Monthly Archives: October 2014

Attention Please, I Have An Announcement To Make

Almost two years ago, I began posting weekly to share ideas for school leaders.

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That choice opened a lot of opportunities for me to collaborate with great educators, connect with people all over the world, and interview some fascinating leaders.

My content is not necessarily new or unfamiliar. Educators have been sharing best practices for years.

But I have continued writing as people keep asking me great questions about leading others. Posting them here has given me a larger platform where I can share those ideas.

So today I have an announcement to make: I want to be able to share these ideas with even more people. So I am in the process of self-publishing a 194 page collection of my thoughts on school leadership. Continue reading

Why Invest In Growing Leaders? 7 Free Resources

Last week I had the opportunity to share with a graduate class of educators studying school leadership.
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We talked for about an hour about essential roles of school leaders, and then I fielded questions from class members for another half hour.

At one point, a class member commented, “It’s obvious you like to invest in the growth of leaders. What motivates you to do so?”

This is the kind of question that takes a while to answer in full. But in part, I explained that I like to invest in growing leaders for three reasons: to support teachers, to support students, and to “redeem” and “repair” school environments.

I believe these are the reasons most of us serve. If you are a school leader, I’d like to take a moment to use these three points as a way to remind you why you lead: Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Our Profession

Across our state, schools have seen shortages in certified teaching applicants.
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The causes for this dilemma are numerous, but instead of focusing on these challenges, I’d like to celebrate some of the young men and women who have answered the call to teach with passion and enthusiasm.

First of all, let me tell you about the teachers in my own building. Continue reading

Learning From Challenges

I remember my first year of teaching when I walked into a boy’s bathroom that was reeking of smoke.

Photo credit: Flickr user Hessa.

Photo credit: Flickr user Hessa.


A couple of boys were standing at the urinals when one of them dropped a lit cigarette at his feet.

I didn’t know his name, but I told him to grab his bag and follow me to the office. All the way there, he was talking.

“I don’t know why you are taking me to the office,” he complained. “It wasn’t me. I don’t know whose it was, but that cigarette wasn’t mine.”

“I saw it drop right at your feet,” I said. Continue reading

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals

School or work environments are like home environments–it doesn’t take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not.

Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with OASSP, the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, when we were each asked to share at least one idea on building positive environments from each of our schools.

It was so encouraging that I wanted to share them with you. Here are 20 ideas from 20 principals to inspire you to try something new in your school or organization (I apologize in advance for any misspellings or mishandled paraphrases): Continue reading