Create a Culture of Performance

Every organization creates goals and strategic steps to move them towards achieving their goals. What is rare are the organizations that repeatedly go through this process and are successful every year. The successful organizations have something that the others do not have. They have a culture of performance and success. Success is what separates the top from the bottom and when it is ingrained in your culture you are destined…

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3 Essentials for High-Quality Teaching

Every student deserves access to curriculum and instruction that is consistent and effective. I often ask teachers on my campus to reflect on their implementation of effective instructional practices. Doing so requires a certain level of vulnerability and discomfort but is essential to ensuring that all students learn. Asking teachers to be vulnerable and take risks requires administrators to take an approach of learning to power with as opposed to…

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18 Walkthroughs Is Not Enough

Eighteen walkthroughs in a week. The hard part was providing meaningful feedback. I set a goal this week to get eighteen walkthroughs in and provide teachers with meaningful feedback on their instructional practice. I knew that this was an audacious goal, but I knew that I would be a better leader even I didn’t achieve it. I’ve always believed that striving for greatness makes us all better so, I took…

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Back to School: Sometimes We Are All Middle Schoolers

Another first day of school is in the books. We greeted students with a walk down the red carpet as Paparazzi took their photo behind the news Banner. The kids had an absolute blast. This didn’t stop us from having a few students who were overwhelmed by the whole experience. Our goal was to make every student feel welcome and special on their first day of school. Mission accomplished…mostly. Back…

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Why You Should Build A Twitter PLN

A Twitter Professional Learning Network (PLN) can do great things for your professional learning. A few years ago, I didn’t understand the impact that building a network of fellow educators online could have on my professional practice as a leader. I was primarily focused on face to face networking. What a difference two years can make. My Twitter PLN has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. For…

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3 Ways to Create Student Buy-In

Student buy-in is one of the many focal points for school teachers and administrators every year. Students have many things competing for their attention; i.e. video games, sports teams, television, outside activities, and friendships are a few of things drawing attention from kids. These attention grabbers do a great job of providing kids with a sense of connection that schools seek to create as well. Creating a strong sense of student buy-in…

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Engage Students Through Choice

Students have many choices in the district that I work.  They have the option to attend one of our traditional schools or one of our school/programs of choice.  This is an interesting phenomenon as I have the chance to speak with parents to get feedback on the process and options that they have as families.  11-13 year old students have the opportunity to choose where they go to school.  This…

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Keeping it Simple with Edtech

I was recently asked a question about the SAMR model: How does teacher awareness of the #SAMR model affect tech integration?  My first thought was that we overthink edtech sometimes.  I’m not particularly a fan of the SAMR model because I think that forces teachers into a box.  Some teachers are afraid to integrate edtech into their classrooms because they struggle to understand SMAR.  Here is a way to keep it simple when it comes…

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