Teaching Gratefulness and Compassion

  Routine took a vacation last week. I experienced a “Snow-Day” thanks to an unusual wind/rain storm that hit the Northeast with a few inches of rain and winds as high as 50 mph. We had to cancel school due to impassable roads and we joined the scores of other schools  in New Hampshire with…

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8 Collaboration Tools for Educators

  Educators have a need to collaborate, especially when they work in different locations. My Assistant Principal Amy and I are responsible for two school buildings and we are still experimenting with different collaborative technology options for ourselves. Here are some options if you have the same need: Google Products Many schools are G Suite…

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Unpacking ISTE Standards for Students

ISTE has been championing standards for many years in the midst of an educational standards world that is now emphasizing process over memorization. Tech standards emphasize process by nature and the good news is that ISTE is beginning to unpack their standards and giving resources to educators in order to deliver them in an instructionally…

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Blogging from #ISTE17

  There are two seasons in a Principal’s life that compare easily with the accountant’s tax deadline of April 15: late August and every spring. This is why blog posts are hard to come by during these times. However, as I type this, I am waiting for a flight to San Antonio and my first…

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Adult Digital Distraction

  Recently our school district sponsored the showing of Screenagers, a film designed to highlight the perils of our teen’s overuse of digital devices. It is a compelling film, balancing the positive potential of digital media with the dangers that overuse can play in impressionable teenagers. As a Principal, I occasionally deal with students who…

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Staying Above The Fray

  It is a contrast of great proportions. I’m sitting here on a Saturday in the calm of my home office, three feet from a window with a view of tiny snow flakes slowly making a sideways trek to the ground. Meanwhile, I’m plowing through my task manager in a vain attempt to get caught up on…

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My Mentor, Colleague, and Friend

On this 31st anniversary of the Challenger disaster, I am reposting my words from 6 years ago today. Memories flood back at the most interesting and unpredictable times. Last Sunday I was heading through security at the airport on the way to Washington D.C. for ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy. After pulling my shoes…

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