A Principal's Reflections

5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Accountability for Growth

A Principal's Reflections

In a world where ideas are a dime a dozen and shared openly on social media, it is incumbent upon all of us to critically reflect and determine if it is, in fact, a sound strategy.

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

A Principal's Reflections

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only raised my hand if I was 99.9% sure that I knew the correct answer.

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A Principal's Reflections

Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see unprecedented innovations at exponential rates involving technology. You can’t run or hide from it.

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

The quest to improve pedagogy, and in turn learner outcomes, is a focus of many schools. We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. Maybe success lies in taking a more detailed look at daily practice.

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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.

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Smart People

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Leadership is a team sport. It is not about what one person does, but instead the cumulative actions of everyone in an organization.

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

“ Leadership has less to do with position than it does disposition.” – John Maxwell I am currently working on a new edition of Digital Leadership for Corwin and I am very excited, as it will be in color.

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Relevance is the Fuel of Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of focusing on the why as it relates to learning. Here is a piece of my thinking that I shared: The why matters more than ever in the context of schools and education. What all one must do is step into the shoes of a student.

Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

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Have you ever paid money to go and watch a professional sporting event, play, or musical? Your answer is probably a resounding yes. If you are like me, then you have gone too many times to count and have lost track. What drives you to spend money and attend these events?

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Teachers are the Driving Force of Change

A Principal's Reflections

During virtually every keynote, presentation, or workshop that I give, the topic of change is very much a part of it. Leading the effort to uproot the status quo and prepare kids for anything as opposed to something is easier said than done.

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Five Components of Good Feedback

A Principal's Reflections

Everyone needs feedback in order to improve. You would be hard-pressed to identify any profession where it isn’t a central component to success.

The Purpose of Content

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my days as a learner, the content seemed to be at the forefront of every class. Whether it was disseminated during a lecture in college, through direct instruction in K-12, or at times consumed from a textbook or encyclopedia, it was everywhere.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Principal's Reflections

In the past, I have written about my journey from digital nomad and detractor to leader. The catalyst for this transformation came in part from Twitter. My experiences in this social space forced me to take a critical lens to my professional practice as well as that of my staff in my school.

Finding Comfort in Growth

A Principal's Reflections

" Comfort is the enemy of progress." - Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman Have you ever been complacent when it comes to undertaking or performing a task? Of course, you have, as this is just a part of human nature.

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Growing up as a child I played numerous sports recreationally and in high school. Upon entering high school I was not the best athlete by any means, but football was one sport where I excelled more than others, and this led to some time playing in college.

Power Up Your Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

Times are a changing in case you haven’t noticed. We have seen disruptive innovation across so many different sectors of society. If you were to go back in time and pinpoint when disruption began to take off, I would wager that it correlates with the proliferation of the smartphone.

The Purpose of Content

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my days as a learner, the content seemed to be at the forefront of every class. Whether it was disseminated during a lecture in college, through direct instruction in K-12, or at times consumed from a textbook or encyclopedia, it was everywhere.

Selfless Acts Exemplify Who We Are

A Principal's Reflections

" A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. " - James Keller The other day I headed out to run some errands. It is common practice for me to use this time listening to a variety of radio stations.

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency. It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

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The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD).

Listen. Reflect. Decide.

A Principal's Reflections

Conversations on effective leadership are varied although they focus more or less on the same general points, yet in different contexts. One saying revolves around the notion that the buck stops with the leader.

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.

Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have been working with a variety of schools and districts in the role of a coach.

TTWWADI - A Culture Killer

A Principal's Reflections

In some cases, change has been hard to implement at scale or at all for that matter. Sometimes we are blinded by perceived success as is the case for many high performing school districts that have high test scores.

To Improve Outcomes, We Need to Take a Critical Lens to Instructional Design

A Principal's Reflections

No one can deny the fact that we are seeing some pretty exciting changes to teaching, learning, and leadership. Advances in research, brain science, and technology are opening up new and better pathways to reach learners like never before.

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success

A Principal's Reflections

A few years back the World Economic Forum came out with an article titled The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Shifting from Passive to Active Learning

A Principal's Reflections

“ Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed. ” - Seymour Papert When it comes to improving outcomes in the digital age, efficacy matters more than ever.

Ownership Through Inquiry

A Principal's Reflections

As a child, I was enamored by nature. My twin brother and I were always observing and collecting any and all types of critters we could get our hands on. Growing up in a rural area of Northwestern New Jersey made it quite easy to seek out and find different plants and animals on a daily basis.

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A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

More and more schools are either installing or improving WiFi networks in schools. We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve.

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal.

Pushing Learners to Think with Performance Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Pedagogy has been at the forefront of my thinking and work as of late. Decades of solid research have laid the foundation for current studies that bring to light how we can improve teaching, learning, and leadership.

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

A Principal's Reflections

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.

The Journey to Becoming an Author

A Principal's Reflections

I never imagined I would have authored or co-authored a book, let alone six. My unexpected journey began with a decision to give Twitter a try in 2009.

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

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.

Change the Narrative

A Principal's Reflections

No matter our level of digital proficiency, educators grapple with the rough-and-tumble pace that professional connectivity demands in our new age. A change of thinking is in order if we are to face a hyperlinked world of education.

The Lost Art of Listening

A Principal's Reflections

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and knew with certainty that he or she was not listening? Of course, you have. It is fairly easy to tell when someone is not engaged in a conversation either through lack of eye contact, facial expressions, or the loathed phrase "What did you just say?"

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.

Humanity's Gift

A Principal's Reflections

“ 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.

Bridging Connections to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was working from home, which is a rarity for me these days. I huddled in my home office and focused my attention on email, writing a blog post, tweaking some presentations, and updating the digital handouts that all participants get during one of my keynotes or workshops.