Elementary School

Leaders, how do you break over a break?

  We’re closing out the first of a couple of breaks we have this season. How do you turn off all that goes through your leadership brain, when you’re supposed to be “not” thinking about work? I think when you lead the way that we all lead, it’s almost impossible to separate your everyday thoughts…

Top 10 Benefits of Digital Planning for Busy Principals

What if you could customize your planner/planning system? What if you could take all the planning things that work for you and put them in one place? That’s what digital planning is all about! However, it sounds like we need a digital planner for principals! Sounds like a magical unicorn, doesn’t it?  This is what…

Dedicated to Doing What is Best for Others

The book group I am a part of read Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo, and we could not believe the devotion and dedication the author demonstrated throughout the book. How she and Patrick endured the crass racism and inhumanity is difficult to believe. To give you a quick overview on the setting of the story and…

Supporting Staff Morale in Our Schools

In a recent National Association of Independent Schools NAIS Bulletin (Oct. 14), an often overlooked essential practice was highlighted; it is especially important during times of stress and crisis in our schools. No matter what school you are leading—public, independent, charter, special education, virtual, daycare—do check out this graphic to see what actions can be taken…

3 Easiest Ways Principals Can Get Positive Feedback

Getting positive feedback is one of the most complex parts of a principal’s job. Although, giving feedback and getting feedback can be a challenge, we need feedback. However, do we want feedback? I personally prefer only positive feedback. Hey, I am being honest. Who really wants to know what they don’t do very well?  The…

Final few days to score your FREE @TCEA membership!

I’ve been a TCEA fan from way back in my teacher days, and they just keep expanding and adding more resources to their memberships to make it worth your while. Every so often they offer FREE yearly memberships and this week, they are again, until October 30th! I’ve long preached the importance of having a…

Powerfully Uplifting TED Talk

Here is a special, must-see TED Talk (over 2.5M views) that gives perspective as we make our way through this pandemic.  “Imagine being unable to say, “I am hungry,” “I am in pain,” “thank you,” or “I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone.…