A Principal's Reflections

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.

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School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As many people know I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States. I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I also became a teacher and eventually a principal. After meeting my wife in 2002, I moved to Staten Island, NY and resided there for thirteen years.

The Impact of an Educator

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I fondly remember when I was first asked to consider what my future career path might be. Mrs. Williams, my kindergarten teacher, asked the class to draw a picture that articulated what we wanted to be when we grew up. I immediately knew exactly what I was going to draw. That was the easy part.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

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In many cases, there seems to be a tendency to water down expectations when it comes to integrating technology.

Improving Instruction in a Digital World

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The Rigor and Relevance Framework —an action ­oriented continuum that describes putting knowledge to use—gives teachers and administrators a way to develop both instruction and assessment while providing students with a way a way to project learning goals.

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

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Note: This post is directly related to my work at the International Center for Leadership in Education Efficacy has been on my mind a great deal as of late, and as a result, it has been reflected in my writing.

Learning is the Reward

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Let’s face it, school, as we know it is driven by grades as the main reflection of what students do, or do not, know. What has resulted is a rat race of sorts where many kids and parents alike have their eye on the prize.

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Research-Influenced Learning Spaces

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Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

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One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South. Having attended a K-8 consolidated school in rural NJ, we knew who all the teachers were. However, Mr. South stood out.

Be the Example

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“ The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ” – Paulo Coelho Change is hard. I have been writing about this fact for years now. It becomes even harder when we are not modeling the expectations that we set for others. This was the case for me early on during my days as a principal.

Efficacy in Digital Learning

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As a principal, the buck stopped with me. I was reminded of this by numerous superintendents during my tenure as a school leader.

The Potential of Virtual Reality

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Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then we will get the same or results. We also run the risk of taking a step backwards and experiencing worse results than anticipated.

Authenticity in Leadership

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Leading change in any organization is a difficult task. In many cultures the status quo is so entrenched that shifting mindsets and behaviors can be daunting. Clearly establishing the why is a natural starting point and can help to propel the change effort at hand.

Empathy and Leadership

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“ It is easy to knock people down. Building people up is at the heart of empathetic leadership.” - @E_Sheninger No significant relationship can exist without trust. Without relationships, no significant learning occurs.

Achieving a Balance

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When it comes to work, I have had to battle some internal conflicts over the years. Early on in my career as a school administrator, and then again in my work in my current position as an ICLE Senior Fellow , I had to be put in place, thankfully, by those who care a great deal about me.

Unearthing the Why

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There are so many important questions that we have to ask and attempt to find answers to. Many of these questions start with what, how, and why. Simon Sinek reminds us that the most important questions we should be asking need, and should start with, a focus on why.

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The Process of Change

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There is always a great deal of discussion about change in education in order to better prepare students for success. The stakes have become higher as changes in a globally connected world are far outpacing those in our schools.

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Better Decisions, Better Leaders

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The only thing that might be harder than embracing change is making tough decisions. A hallmark of great leadership is creating the conditions to arrive at consensus when major decisions will impact the entire school or district.

Why Learning and People Should Come First

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I was recently working on my slide deck for a three-day workshop that will take participants on an immersive experience into digital leadership and learning.

Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

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I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned home from school each day, my brothers and I would jump off the bus and diligently make our way about a half-mile back to our house.

Avoiding Initiative Overload

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As many of us know all too well, the process of change is not always a successful venture. It is fraught with twists and turns, not to mention challenges that come in all shapes and sizes. Out of the chaos excuses materialize, further complicating the process.

Rise of the Edupreneur

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Entrepreneurs love what they do. They do what they love, are dreamers, but they also are doers and go-getters. Entrepreneurship may be missing from your resume, but shifting your perspective will change this as you experience the rush and benefits of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Why Every Leader Needs a PLN

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The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) has been around for a couple of years now. Educators who have embraced this concept have experienced firsthand the positive impact on professional practice that being a connected educator brings. The premise is relatively simple.

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

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It has been quite the ride since I changed my perspective on teaching, learning, and leadership eight years ago. Prior to 2009 I basically saw technology as just an add-on and something that could spruce up a lesson.

Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

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Whether during a class, meeting, presentation, or workshop it can be at times extremely difficult to give everyone a voice.

Value-Added Schools

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No, this is not a post about value-added evaluation practices. I believe that ship has sailed.

Get Your SWOT On

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Leaders often find and leverage tools, frameworks, and systems to support their own change, as well as that of their school or district. There are many great options out there.

The Significance of Trust

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“ The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” ~ Brian Tracy Success in life hinges upon the ability to build and sustain relationships with others.

The Challenge of Change is Not You

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Keys for a Successful Digital Transformation

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Nobody likes change, but the fact is that change is at our doorstep. Changes in technology are quickly beginning to force the hands of schools and districts across the world.

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Scaling Change to Create Schools Learners Need and Deserve

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We live in exciting times although it is often difficult to keep up with how fast society is changing. Many of us can remember a world where there was no Internet or smartphones.

Educators are the True Rockstars

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" To recruit the brightest and best, teaching needs to be a high status occupation " - Lord Adonis It is interesting how our culture works, especially here in the United States. We idolize those who entertain us such as actors, actresses, rockstars, and professional athletes to name a few.

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

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I still vividly remember my early years as an assistant principal and principal. Instructional leadership was a routine part of the job along with the budget, master schedule, curriculum development, meetings, email, phone calls, and many other duties.

Humanity's Gift

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“ Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ” ― Dalai Lama Typically, I am a very focused writer. Each post, for the most part, contains ideas and strategies focusing on improving teaching, learning, and leadership.

Actions Change Things

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Conferences are a hallmark of the summer season. Thousands of educators attend events around the United States to connect, learn, and grow. For the past three years I have had the honor of attending and participating in the Model Schools Conference.

Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

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The following post is a modified excerpt from Uncommon Learning. Mobile learning provides enhanced collaboration among learners, access to information, and a deeper contextualization of learning.

Beyond Perception

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"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Life is full of twists and turns as well as ups and downs. In my opinion, it is a never-ending test that determines the trajectory of our career paths.