Breaking the Barrier of Educational Apartheid

In writing our book, Simon and I interviewed 22 award-winning principals who had moved their schools from low performing to high achieving.  All of these schools were in areas of high poverty in their communities.  Most people did not expect these students to do well.  In fact, often the biggest challenge for the principals was to get the adults to …

The 4 Cornerstones — An Essential Tool for School Leaders

You may not yet think of yourself as a leader, but whether you’re a dedicated educator, or already a school principals or other school leader, there are specific tools you can use to increase your effectiveness. Today we share a simple technique to help you achieve the vision you have for your school. The 4 Cornerstones can make a significant …

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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, …