Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Will Your Leadership Become Extinct?

I read a blog post from thoughtleaders that had me reflecting on the work that I do with leaders. The work of effective leadership is challenging and rewarding. Very often in this work we make the sacrifice to focus our attention on others: students, staff, teachers, teams, etc. It is so easy to forget about […]

The Value of Student Questions

When young children want to know something they ask lots of questions. We’ve all had some experience with this right?  Recently, while spending some extended time with my family I had this experience with my 3-year-old niece. You can probably imagine our conversation.  It went something like this: Nella:  What are you making Auntie? (In her sweet, 3-year-old voice) Me: […]

Turnaround Leadership Development Program Launch

Region 13 is proud to announce the launch of a new program geared toward preparing current and aspiring administrators for turnaround work in low-performing schools. The Turnaround Leadership Development Program (TLD) at Region 13 provides high-quality training, coaching and support to prepare leaders for work in turnaround schools. Benefits include: Individual Leadership Development Plan, Executive Leadership Coaching, […]

Give Way to Voice

Everyone has a voice. How are we listening to the voices that matter most in the work that we do? I was deeply moved by an article I read recently. It told of the thousands of letters written on a daily basis by people in our country. These letters were written by everyday, ordinary people […]

Finding the Time

Simply put: There is never enough time. But as leaders, there are things we can do to leverage more from the time we do have. Take some ownership by being more deliberate and intentional about what makes it to the top of your agenda on any given day. Make some decisions. Set some priorities. Ask […]

Take A Break…But Not From Learning

“Take A break from education, but not learning…” These were the words of Martha Saucedo, 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, in a recent post entitled, “Make The Most of Your Break”. She suggested that students make the most of their break by learning something new, having fun and giving back. I found Martha’s […]

The Value of Soft Skills for Students

More and more schools and school districts are engaging in dialogue around the benefits of soft skills for students amid the goals and expectations of high academic achievement. However, we know that colleges and employers expect more soft skills in conjunction with academic knowledge. They ask: Do you possess integrity? How well do you work […]

What Are You Learning?

One of my favorite questions to ask students when I entered their classroom was, “What are you learning?”  As a campus principal, I believed this was one of the most important questions to ask. (My other favorite was, “What are you reading?” especially since I loved to connect with students through books. But that’s another […]

Community of Leaders

“We can talk or dream about the glorious schools of the future or we can create them.” –Marilyn Ferguson Some of the best times during my principalship was having the time to sit at the table with my principal colleagues and talk about the work.  We’d share ideas and resources, participate in book studies, explore […]

What Happens When…

What Happens When: someone does or says something that stops you frozen in your tracks? you are deeply moved to tears, indignation  and laughter all at the same time? everything you are most passionate about, believe in and stand for gets brought to the surface for all the world to see?  the call to action […]