Monthly Archives: May 2016

Speaking Life Into Others

My daughter is thirteen.  She’s is tall, blonde, and beautiful.  More importantly, she is very intelligent, hilarious, kind, thoughtful, and so much fun to be around.  She has made the transition to teenager pretty smoothly.  She struggles, however, as most … Continue reading

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Are you an Innovative Leader?

I’ve worked with many school districts who have implemented a 1:1 initiative.  They have experienced a variation in success.  The success of an implementation isn’t based on the device, the grade levels, or the learning management system.  It all centers … Continue reading

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Why the Business World Needs more Educators

In the past few years, there has been a growing belief (not among educators, by the way) that schools should be treated more like businesses.  I want to counter that belief with one of my own. I think outside industries … Continue reading

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My favorite characteristics in Ed Leaders

I had the privilege of spending the last two days in the schools of Pendergast Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona.  The principals were welcoming, the teachers inviting, and the students’ enthusiasm was invigorating.  The mornings of both days were spent doing site … Continue reading

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Real Leaders Build Relationships

  This is a tough one.  Some say that they don’t want to get to know their employees on a personal basis because they think it would hinder the respect they need as the leader.  I’d argue that the respect … Continue reading

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My Five Favorite Characteristics of Exceptional Teachers

They love their students…even those who are most unlovable. They spend time getting to know their students on a daily basis.  They know that relationships are the foundation for all real learning. They say “yes” more than they say “no”. … Continue reading

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To One of the Greats – a tribute to one of my favorite teachers

The first week of May is always a bit insane in my little town.  For being so small, our town has a booming dance studio, and dance takes over this week as our kids, ages 3-18, get ready for the … Continue reading

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