Educational Leadership

The Hidden Gems In Our Schools – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

June in New York is a magical time. Trees in full bloom, tomato plants doubling in size by the day, swimming pools opening, and long nights that make it feel as if someone forgot to turn off the lights as the sun burns bright well past dinner.  Neighborhoods come alive with noise, laughter, and friendship. With the promise of a long summer in the not too distant future, it is easy to forget that a few short weeks ago our…

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On Humility and Confidence – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In the article, “Think You’re Wise in Your Own Eyes? 4 Steps to Develop Leadership Humility,” they discuss the importance of humility in leadership.  The article starts with these thoughts: Leaders who are wise in their own eyes seem to be the ones who get the most attention in our world. They’re the outspoken, big personality, larger-than-life characters who always seem absolutely convinced of their own wisdom despite any evidence to the contrary. They capture the news headlines, private equity…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Lead in the Now – Education Article

“When you finally let go of the past, something better comes along.” – Anonymous There are many reasons why we tend to fall back on what we are either comfortable with or have always done.  For one, comfort tends to be the enemy of growth.  In other cases, the fear of failure of the unknown can derail us from taking the needed risks to implement new and better ideas.  Then there is the most dangerous view in education that the…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Problem With Zeros The Problem With Zeros The dreaded zero. For many students, this number elicits a certain amount of fear and anxiety that all assignments are turned in on time. I, for one, felt this way and made sure that everything was turned in when it was due.  Compliance and following rules, even if I didn’t agree with them, were just natural parts of my view of school.  Unfortunately, the effect does not transcend to…

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The Trust Default – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” At the end of the answer, I always share that ultimately, the decision should be with the teacher as they know their community the best, but here are some things that I wanted people to consider. If you throw a “device” in the classroom without changing any of the teaching and learning, it will be…

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What We Assess Often Drives Teaching – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Thinking out loud so bear with me… An important question that we should ask often; What is the purpose of school?  Is it a means to an end or is there a bigger purpose? If you “teach to the test,” can some skills be learned in that process? Resiliency? Focus? Dedication? I have seen some posts on social media where the instruction is geared to how we do on exams and things like “pep rallies” getting students psyched up to…

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The Thrill Of Victory And The Agony Of Miscommunication – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

“Language can become a screen which stands between the thinker and reality. This is the reason why true creativity often starts where language ends.” ~Arthur Koestler I was feeling a bit dejected. My confidence was suffering as self doubt crept into my mind. It had been a long, yet rewarding month at work that had me working on weekends and long hours during the week. But, this wasn’t what had me down. It was my latest side project. Despite my…

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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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A Principal’s Reflections: Zoning in on Change – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Zoning in on Change Zoning in on Change The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears. – Dan Stevens There are many impediments to the change process. One of the biggest culprits is fear.  Many times, this either clouds our judgment or inhibits our motivation to take needed risks to both challenge and upend the status quo.  In other cases, we might…

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“Leading” often means going first. – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One way you can think about leadership when you are frustrated with others: Why won’t they move forward? A better way to think about leadership when we are frustrated with others: What can I do better to help others move forward? In the first scenario, you are looking for ways to control others. Good luck with that. In the second, you are looking to take ownership of your actions.  That is not only possible, but it can also happen quickly.…

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Educational Technology Guy: Google Dynamic Learning Project Strategy Menu – Education Article

The Google Dynamic Learning Project is a great resource for educators and educational leaders. It helps schools create sustained, system change with support, resources, consulting and coaching and more. One of the components that is very useful to teachers is the Project Strategy Menu. With the PSM, you can review thought-starters for instructional strategies, explore tech tools and start tackling your challenges as an educator. You can search for resources and tools by Challenge Area, Strategy or Tool, and then filter…

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Defining Your Own Journey – The Principal of Change – Education Article

From “The Innovator’s Mindset“: When forward-thinking schools encourage today’s learners to become creators and leaders, I believe they, in turn, will create a better world. That’s my why, and it’s the way, I believe, we must approach the what and the how of our work as educators. Here is the thing…”Forward-thinking schools” don’t just allow teachers to find and create their solutions; they encourage it.  We can all work together toward a broader vision but our pathways as individuals to that destination,…

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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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