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Build School Culture through Teacher Leadership

Thank you to NAESP for publishing Build School Culture through Teacher Leadership, which highlights five practical ways in which principals can cultivate leadership in others - a Wallace Foundation principle.

Principals are accelerants of professional learning.

Principals are visionaries who raise the level of rigor.

Principals are community-builders where teachers are professional leaders and learners.

Principals are learners who practice extending and receiving help.

Principals are models of how to engage others through a strengths-based perspective.  


Principals are lead culture builders who - through shared and distributed leadership practices, promote trust open communication, transparency and collaboration among students, staff and parents.


Originally published in NAESP Communicator, December 2016, Volume 40, Issue 4
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How to Get Valuable Feedback

There is no question that educational leaders today deal with a relentless stream of competing demands, requiring them to work at a rapid pace, shifting quickly from one task to another. Often the survival cry of “let’s get it done” is overheard from school leaders as they zigzag between incidental needs and project deadlines. As a result, sometimes school leaders hesitate to stop and seek feedback on the issues that surround them. Some leaders may feel that gathering feedback slows down the pace or creates unnecessary obstacles that could be avoided. Under constant pressure and accountability to be both effective and efficient, it’s easy to see why school leaders can be tempted to skip over the feedback process. But when they do so, they risk the opportunity to launch the best ideas, build quality stakeholder and cultural investment, and make the strongest decisions they can.


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The 3 Prongs of Principal Voice

I was privileged to be a student of Dr. Quaglia's teaching on the power of principal voice at the NAESP16 in National Harbor, MD. You can find my article entitled The 3 Prongs of Principal Voice at NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) inspired by Dr. Quaglia's 2016 NAESP keynote. You can also find Dr. Quaglia's book on Principal Voice here and his research here. Join me in studying his timely and important research on student, teacher and principal voice. It will reaffirm your beliefs and strengthen your leadership commitment to make a difference for each and every person. Thank you Russ!





Be Your School’s Inspirational Leader: Key Steps

I had the honor of listening and learning from Principal Kafele at NAESP16 in National Harbor, MD, as he talked about The Principal 50, an essential compendium of professional self-reflection questions for school leaders.

You can find my article entitled Be Your School's Inspirational Leader: Key Steps on Principal Kafele's work.

Kafele emphasizes the importance of your leadership signature and the power of leadership intentionality. What is intentional is believed, and what is intentional gets done. He encourages, inspires and challenges all leaders to reflect on their practice. What evidence do you have that your school or district reflects your leadership signature? In the words of Kafele, "Leaders should look in the mirror and say...

Throw Out A Lifeline: The supports that can help new school leaders stay afloat in the principalship

Thank you NAESP for the opportunity to share Throw Out A Lifeline: The Supports That Can Help New School Leaders Stay Afloat in the Principalship in the May/June 2016 issue of Principal!

Unconferences! Changing the Way We Facilitate Professional Learning

Thank you to #NAESP16 for allowing me to share Unconferences! Changing the Way We Facilitate Professional Learning. I am inspired by the passion and energy at #NAESP16, and hope you find unconferences to be practical to your leadership and learning. You can find the PowerPoint presentation here and PDF handouts here. Attendees can also download the presentation from the NAESP16 app.

Three core goals of the presentation:
Learn why an unconference is supportive to professional learningReview best practice research on professional learningDesign an unconference in your school to promote adult learning, student growth and positive morale Over my years as a principal, it took me many attempts to design the "just right" professional learning sessions for our rapidly growing and dynamically talented staff. In fact, I'll admit that no matter how hard I tried, no "one" professional learning fit everyone's needs. I wanted to change that somehow.
Then we tried unconfer…

Inspiring Your School Culture at #NAESP15

INSPIRING YOUR SCHOOL CULTURE: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR A NEW YEAR at #NAESP15 in Long Beach, CA

Thank you to NAESP and the principals at the 2015 conference for the inspirational work you are leading! I feel honored to be learning from you.
Click here to view the presentation "Inspiring Your School Culture"
Click here to view the handouts