The $64,000 Question: What Will Your Response Be?

For those that don’t know, The $64,000 Question was a popular TV game show back in the 1950s. It was broadcast between 1955 and 1958. It is spring, and anyone in education knows that it is the season for hiring. Administrators know it, along with department heads, human resource directors, and superintendents. Hiring most often […]

Principals-How Mindful Are You?

My school counselor asked me in the late spring if she could work with our school staff and present at some staff meetings on mindfulness.  I was happy to oblige and provide some small windows of time for her to present, not really giving a lot of thought as to what mindfulness meant to me. […]

Principal Support: Staying Connected to Teachers

This past week, I was very busy working across many projects to get our school ready for opening day on August 30th.  It wasn’t unlike any other week I have had prior to a school opening.  Hallways had multiple pieces of furniture in them, supplies were being unpacked, students were being registered, and the usual […]

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, […]

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 […]