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This blog was posted earlier today on - for everyone passionate about education. For more information about this blog site contact @ajjulianiI recently had a phone conversation with @djschon, Director of Professional Learning for School Administrators of Iowa @sai_iowa.  During our chat, Dana made mention of a term I had not heard of before when she referenced how administrators manage their time between their professional responsibilities at work and their personal life obligations.  The term she used was Life-Fit.  “What do you mean by that Dana?” I asked.  “Well, it’s looking at how we as leaders reduce stress by creating an ebb and flow that works for us,” she said.  “Often times the word “balance” carries a negative connotation

I spent the greater part of today catching up on my twitter thread, skimming through hash tags, and reading blogs from the past few days. It didn't take long for me to notice numerous examples of meaningful relationships that have been formed on twitter over the past year. Maybe it is the holiday season or the end of another year that gives us a reason to reflect, but there were certainly a number of tweets and posts giving thanks to others for sharing their knowledge and learning with members of their PLN. Like many of you, I have connected with hundreds of educators this year and would describe each of them as respected colleagues and in many cases, friends. And although I have

This story was originally shared with me yesterday by my Athletic Director Kevin Skillett and his wife Renee.  It is a touching reminder from their nine year-old daughter Katelyn of how we need to sit back sometimes and look at our world through a child’s eyes.  I thought the story was a fitting tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary.  May God bless the victims, their families, and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut.The events of last Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut have left many of our children wondering why?  This story is about my nine year-old daughter Katelyn and how she took our family’s loss as a blessing for those children and adults who are now with our heavenly

I recently committed to writing a post for my friend @ajjuliani on the topic of Intellectual Curiosity. In doing so, I reflected on my own school experience as both an educator and as a student and the role intellectual curiosity plays in the overall learning experience of the struggling student.Over the last twenty years, I have spent a great deal of time working with students who many educators would define as “reluctant learners.”  Others may categorize these same students as apathetic due to their absence of interest or concern about school.  And sadly, some would say that they were incapable of doing work at what we would define as grade level work.  Regardless of how we choose to define our kids, it

I recall reading a post by Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) last summer about how he had been concerned about his school's overall performance on their AP exams. What I admired most was how he and his staff were troubled by their results and instead of blaming the students for their poor performance, they took action.As we know, most high schools across the country work with the College Board to offer some sort of advanced placement opportunities for their students.  I am not proposing that AP is the end all and be all, but there is no denying that over the last 15 years, AP has secured prominence as a gold standard for measuring academic excellence (rigor) as well as a way

It has been two weeks since I wrote and posted my first blog – “A Renewed Sense of Purpose.”  Like many other school leaders who have found a connection through social media, specifically twitter, I was inspired and then encouraged by members of my PLN who had created their own blogs as a way to share their work with other educators.  This included my associate principal Matt Degner (@mwdegner), my former colleague and current principal Jason Markey (@jmarkeyAP), and two exceptionally talented gentleman George Couros (@gcouros) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin).  All of these men were gracious enough to share their time, ideas, and expertise in order to help me expand my work and provide an avenue for sharing and for

Last week I read Bill Burkhead’s (@NormandinBill) blog on building trust and making a difference. As I read his posting I reflected back on a number of interactions I had with students over the years.  Like Bill, I too prided myself on being able to connect with the most challenging and troubled students.  Much had to do with the fact that I myself did not have a positive school experience.  Because of my own experiences, I believe it gave me a better perspective of what our struggling learners face on a daily basis and gave me some insight on how to influence their behavior in a positive way.One of the most successful strategies that I have used over the years