Lessons from the Red Sox

It’s hard not to focus on the Boston Red Sox when they are one win away from winning the World Series. It’s frankly heartwarming to see such intellectuals I respect such as A.J. Dionne and Atul Gawande exclaim their love of the Sox on Twitter:      So, as long as we are losing sleep…

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Sharing, Collaboration, and Caring

I’m on the plane heading to Washington D.C. on a circuitous route to Portland, Oregon to present at the IntegratED conference sponsored by OETC.  I’m sitting next to a young mom and her one-year old daughter in a very cramped space. I think she’s relieved that I work with kids. I’m honored to be asked…

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I Need A Snow Day!

While I love my job, like many of you, the paperwork and to-do list gets a bit heavy at times. I share the credo with many of my Principal friends that a school leader really shouldn’t use school time to catch up on paperwork. When the kids are in the building 8 AM-2:35 PM, I…

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Good to Great Administrators

Growing older certainly contributes to one’s desire to think philosophically. The older I get, the more I realize it’s not good enough to simply contribute – one must push hard enough to go from “good to great”. This is not a new concept. My latest inspiration comes from a Grant Wiggins post as he outlines seven…

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Lincoln the Leader

I have been fascinated by Lincoln since middle school when I became interested in his last days and specifically the controversy surrounding his assassination. (Did you know there’s revisionist historians who believe that his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was behind his death?) Tonight I went to the movies with my three kids and my…

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The Principal’s Office

A few years back I was standing near a parent as we were watching our students enter the building first thing in the morning. As her son walked by, I said hello to him by name and the parent gasped and said, “how did you know my son’s name?” She proceeded to say that I…

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Poking Holes in the Insulation

Most of us live in an insular society – we function quite well within our little worlds. Our daily routines keep us secure and when life throws us off a bit, our insulation allows us enough security to deal with the changes. This is certainly true in my chosen profession. I am blessed to work…

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Slowing Down

I am by nature, a bit driven. I tend to move fast, talk fast and relaxing has never been a forte. When I record podcasts, begin a staff meeting, or present in front of an audience,  I often place a piece of paper in front of me that says “slow-down”. I have a hand-made sign…

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15 Tips for the New Principal

This is the season of new beginnings. Administrators search for novel ways to inspire their staffs and balance exciting initiatives and necessary mandates into a vision that will move a faculty. But for many educators, it is their first taste of the Principalship as they receive an endorsement from a School Board and Superintendent to…

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