Posted in Instructional Tips, Reflection

Let Student Lead! Making a Case for Student-Led Conferences

It is critical that students know how they are performing and what they need to do to improve on their skills to be fully invested every day to achieve their learning goals. Student-led conferences are one way to support this effort, and research for many years has stated the positive aspects of involving students in this way. In a study almost twenty years old, parents have expressed their support for this shift, “as one that focused on the whole child, fosters more student-led accountability, and accentuates positive attributes about their child’s learning” (Conderman, et. al, 1998, p 134). So why has it taken so long for student-led conferences to be fully implemented in schools? Continue reading “Let Student Lead! Making a Case for Student-Led Conferences”

Posted in #dadsasprincipals, Reflection

Dads On Deck Podcast

I’ve been fortunate to connect with many dads across the country who are passionate about keeping our priorities straight with our kids at home as well as our kids at school.  Our Dads As Principals group joined forces with another dad group called Maker Dads to start a podcast called Dads on Deck. We are taking turns on the podcast since there are ten of us between these two groups.  Continue reading “Dads On Deck Podcast”

Posted in Reflection, Servant Leadership

Principal Read Aloud: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

If we don’t run our day, our day will run us. If you are a school administrator or educator, then you know exactly what I mean! We must set priorities and schedule them or other things will take their place whether we like it or not. If it’s that important to us, we must put it on the calendar and stick to it!

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Posted in Feelings Matter, Innovative PD, Reflection, Servant Leadership

Costumes Show You Care

Recently I was cleaning out my office closet and noticed that most of it was full of my costumes and accessories that have accumulated over the years! I thought to myself, I wonder how many other principals’ closets look like this?

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Posted in #dadsasprincipals, Analogies/Metaphors, Reflection

Dad and/or Principal? #dadsasprincipals

Work all day. Exhausted. Finally sit down at the kitchen table to shovel in a late dinner. And…out…comes…my cell phone…Why?? It’s like an automatic reaction that I can’t even control! To check the emails that I have may have missed on the way home from work??

I struggle with separating work and home and separating being a principal and being a dad. Most of the time I can’t separate the d and the P in my life and they blend together much more than my own family deserves, like in an infinite loop where both are so vitally important. Our new Dads As Principals logo reminds us of this struggle and how hard we need to work to keep the proper balance.  Continue reading “Dad and/or Principal? #dadsasprincipals”

Posted in Innovative PD, Instructional Tips, Reflection, Servant Leadership

Green Light Leading

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Join me on at the VAESP Conference this month to learn why and how green light leading can increase staff engagement, morale, and success! Throw away that NO button and say, “Yes!”


After-presentation Update! 6.28.17

What a great turnout for this presentation! We even had to get more chairs and still had standing room only! I was so encouraged to see so many amazing leaders in the room trying to find ways for self-improvement and being the best they could for their schools. Thank you for those that attended and for the follow up conversations I had with many of you. Keep me updated on how you are giving the green light in your school. You inspire me!