Educational Leadership

Creating a Culture of Innovation For All Educators – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Pam Moran to discuss her 43 years of being in education.  Learn not only how to create a positive and innovative culture in your school district but also why it’s important to have the ability to create teachable moments when things don’t go as planned in the classroom. In this episode,…

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Where do you focus your attention for the growth of your organization? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Have you ever done a presentation and get overwhelmingly positive feedback but also get the one negative, snarky comment that you just can’t get out of your mind? We have all been there in some form, and although we know it can be irrational we still get stuck on it.  We can learn from negative comments but we can also get lost in them. You can pay attention to the negative feedback, but you don’t have to dwell on it.…

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The Importance of Not Stepping In – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I had a fantastic opportunity to do a student podcast recently, and although the students were there to ask me questions, I took a lot of time to ask them about their own experiences in school. Honestly, I would rather hear from them and their perspectives than I would talk so I tried to get in as many questions as possible.  It was such a pleasure to connect with these students.We got onto the topic of “empowering” students and why…

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How to Provide Leadership and Direction In Your School District as a Tech Coach – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss the many hats that a Tech Coach wears during the day.  It’s always important to remember that as a Tech Coach you represent not just the teaching staff, but the administrative direction of district policy as well.   In this episode, we discuss: Reflections and reactions What do you do…

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Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. Wondering if you could give me insight?” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so.  If you want someone to be innovative in an area, they are more likely to bring and create powerful ideas in something they are passionate about…

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How Can You Successfully Create A Supportive Community Around Your Podcast? – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff sits down with Danny “Sunshine” Bauer to discuss the importance of building a community around your website, brand, and podcast.  Danny is the author of the book and with his podcast under the same name, he has certainly grown quite an educational community where he teachers educators how to be better leaders. If you…

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Master Teacher, Master Learner – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The comment below is one I received from a teacher on the “Innovator’s Instagram Book Study” going on right now: For some reason, I burst into tears. To know someone has been in the profession for 37 years and is still pushing themselves to grow is a testament to so many great educators who do way more for kids and learning than they will ever be given credit. I have challenged this myth that as teachers get older in their…

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4 Thoughts to Help You Move Beyond Harsh Self-Criticism – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have been reading the “Marc and Angel Hack Life” blog for years, and it always gives me a little mental boost after soaking in some of the ideas. I don’t agree with everything that is written on there but it often makes me think, and the way they write with an emotional connection is powerful. When I read “Don’t Be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself” I appreciated much of the advice, such as, “Don’t be…

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Thoughtfulness To Further Growth – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Some things I have been thinking about… Sometimes being “thoughtful” is used as a stall tactic not to move forward or grow.  We should be thoughtful of all the decisions that we make (obviously), but that thoughtfulness should be focused in the movement forward. This image created by Demetri Martin shows “success” as not only messy, with ups and downs, but always on an upward trajectory. Ownership is crucial for empowerment. There is no “empowerment” in learning without either a)…

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Kids Before Curriculum – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It is when you least expect it that you learn the most, become inspired, invigorated, and motivated to contribute to your field, to make a difference. This happened for me a few weeks ago in the most unlikely of places, a high school classroom during an after school PD session. I had presented on homework, more specifically about how and why I felt our District could better utilize homework to inspire our students as opposed to what it has become…

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The Case for Coaching Leaders – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Case for Coaching Leaders The Case for Coaching Leaders Growing up as a child I played numerous sports recreationally and in high school.  Upon entering high school   I was not the best athlete by any means, but football was one sport where I excelled more than others, and this led to some time playing in college.  Even though I had some fantastic coaches throughout my days playing competitive sports, I never gave much thought to becoming…

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The Importance of Isolation in a Highly Connected World – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I wrote this in  “The Innovator’s Mindset“: Today, isolation is a choice educators make. Our connectivity and learning opportunities have changed in recent years, and, thankfully, many teachers are taking advantage of those changes to benefit themselves and, more importantly, their students. We have access to information and, equally valuable, to each other. We need to tap into that. The quote in bold is one I often share in presentations and recently, after being tweeted out, someone said (paraphrasing), “I…

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5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Accountability for Growth – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Accountability for Growth 5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Accountability for Growth In a world where ideas are a dime a dozen and shared openly on social media, it is incumbent upon all of us to critically reflect and determine if it is, in fact, a sound strategy.  Anyone who reads my blog knows that I am a huge proponent of research-influenced practice, evidence, accountability, and efficacy.  During workshops…

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Finding the Best Ideas Vs. Finding a Winner – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I fell upon Anatol Rapoport‘s rules of constructive argument and debate and found them compelling: How to compose a successful critical commentary: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.” You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement). You should mention anything you have learned from your target. Only then are you permitted…

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The Art and Science of Leadership – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Art and Science of Leadership The Art and Science of Leadership Leadership is far from a science. Many would even argue that it is more of a form of art. Since effective leadership means different things to different people, I wanted to dive a little deeper into this debate to glean a better understanding as to what great leaders do. It consists of a convergence of art and science. Tanveer Nasser shares this perspective: Unlike science,…

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10 Essential Elements Of A Successful Meeting – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

What do we want classes to look like for our students? When I reflect on this question I realize that it is does not have to be the same answer for each teacher; in fact, it should not be the same answer for every teacher. Mrs. Jennifer Harrington, “All in” English Teacher Teachers have different strengths. Teachers have different goals and objectives, teachers have different students with different needs, and, of course, teachers have different styles. Some may be comfortable…

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Challenging Others – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One of the benefits I have of being in education is having an older brother that is heavily involved in the field as well. His feedback to me in the past has been some of the harshest that I have ever received from anyone with little or no filter.  Sometimes it hurts, but it always makes me think and grow.  But there is one thing I know while receiving the feedback; he has my back. The best mentors I have…

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8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue 8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue As a school administrator, I remember always having the best intentions when it came to instructional leadership.  During every summer, my team and I would reflect on the past year and establish a better vision and plan for how we all would collectively work to improve learning.  In theory, we devised ambitious, yet attainable goals during these months, or so we thought. Then reality would…

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What I Want For Our Kids? What Do I Want Our School To Be Known For? – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

This past week was one of those weeks that my wife often warns me about. The ones where I jam pack so much into my schedule that I run from meeting to meeting, event to event, switching gears, changing focus, changing direction, all the while trying my best to make things better. She worries I will burn out, make frivolous mistakes, not focus on family enough, let my inner anger bubble to the surface.  All valid points. I have tried…

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How Can You Successfully Create A Supportive Community Around Your Podcast? – Education Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, Jeff sits down with Danny “Sunshine” Bauer to discuss the importance of building a community around your website, brand, and podcast.  Danny is the author of the book and with his podcast under the same name, he has certainly grown quite an educational community where he teachers educators how to be better leaders. If you…

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Honoring the Past While Moving Toward the Future – The Principal of Change – Education Article

A couple of things that I have been thinking lately: When we say, “We want our students to change the world” or “solve tomorrow’s problems,” I wonder if we are acting like the generation of teachers before didn’t?  A lot of the great things that are being created by people today is because of teachers in the past having the same intentions of teachers’ today.  We have to realize that for the best educators, no matter the generation, the intent…

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