Elementary School

Yes, I Love To Read

The last blog post I published, Let’s Not Kill The Love Of Reading, seemed to really resonate with other parents and educators based on the responses and comments that were shared. While the post was inspired by my son Paul, he didn’t actually read the post until the other day. After reading it, he thanked…

Let’s Not Kill The Love Of Reading

Kelly Gallagher via Pinterest To all my fellow educators, especially those who are in leadership positions and/or the teachers of reading, literacy, ELA (or whatever it’s called today), please take note that some of the practices we are employing in our schools, specifically as they relate to student reading, are actually killing the love of…

12 Leadership Lessons From Paul

Paul, my awesome son, recently turned 12 years old! That’s right… it has been exactly 12 years since that first time I held him in my arms and now less than one year until he is officially a teenager… UGH! While the attitude and sassiness associated with these teen years is consistently rearing its ugly…

Looking Back And Moving Forward

Looking Back & Moving Forward When you look back on the order of events, it may not make much sense to those in our worlds. We were both successful principals leading amazing teams in our incredible schools. We worked with kids who were excited to come to school, with families who were proud  to share…

The Most Critical Trait of Highly Effective Edu Leaders

From Highly Effective What Is The MOST Critical Trait Of Highly Effective Educational Leaders? Over the last few years I have seen many posts, infographics and lists on social media that describe the traits/qualities/habits of highly effective educational leaders. For example, this article from Forbes magazine suggests that the #1 characteristic of effective school leaders is…

4 Possibilities for Planning PD

slideshare.net PD Planning Is ImportantThe planning of professional development in the world of education seems to go one of two ways… it is thrown together in a rush because everyone is too busy; or it is focused on something “trendy” that other districts and schools are doing. While I have been guilty of both of…

Branding 2.0

socialmediau.net Branding… it is one of those words in education that generally garners one of two reactions… either educators love it and see it as an important aspect of the work in schools or educators push back against it because they argue that schools aren’t businesses and that creating brands is about perpetuating perceptions and…

Critical Conversations

Our Work Is Challenging “I am so glad to hear that I am not the only educator dealing with this issue!” I cannot count how many times I have heard the statement above (or some variation of it) over the last several years. In fact, I have said it myself dozens of times; and for…