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Surviving and Thriving in the Deep End — Advice for School Principals

The path to becoming the principal of a K-12 school can be a long, slow process. Or sometimes, you suddenly find yourself in the deep end of the pool. Todd Nesloney, an award-winning educator, shared with us his experience going from classroom teacher to school principal. In this 3 minute video he shared with us his most important piece of …

3 Traps That Keep K-12 Principals From Reaching Your Goals

3 Traps That Keep K-12 Principals From Reaching Their Goals

Each September when I ask principals what their goals are for the upcoming school year, many of them talk about wanting to be better instructional leaders.  They want to get into classrooms more often.  They want to use faculty meeting time for professional learning.  They want to have meaningful conversations with faculty about instructional strategies they are using.   However, …

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School Culture that Sucks the Life Out of Learning

In my work with school leaders, I routinely ask them what impact they want to have on their school system.  They frequently say things like this: I want staff to: Feel empowered Not be afraid to take risks Create a collaborative environment Take pride in their work In other words, they want to develop a positive, supportive, collaborative culture. But …

How to Build Great Educator Teams – Tip 4

Educator teams are the engine of any great school. We know, from studying blue ribbon schools, that they have redefined how teams of educators can work more effectively together. What does it mean to “be more effective?”  These groups of educators have clearly defined their purpose, they understand how to communicate well among themselves, define what needs to be done, …