Tag Archives: professional development

Why do people do it?

Earlier this week I was getting some time with my girlfriends and they asked me where I was traveling to this week for work. I explained that I got to be fairly local and was attending the Hoosier Educational Computer … Continue reading

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Feeding the Fire: Finding The Key To PD and Your Passion

What sets your soul on fire? What are you so passionate about that people can tell by the look on your face and the sound of your voice when you are talking about it? Professionally, my short answer is education. … Continue reading

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All of us are works in progress

When I started teaching, our evaluations had three categories: Excellent, Satisfactory, and Needs Improvement. Then, there was a list of characteristics and behaviors with check boxes next to it. I’m pretty sure I never received a mark less than Excellent. … Continue reading

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The Light of Learning: Why Leaders Need to Light the Path

Great leaders have many common qualities and I am  fortunate to work with many of them in numerous districts across the country (and one outstanding director in Mexico). What I find over and over again is the best educational leaders … Continue reading

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Navigating the Unfamiliar

I am what you might call a frequent flyer. I have flown in and out of many different airports for my work and traveled internationally numerous times in the past for vacations. But none of those experiences prepared me for the … Continue reading

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Professional Development is a Team Effort

I am not an introvert.  I don’t just go up to random strangers and start conversations, but I am definitely no introvert.  I love hanging out with my family and friends, but I’m mostly energized by spending time with other … Continue reading

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How do we sustain lasting change?

Change management is a a common phrase.  So is the adage, “Don’t keep doing something just because it’s the way we’ve always done it.”  So, let’s assume you are leading a group, school, district, or company through a change.  What … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Increase Innovation

  “Research shows 52 percent of employees are frustrated at work because leaders don’t support their ideas or empower their creativity.”  This statement was in the beginning of an article written by Michelle Smith.  I know that I have been … Continue reading

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My Experiences as a Learner

I truly am a lifelong learner.  I’m someone who loves to learn new things (as long as they interest me).  I go to as many professional conferences that I can.  I am on Twitter and LinkedIn every day reading great … Continue reading

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To Follow or Not To Follow (not really the question)

I joined Twitter in 2011 when I moved from teaching to district administration.  I did a lot of lurking in those early days.  I loved the fact that I could jump on Twitter for 15 minutes and get some great, … Continue reading

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