School leaders have a lot on their plates – there are things that just have to get done. Everything that has to be done is about making sure people are safe, have what they need and being nurtured/supported/pushed to do better. The managerial tasks are part of the job but that doesn’t mean we… Read More Beyond the Task
First impressions are huge. While we shouldn’t make judgements about people or situations from a first glance, they are undeniably powerful. I asked teachers to tap into this powerful opportunity by thinking of a saying or message and painting it above their freshly painted door frame. This is an opportunity to form a first opinion… Read More Would YOU Be Inspired to Learn From You?
Our Intervention Specialist and I had to do some home visits recently to check in on students we were pretty sure enrolled in our school this year but we haven’t heard from them, for one reason or another. We had several students to check on. Our conversation became speculative about some of the students we… Read More The Lives We Touch
Two recent conversations have come together for create a profound insight for me and my role as an educator and school leader. First three good friends, Glenn Robbins, Winston Sakurai and Bill Ziegler recommended a book, Leadership Isn’t for Cowards, in a great Voxer chat. This is a book to fire up anyone working with… Read More Conditioned to Kink
I am going to make conscious efforts to.., Replace the word ‘students’ with LEARNERS; Replace the word ‘teacher’ with ‘Facilitator’, ‘Designer’ or ‘Inspiration’; Replace ‘school’ and ‘classroom’ with ‘Learning Environment’, or ‘Home’ or ‘Community’; Give the gift of ‘Yet’ more often’; Let people know its about learners; Reflect on conversations, plans and results intently; Model… Read More Conscious Efforts
Last month, I proudly posted that our Board of Education approved West Rowan Middle to pilot Virtual Learning on Inclement Weather days [here – Teach from Home]. Our B.O.E. created an option for teachers to work at home on snow days by making them optional teacher workdays. We extended that thinking and proposed, and they approved,… Read More Upcoming Virtual Learning Day
I had the pleasure of serving on a panel discussion at Educon 2017 on Sustainability in Education. The other panelists were Samuel Abrams [author and researcher/truth teller], Renee Moore [teacher activist and truthteller] and the legendary Deborah Meier. Below is an embed of the panel discussion [thanks to Educon, Chris Lehmann and the student production team for… Read More #Edcucon 2017