I’ve noticed a group of principals trending on Twitter lately using the hashtag #dadsasprincipals.
Photo by akahawkeyefan – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/25578802@N04
And my friend Daniel Bauer recently interviewed a group of these dedicated dads at last month’s National Principal Conference. You can hear their talk here.
These dads have picked up on the #momsasprincipals movement they saw happening among their female colleagues, and they wanted to encourage one another as dads to stay as invested in their own children as they were to the ones in their schools.
I’ve been thinking a lot about fatherhood this week because my oldest daughter just went to college. Continue reading →
He was gracious enough to allow me to repost the interview here. Here are some takeaways from our conversation:
Why is messaging so important?
In every setting of school, amazing learning and moments are happening every day that not a lot of people know about. In the humility of our service as educators, we are often hesitant to brag about our schools. On a national scale, this has created a crisis with a political landscape that now assumes most schools are failing. How can we make a commitment to celebrating the positives so often that those moment drown out the negative ones? Continue reading →
In this interview, we explore how reflecting on your own mistakes is a powerful way to lead with vulnerability and authenticity.
Jon Harper Bio
Prior to becoming an administrator, Jon served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman’s Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.
Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.
Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.
Jethro Jones is principal of Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Principal Jethro Jones (left) has interviewed over 200 guests for his school leadership podcast
He is also the host of Transformative Principal Podcast. As NASSP’s Principal 2017 National Digital Principal of the Year, he was honored this month at the National Principal Conference in Philadelphia. I’ve known Jethro for years from connecting online and have had the privilege of meeting him in person.
In this podcast conversation, I ask him some probing questions, and we talk about dreams, passions, and goals for school leadership. We explore: Continue reading →
This week’s post is an encore episode I shared a year ago. Have you thought why your time away from school can help you better serve your school?
Photo by 10000 rivets – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/67967301@N02
Regardless of whether someone is an educator or not, or whether your vacation time is long or short, taking time away from work is healthy for a number of reasons. Also, if you listen to then end, I share one of my creative moments with you from a previous vacation: a song and recorded from a trip to Colorado.
School leader and podcaster Danny Bauer shared a conversation with me about his education journey as well as how leaders are collaborating together to keep growing personally and professionally.
Danny “Sunshine” Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools and facilitates weekly mastermind groups to support leadership growth. His podcast has hosted a hundred highly effective school leaders who share best practices for other leaders.
When I was in high school, my dad reenlisted in the Navy and we moved to New York where he was stationed while his ship was in dry-dock.
Photo by dierk schaefer – Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/26480501@N06
For a country boy from West Tennessee, New York was a culture shock. I remember being so afraid to speak because I didn’t want others making fun of my southern accent.
One day I was standing in front of grocery store in Brooklyn when a man stopped to ask me what time it was. I realized I was wearing a watch and he wasn’t. So I just held up the watch without saying a word and let him read the time. Continue reading →
Invisibilia is a fascinating podcast about the invisible forces that affect us without us being aware. In a January 29, 2015 episode, the reporters narrating the episode were talking about a phenomenon known as “entanglement.”
Photo by TonZ – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/96947578@N00
They began by describing a physics experiment where scientists have been able to isolate particle atoms in separate locations, change the motion, and cause the two separate atoms to react to the change at the same time in separate locations.
That’s right. In one experiment, an atom contained in a box four feet away from itself in another box was demonstrating simultaneous responses in both boxes. These atoms are not mirror images of one another; this research suggests that they are one another. Separate but one: a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. Charles Q. Choi from Live Science explains that scientists theorize entangled atoms may stay connected even if a universe a part!
Scientists are able to explain how to make this happen, but they are still unable to explain why this is possible. Continue reading →
One summer when our oldest daughter, Emily, was beginning to run track, she signed up to run her first 5k with her younger sister during the July 4th holiday.
Photo by Josiah Mackenzie – Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/36531501@N00
Unfortunately, our younger daughter ended up unable to run it with her. When I drove Emily to the race downtown to run her race alone, I could tell she was a little overwhelmed with the crowds, the music, and the loudspeakers. This was her first 5K and she looked at me at nervously.
“How about I run it with you?” I asked.
“Can you do that? You’re not registered.”
“We paid for your sister’s registration,” I explained. “And I have her race number. I’ll use it.” Continue reading →
Occasionally my wife will remind me when it’s been awhile since I’ve cleaned out my closet.
Photo by cobalt123 – Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/66606673@N00
So I’ll take time to sort out what I don’t need anymore. I can easily fill a couple of trash bags with items to donate to the local Goodwill store.
Summer break is a great time to “clean the closets” of our schools. I’m not talking about literal closets (which can also be helpful), but I’m talking about issues, priorities, goals, and conversations that have been neglected as you have been finishing a school year.
We just finished another school year at my high school. We wrapped up curriculum standards, graduated seniors and hired new teachers for next year. Many people ask me what I do with my summer break. The short answer is: I prepare for next school year. I often tell others that leading a school is like landing a cruise ship. When you finish one tour, you spend the break restocking for the next launch. Continue reading →