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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 …

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Break Barriers That Frustrate You — Building Relationships With Skeptics

As principals, we all have struggled with skeptics in our school. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those teachers who are highly experienced, maybe in their 25th or 30th year of teaching. They are well-versed in their content area. They manage classroom discipline well. They are committed to their students, who generally do well in state testing. So what’s …

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Cowboys, Llamas and Leaders in Education

When you live on a farm and partner with a city guy, you’re just inviting all kinds of creative comments.  That’s what happened when Simon and I were invited to be guests on Teachercast — a podcast for educators. You’ll enjoy this high-spirited video podcast where we discuss how school principals can influence everyone in the school, so that the …

Building Relationships for Stronger Schools

When most people think about schools, they picture a building with kids, teachers, and in some cases, sports. They don’t think much about the less obvious things that determine how staff, students, parents, and local businesses see the school. In reality, the success of the school depends on relationships of many kinds. There are, of course, relationships between teachers and …