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Every so often someone in my PLN will reach out to me to discuss a potential new job. Of course, I am always flattered anytime someone seeks my advice on something I understand is near and dear to their heart.  We have all been there and quite frankly, many of us will be there again.  For those who have held a single job or position for as long as you can remember, I am genuinely happy for you as long as you love what you do and couldn’t envision doing anything else. Interestingly enough, for whatever reason, I have spoken privately with eight different people in the last month who are struggling with the very question many of us have contemplated

I still remember the day my baseball coach stopped by my house to pick up my uniform.   I had quit the team out of frustration because I wasn’t playing as much as I thought I should be.  I had been successful at every level I had played and was the starting center fielder and lead-off hitter for our varsity team until an injury took me out of the line-up.  I didn’t want to quit, but as a 17 year old kid I lacked the social emotional skills and maturity to work through this low point in my life on my own.  After all, I was healthy again and felt I deserved to have my starting spot back, but instead, I

Over the past two weeks I have been a part of several conversations with teachers, students, parents, principals, and aspiring administrators about the challenges that come with being a building principal.  The conversation caused me to reflect on the work we do on a daily basis as building leaders and to determine what is it exactly that causes others to say, “I would never want your job.” The truth is I am worried about the long term impact of potential principal candidates because of the perception that is often associated with the work that we do. These perceptions lead others to believe that being a principal is not worth it and that makes me sad.  We need to combat this perception

On the shelf behind my desk is a sign that reads…..”No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”  That sign has stood by me for twenty-two years, traveled to three different cities, and weathered countless looks from me after some very challenging conversations.  This past week I received an email from an old friend of mine who I had not heard from in over fifteen years.  That friend was my mentor, the principal who not only helped me earn my first assistant principal job, but the one who gave me the sign and those personal words of wisdom which have carried me through many lonely moments when I sat alone at the end of a long night and questioned my decisions. This morning

Have we reached the point where we are content with the status quo?  The thought of this scares me on so many levels; what it means for our kids, for our schools, and ultimately for our communities.  Lately I have been asking teachers and school leaders alike where in their organizations does average exist? What I admire about educators everywhere is that they are willing to not only admit that yes, average exits in their schools, but more often than not they point to themselves first when identifying the areas where average lives.  Recently I had an interaction with a principal who admitted to me, “I know I did an average job evaluating teachers this year.”  I could tell he

In 1995 I had the good fortune to hear Rick DuFour speak at a conference on the topic of PLC's.  As a first year assistant principal I can still remember being completely moved by his words.  He spoke passionately and with a sense of purpose and spirit that I remember thinking I would work for this man for free.  He made that type of impact on me. In fact, his keynote inspired me to write the following three words down in my notebook that eventually would become the mantra for the way I hoped to inspire others to lead - with a sense of passion, purpose, and spirit. Eventually I added the word pride to this list when I took