February
22
2019

Leadership Starts with You

I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders over the years. Those leaders that had courage. Those leaders with an articulate vision. Those leaders who valued people first. Those leaders who helped foster cultures of risk-taking and innovation. Those leaders who modeled the way a...

December
29
2018

How Do You Model Risk-Taking?

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was looking back through my notes as I sat next to her in a post-observation meeting, about to give feedback on the lesson from the day before. Two days earlier, I had run our faculty meeting. As a principal early in my career, so many of these meetings loo...

December
15
2018

Overcoming Social Media Fears

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes. Amy is an awesome High School Assistant Principal from Oregon and is the type of school leader that leverages social media in her daily work; to both share the incredible things that happen in he...

January
03
2018

The Waze of Great Leadership

Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been. Upon landing at the closest airport, I’ll typically grab my carry-on luggage, proceed down an escalator, and if my destination is too f...

December
14
2017

7 Ways to Build Trust with Your School Community #LT8keys

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you. – Unknown In many schools, the community,—particularly parents—feels left in the dark. Within their own walls, schools often work diligently to communicate the latest initiatives, results, and grading practices, or they discuss things such as...

August
15
2017

Hacking Leadership: A Free Webinar!

It’s not every day that I get to interview someone who I consider one of the top educators in country and say that the person also happens to be one of my best friends. If I could sum up Joe Sanfelippo in one sentence, it would be that he is an incredible family man, an amazing school leader w...

June
24
2016

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

This post originally appeared on www.futureready.org. The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Recently, I had the...

April
12
2016

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Although recent studies indicate that the top-down, one-size-fits-...

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