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What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? – Dan

(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 […]

Ten School Leadership Lessons Inspired b...

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...

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

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 […]

The Envy of Every Nation – Dr. Eric D Kn

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...

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 To Hire Amazing People (Even In Toug...

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 […]

Six Reasons to Make Walkthroughs a High ...

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 […]