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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Undeniable Parental Power

The power of our parents is undeniable. My own father Vic was part of my thoughts quite a bit last weekend. Saturday morning I read former Principal and well known speaker/writer Eric Sheniger’s post regarding the enormous role his own parents had in his perspective on leadership. Eric has achieved great success as an educator…

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The Knoster Model and Change in Schools

While on a much needed vacation yesterday in Vermont, the discussion at lunch with one of my nephews centered on the dual role any leader has in keeping the “trains running on time” and finding the time and energy to move the vision forward simultaneously. Excellent leaders can do both but too many of us…

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10 Summer Tips for Principals

Clapping the kids out on the last day of school Summer is a bonus for school administrators. We are given the gift of time to accomplish tasks that simply cannot be completed during the school year commotion. But with adrenaline flowing out of our bodies by the end of June, we have to be careful…

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Tough Conversations

     A teacher who has known me for many years, knows that I appreciate my job because of the energy I receive every day from teachers and students. Yes, Sunday night is not always easy on the soul but once I’m in the building on Monday morning, all is well. I avoid my office…

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The Next Generation of Educators

 Three intuitive educational leaders facilitating the popular live Twitter chat #satchat from ASCD’s Leader to Leader Conference I finally realized something this weekend. I am not remotely part of the “next generation” of educators who are going to change the world and usher in a new renaissance of learning. Their vision is based on a…

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The Power of Quality Principals

    The Queens University of Charlotte Educational Leadership Program has developed an interesting infographic that you can embed on your website and share with others. The collective information presents an optimistic view of Principals: 85% of teachers believe that their Principal is doing an excellent or “pretty good” job.  That’s up 12 points from 1986….

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How Can I Support the Shift?

  During my time in education, our focus in schools has changed dramatically. While our main wheelhouse has always been academics, the laser focus on teaching and learning has never been sharper. In the “old way” we focused largely on intuition to figure out if kids were learning. Now we utilize data to ascertain if…

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Toll Booths and Changing the World

Courtesy of thepennyproject.wordpress.com  My daughter Abby and I were driving together this morning when we passed through the tolls heading onto Interstate 93 here in New Hampshire. We noticed an elderly gentleman manning the tolls, the same person who was present on Christmas Eve when we drove through. Abby conveyed some sympathy for the man…

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This Principal is Thankful for Much

  It’s Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, my entire family is home, we just had a rare meal with the five of us together and I’m feeling…well, pretty thankful. On the professional side of life, my job continues to be challenging like all jobs in education. But there is much that I am thankful for as…

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