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How Do You IGNITE Your Leadership?

How Do You IGNITE Your Leadership?

(Originally posed on DCulberhouse.) By David Culberhouse How Do You IGNITE Your Leadership? Burn your bridges… Or Burn your boats… Two very different ways that leaders create and ignite influence in their organizations and with those they lead. One leaves you with an isolated feeling, while the other has a collaborative tinge to it.  And […]

Top Ten Things to Not Forget as a Principal – Jessica Hanson

Top Ten Things to Not Forget as a Principal – Jessica Hanson

(Originally posted on Love the Learning.) By Jessica Hanson Embarking on a new journey to become the principal of an elementary campus has already had it’s highs and lows and I haven’t even started the school year yet. I have already been faced with tough decisions that required me to “Move people’s cheese” and “Dip […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Steps to Make Successful Change Happen – Matt Parker

Steps to Make Successful Change Happen – Matt Parker

(Originally posted on @DrMattParker) By Matt Parker Here are a few tips for leaders to help make change successful using a real-life example from the school year. 1. Discuss your proposal early and often to gather input from others. 2. Stay focused on the basic idea/goal and don’t get caught up adding a bunch of […]

What Servant Leadership Means to Me – David Geurin

What Servant Leadership Means to Me – David Geurin

(Originally posted on DavidGeurin.com) By David Geurin The traditional idea of leadership was power. Leaders were expected to control and coerce. To make sure that followers were productive and efficient. To enforce policies and procedures. Principals and teachers were praised for ‘running a tight ship’ or ‘keeping their ducks in a row.’ A quiet classroom […]