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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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Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our recently-published book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author, Simon T. Bailey, tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.    Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years. …

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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 …

Conversations to Support Students — 3 Simple Skills

Playground fights are resolved and world order maintained using one simple, but underutilized tool … conversation. So, why does something so easy to do often elude us? My son, like many young boys, was always outgoing and chatty. Well, as he’s grown into teenage-dom, it seems conversations have gotten more difficult. This realization hit me hard one morning during a …