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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Revisiting Twitter as Educators

Seven years ago when a very small percentage of educators used Twitter or any sort of social media professionally, I presented my first workshop on the subject with Cathy Higgins, the Director of Technology for New Hampshire at the time. I found out later that a Superintendent in the audience (who I did not know)…

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Voting Speaks Volumes to our Kids

  It has been the most unusual presidential campaign of my life and probably yours. I was an elementary student during the Nixon-McGovern campaign of 1972 when President Nixon was re-elected under the cloud of Watergate only to eventually resign in the summer of 1974. I was in college when President Jimmy Carter was tested…

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Creating Civility

  The fall leaves are changing and it’s near the end of election season. But let’s dial back to 1998 – I was a 37 year old middle school Social Studies teacher navigating how to teach about the embarrassing actions of President Bill Clinton and his White House intern. Steering the classroom conversation so that…

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Kids, Baseball, and Schools

It’s 8 PM during an April vacation week evening and I can actually find a few minutes to reflect and write. Above the glow of my laptop is the brighter glow of my TV displaying the Boston Red Sox playing about an hour and a half south of here at Fenway Park. Baseball has been…

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