A GLN Before My PLN…The Power of Networking

I had a interesting epiphany yesterday while home on vacation, which really reinforced for me the importance of PLNs (Professional Learning Networks) and why they are so valuable.  Indulge me for just a moment as I build some context about my own early experiences with networks and their value in supporting learning. Like most kids, […]

Give More than What is Expected

For the past week and a half, I’ve thought a lot about my last school year.  It seems odd that students have been finished for about a week and a half, yet, I almost feel as though we just started.  In the short time I’ve been done, I have attended ISTE 2016, been home for […]

Why Educate “Whole Children”?

I was recently a finalist for a superintendency in a nearby district, and while responding to questions that were posed to me by the middle school staff during my site visit, I shared a story with them about some students at my current school. During the meeting with these educators, I told them that I […]

The Power of Teacher Led Professional Development: How 700 Educators Learned Together

On November 4, 2014, something pretty amazing happened in the Lexington, Massachusetts schools.  What could have been any other professional development day on any given day in our district or any other school district turned out to be something extraordinary for educators across our school system. Having educators and teachers provide professional learning opportunities for […]

For a Million Dollars, You Could at Least…

It wasn’t long ago that Nancy Atwell, a US eighth-grade teacher from Maine fought off competition from 5,000 educators from across the world to win a one million dollar global teaching award.  I was particularly inspired having begun my teaching career in Maine and having worked in Maine for 15 years. Imagine, winning one million dollars […]

Administrators: Keep Balance in Your Life!

A little over a year ago, I published a blog post on ASCD Edge about what I termed the “Administrative Tightrope”.  The post focused on the need for balance, and how it is very easy to get swept up in the work as a school administrator.  That being said, I also love my work, so […]