Monthly Archives: August 2014

3 Leadership Takeaways From A Relay Team

Last year I was attending a high school track meet when our school’s 4 x 400-meter-relay team faced a rival team with a runner known as one of the fastest boys in the state.
Our four-man-team actually held the lead until the final leg when the well-known opponent began to burn up the track catching our leader.

Everyone expected him to do what he always did: blow right past him to win.

When he caught the young man from our team, however, suddenly the two became locked in stride.

For the next quarter of the track, they were synchronized in a beautiful, stunning pace of exact motion, posture, and speed. Continue reading

6 Tips For Setting Up School Email Campaigns

Last year one of my team members suggested I start emailing parents regular updates on our school.


Sample of recent email campaign

I started by using a list exported from our student information system.

The effort soon turned into a habit, and I began receiving more positive feedback than I had seen with any other communication effort.

Finding A Solution
Gmail limits one-time sends to 500, and now that my email list has grown to 700+ addresses, I began to find the weekly email becoming more difficult to send using my regular school gmail account. Continue reading

6 Ways To Avoid Making The Wrong Calls

I once knew a teaching couple who told me a funny story.
They lived right across the street from a man who never seemed to go to work.

During their breaks from school, the neighbor always seemed to be home; they would usually see him in cut-offs, working in his yard.

They began to suspect the man was unemployed. Before long they had constructed their own narrative–imagining the sad times that must have led up to this disappointing time in his life. Continue reading

Keeping The Heart Of An Educator

I remember a story a good friend told me about her first year as an assistant principal.
She worked with a teacher who frequently referred the same boy to the office for misbehavior.

Although the boy (I’ll call him Billy) deserved the consequences he received, the teacher was convinced he was impossible to help and really wanted him out of her class. Continue reading