Do you ever have one of those days when EVERYTHING goes right? It’s supposed to rain on your BBQ and the clouds part for sunny with a breeze? No burgers get burnt or fall into the grill and your best friend from high school shows up with a soft pretzel tray? Yeah, that is an awesome […]Read more "When Magic Happens #innovateCVSD"
Is it school’s job to punish students? I think it is safe to say that ANYONE who has been around school age children before (mall, community pool, amusement park, etc) has had the experience of being annoyed or maybe even legitimately wronged by those kids: the rush of blood to the face, the anger […]Read more "There Will Be Blood"
Last week on Thursday we had our #hacklead chat following an awesome Monday night episode of our MOOC with Bryan Brutto (@mrbrutto) about “flattening the walls of school” and telling your classroom/school’s story. The chat was so fun I even got my brilliant and beautiful other half (@211Room) to participate in the chat. We were sitting […]Read more "This Makes Me Uncomfortable #hacklead"
In Episode 2 of our podcast on Hacking Leadership we talked to Mark Blanchard (@ALMVP1980) and he talked about the incredible experience he had co-planning and then ultimately co-teaching as a principal. He inspired me to think about this over the last few days. Coincidently I just read a great post by Katie Martin (@katiemartinedu) […]Read more "A Match Made in Edu-Heaven #hacklead"
Last night I had the pleasure of being star-struck AND a fan-boy at the same time. In real time. From the comfort of my own home! How did this occur you ask? Well, I was fortunate to be invited by Todd @tb2boys and Jessica @peconicooks to be a co-host (more like third wheel) for PASHPERD’s Season 2 MOOC […]Read more "(Re)Learn to Focus on Learning #hacklead"
I can honestly say that I never expected to be writing this post and yes, I had one titled “Lessons In Losing” all ready to go. Why did I have both? I felt that the momentous personal event of the Philadelphia Eagles wining their (and my!) first ever Super Bowl should certainly be highlighted in […]Read more "Lessons In Winning… (Part 1)"
Humility as a leader. Humility as an administrator. Humility as a teacher. Humility as a human being. These are critical in our schools and seemingly more and more rare. How many times have I caught myself making a conversation with a student about how I am impacted by their behavior (assistant principal….. daily!)? How often […]Read more "When it is about you, you’ve already lost."
Recently I was in an after school PD session with a mix of teachers and administration. Not sure how the topic of conflict came up, but a teacher who I’ve known for a long time raised her hand and said, “I used to allow the conflicts I had with adults in my life dominate my […]Read more "Maybe It’s Me? Not You!"
I was asked what my “why” was for participating in a book study about the Innovators Mindset. As a high school assistant principal I am mired in attendance, discipline, and crap. This made my work “supervising” teachers as the part of my job that I looked forward to the most. And this meant I needed […]Read more "Why?"
Read and “retweet” are the two R’s that come to mind. And no, I don’t literally mean you have to use Twitter and retweet. What I mean is that this is the perfect time to engage with posts, blogs, articles, TED talks, discussion boards and whatever else you find while exploring the tremendous resources available […]Read more "Vacation Season? Time for some real R n R!"