Hill

(Originally posted on Communicate, Coach, Care: The Central Purpose) By Bethany Hill We all know that in order to be successful in roles where networking with others is a necessity, there must be a fine balance between using technical knowledge to know what needs to be accomplished  along with the emotional intelligence regarding the people […]

Leaders Develop Leaders – Steven Weber

Leaders Develop Leaders – Steven Weber

(Originally posted on ASCD EDge) by Steven Weber Do you remember your first year in the classroom? It was an adrenaline rush everyday! We wanted to change the world, inspire students to become great, support struggling students, establish our own reputation as an excellent teacher, and earn the respect of our colleagues. I would not […]

Trust – The Crucial Glue for Reform and Transformation – Beate PLanche

Trust – The Crucial Glue for Reform and Transformation – Beate PLanche

(Originally posted on Building our Learning Capacity Through Creative Collaboration.) By Beate PLanche. We use the words trust, trustworthiness and trusting rather easily in our conversations with others as we think about how to move things forward in our schools.    Do we have a shared understanding of how to build it?   I have experienced […]

What Are Your Leadership Rules? – David Ellena

What Are Your Leadership Rules? – David Ellena

(Originally posted at A Principal’s Life. ) A few weeks ago, I read a blog post about rules for leadership. It challenged me to think about the rules that are important to me as a school leader. What are the things that I believe in that guide my actions and decisions as a principal. I actually […]

The Envy of Every Nation – Dr. Eric D Knost

The Envy of Every Nation – Dr. Eric D Knost

(Originally posted on Eknost’s Blog.) By Dr. Eric D. Knost In Education, Poverty Matters. It’s Not An Excuse, It’s a Necessary Conversation. 46 Million Americans live in poverty. Research has identified extraordinary disparities in the vocabulary and messages impoverished children are exposed to compared to their more affluent peers. The result? A large percentage of […]

Seven Questions to Guide Decisions of an Educational Leader – David Geurin

Seven Questions to Guide Decisions of an Educational Leader  – David Geurin

(Originally posted on DavidGeurin.com) By David Geuring Over the years I’ve had some great mentors in education that have helped me to be a better decision-maker. I realize a leader’s decisions impact the school and the students. Therefore, I recognize the great responsibility I have to make wise and thoughtful decisions. Of course, I often […]

How the Administration Lost Their Most Amazing Teacher – Sam Rangel

How the Administration Lost Their Most Amazing Teacher – Sam Rangel

(Originally posted on SchoolAdministrationMastery.com) By Sam Rangel She was the most amazing teacher I had ever known. Her name wasn’t Diane, but that’s what I’ll call her. Diane was so full of enthusiasm. She was always smiling, and she never had a negative word to say about any student or about another teacher. She loved […]

How To Hire Amazing People (Even In Tough Schools) – Justin Baeder

How To Hire Amazing People (Even In Tough Schools) – Justin Baeder

(Originally posted on Eduleadership.) By Justin Baeder I have friends who work in high-needs schools that are overwhelmingly staffed with first-year and second-year teachers. While a school might occasionally find itself in this position, I’m convinced that it must not become a recurring situation. Justice demands that we staff all of our schools with a […]

Make it a Priority to Stay Engaged All Year Long – David Ellena

Make it a Priority to Stay Engaged All Year Long – David Ellena

(Originally posted at A Principal’s Life. ) By David Ellena As a new year begins, hopefully we have all set goals and determined things that we will do better this year than last. I know I have. I always say that I am going to spend more time in classrooms (is there ever a time […]

Six Reasons to Make Walkthroughs a High Priority – Walter A. Kozlowski

Six Reasons to Make Walkthroughs a High Priority – Walter A. Kozlowski

(Originally posted on Servant Principal.) By Walter A. Kozlowski Sign posted to my office door. An eighth-grade student sitting outside my office nodded toward chart on the wall and asked, “What’s that?” I explained to him that it is how we keep track of the classrooms we have visited. His response: “That’s cool.” For years, I was […]

Power: Embrace it, Respect it, and Seek it in Others – Kenneth Durham

Power: Embrace it, Respect it, and Seek it in Others – Kenneth Durham

(Originally posted on Ripples of Change.) By Kenneth Durham I recently wrote about Climate and Culture and for Leadership Day 2014 I would like to expand on these ideas and share what I have newly learned about Power. Leadership is a group phenomenon that occurs when two or more people interact, and an individual or […]