Developing and Facilitating Leadership

3 Ideas for Dealing with “Pushback” on Your Ideas in Education – The Principal of Change – Education Article

On the #Drawn2Teach book study happening now over on Instagram, Josh Stumpenhorst asked the following question: Here was the response I gave on Instagram: Instead of answering this question with the idea that had pushback (because I have had a ton), I want to focus more on answering what I have shifted my thinking on for this context. First of all, assume positive intent of the other person you are working within education. If you think you are the only…

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8 Characteristics of the #InnovatorsMindset (Interview Questions for Administrators) – The Principal of Change – Education Article

  I was asked the following question from Kim Powell on Twitter: @gcouros If you were on an interview committee for HS principal, what questions would you ask to look for an #InnovatorsMindset? Great opportunity to move forward and would love your expertise ! #leadership — Kim Powell (@kimpowelledtech) May 8, 2019 Although I had written a post more focused on interview questions for teachers, I had not done one specific to administrators. Below, I have created questions that might…

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Say Less, Heard More – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I learned a lot from my time as a basketball referee. It taught me to think quickly under pressure and how to de-escalate disagreement on the fly.  Humility and confidence were necessary, and I learned those traits are more interconnected than we give them credit. I remember before one game, we were talking about the coaches and I distinctly remember my partner sharing something with me about one of the coaches.  He said, “The coach is really quiet, but if…

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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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Celebrating the Success and Differences of Others #LEAPEffect – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As I was re-reading, “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation” by Elisabeth Bostwick (published by Impress Books), this passage stuck out to me and was one that left me feeling uncomfortable as I know it happens far too often: Matthew and his building principal were close as colleagues, and they shared a similar philosophy of education. The more Matthew’s career blossomed, however, the more strained their relationship became. From Matthew’s perspective, it seemed that his principal resented his…

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20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019 – The Principal of Change – Education Article

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going. – Chantal Sutherland Learn to say ‘no’ to…

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The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “Different Schools for a Different World,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. They are the following: 1.  Higher-level thinking: The shift from an overwhelming emphasis on lower-level-thinking tasks, such as factual recall and procedural regurgitation, to tasks of greater cognitive complexity, such as creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication and collaboration. In other words, this shift asks students to live more often on the upper levels of…

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Are you focusing on the race or the training? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have run a few marathons in my life in what seems like an eternity ago. They are as much a challenge to the mind as they are the body as any negative thought that you might have will creep into your head on a long run. After completing a marathon, someone said to me, “I can’t believe that you ran a marathon…That seems incredibly hard.” My response at the time was that the marathon was easy; the training was…

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