Why I Lead

This is the beginning of my fourth year of owning my own business. Before that, I was district administrator and prior to becoming the district’s curriculum director, I taught 2nd grade. Some might say that I’m still in the beginning stages of my leadership role, but I would argue that I have been leading my

How do you prepare for change?

Change is hard to prepare for.  I think the most we can do to prepare is to be open-minded, and attentive. Much of my work is centered around helping others plan for change, implement change, or sustain change. The way I help them do this varies depending on the culture, the vision, and the foundations

SC Midlands Summit Sessions

I’m excited to be back at the SC Midlands Summit this year to present on Leadership, Blended Learning, and Change Management.  Below are the links to my sessions’ slide decks. As always, I value your feedback! Leadership Lessons Anyone Can Learn: All educators are leaders! This session will be high-energy and interactive, exploring how to take

Three Points of Impact for Lasting Transformational Change

I’ve been getting many congratulatory messages on LinkedIn to mark the three year anniversary of my consulting business. This milestone has given me a reason to reflect on the past three years and all that I’ve learned through the process. “Transformational change is generally misunderstood. Unlike transitional and incremental change that are outcome focused, transformational

Advice for businesses wanting to utilize virtual learning solutions

I have been asked what advice I would give to businesses who would like to utilize virtual learning solutions in their delivery methods. This is a dangerous question to ask a teacher unless you want the honest answer. Continuous learning is a phrase heard among professionals of varied roles. Most of the time these experiences

The Power of Passionate Practice

I was a classroom teacher for fourteen years. I enjoyed the work and genuinely cared about my students. What I didn’t realize was that I was slowly approaching the burn-out phase. It wasn’t until I became the district’s curriculum director that my passion for education was reignited, alerting me to the fact that the fire

Four “Emerging” Trends in Education

I have often heard the adage, “In education, what’s old is new again.” While this is true of some initiatives, I’ve been in education long enough to know these strategies are improved upon as they come around each time. I also know that there are definite emerging trends that are completely new to the world

Tackling Top Leadership Practices

I have had the pleasure of working in over thirty different school districts in two different countries over the past nineteen years. Those experiences, coupled with my passion for student-driven educational environments and strong leadership practices are what fuel my work today. One chief aspect of my work is to work one-on-one with leaders coaching

The Leadership Evolution

I have been spending some time recently talking with leaders, picking their brains a bit. Because I’m a firm believer that good leadership is good leadership regardless of industry, I haven’t limited these conversations to educational leaders only. A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking with Mark Ackley, Executive Vice President

The New Normal

I’m not a big fan of the term “21st Century Skills”. I mean, we are nearly two decades into the 21st century. Shouldn’t those skills just be called learning? I also don’t love the phrase, “but that’s how we’ve always done it.” I don’t advocate change just for the sake of change, but I also

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