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A Leader’s Most Important Tool? Their Story. – Jeff Krieger

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(Originally posted on Front Office Leadership) By Jeff Krieger   Can meaningful leadership exist without quality communication? Do great communicators always provide great leadership? What comprises a great communicator to you and your campus? Should communication be a priority for campus leaders? Why all the questions about communication? The above is meant to illustrate the […]

Lessons from Outside of Schools – David Hochheiser

Lessons from Outside of Schools  – David Hochheiser

(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 […]

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 […]

Getting Things Done – Breck Quarles

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Does A School Move From Good to Great? – John Falino

How Does A School Move From Good to Great? – John Falino

(Originally posted on On Principal.) By John Falino The beginning of the school year is always an optimal time to engage teachers in some “big picture” thinking. Enthusiasm and energy are at a high as teachers are well rested and optimistic about the possibilities of a new school year. As part of our two-day opening […]

Demand Different – Dr. Robert Dillon

Demand Different – Dr. Robert Dillon

(Originally posted on Principally Speaking.) By Dr. Robert Dillon School leaders, teachers, and those that surround the work of education are in a difficult space. The demands to achieve are higher than ever, and the needs of kids, both academically and in the other spaces of their lives, are growing in intensity and complexity, while […]

Guiding Principles of a Learning Community – Chris Hubbuch

Guiding Principles of a Learning Community – Chris Hubbuch

(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 […]

School Transformation and Trust – Larry Walsh

School Transformation and Trust – Larry Walsh

(Originally posted at Larry Walsh, High School Principal.) By Larry Walsh In schools, trust is like love in a marriage: it bonds people together and makes them strong and effective. Trust in relationships increases security, reduces inhibitions and defensiveness, and frees people to share feelings and dreams. Trust empowers you to put your deepest fears […]