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A Staff That Serves

So, I often write about the incredible school I call home and the people and things that make it such an incredible place. So often, these "things" are collections of moments; some so small and seemingly inconsequential that you might actually not even notice them if you weren't paying attention. And I try to pay attention. Because other times those moments… Continue reading A Staff That Serves

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The Teacher in Me

"Why are you writing a lesson plan? You're an administrator now!" "I know, but I have a lesson to teach Friday and I had this great idea....I guess it's just the teacher in me". That conversation happened at home the other day. I am in my third year as an Assistant Principal and I can tell… Continue reading The Teacher in Me

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Spring Reflections

Well, the excitement is in the air. Spring Break is right around the corner, and while this is always a welcome break, it also ushers in a very hectic time!  Just to give you an idea, here is a quick run down of what may be on an administrator's plate come Spring (and I am sure you could… Continue reading Spring Reflections

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Why Me, Here, Now?

Last week was our district's leadership conference and the learning centered around the word "thrive".  For our keynote, we were honored to hear Dr. Bertice Berry  speak about servant leadership. During this address, she said something that really resonated with me and, judging from our district conference hashtag, many others as well: Walk with purpose and you will collide… Continue reading Why Me, Here, Now?

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Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning

One of the unique ways we have found to support teacher collaboration and growth on our campus this year is through a weekly Staff S'more.  This started out as a one-way communication from admin to teachers, but we quickly discovered that this is the perfect vehicle for teachers to share their ideas, learnings, failures, and… Continue reading Teachers and Students Leading Professional Learning

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The Power of A Phone Call

I grabbed my notepad and began my typical routine that morning, stopping into classrooms and watching all the great teaching and learning going on in the building.  The first room I stopped into was a 4th grade math class. The teacher was just beginning to introduce decimals, and the class was having a discussion about what they… Continue reading The Power of A Phone Call

Leadership

Leadership Development Part 1: Effective Schools Correlates

  In just three weeks, I will begin my journey as a first year Assistant Principal. As part of my summer learning,  I am currently involved in some training which is providing me many great things to think about! This post will be the first in a series of reflections on this training. It will be… Continue reading Leadership Development Part 1: Effective Schools Correlates

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Coaching Students Through Feedback

Articles referenced are hyper-linked. Today started out like any other weekend morning. I woke up, poured my coffee, and powered up the IPad for my daily PD ritual: Twitter and blog reading. As I browsed the articles and read a few updated posts, something caught my eye.  Among the hashtags and updates was the quiet… Continue reading Coaching Students Through Feedback

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Fielding A Winning Team

What teacher leaders can learn from football.I love the movie Remember The Titans.  This film is based on the true story of Coach Herman Boone and his experience at T.C. Williams High School in Alexadria, Virginia in the 1970's. So many messages and so much inspiration in this Hollywood version of a team facing, and… Continue reading Fielding A Winning Team