A Principal's Reflections

Unlocking the Potential of Students

A Principal's Reflections

What are you good at and why? I am sure a list of things comes to mind. Now think about how this list of items plays out in your daily life. We all have strengths, and a common reaction is to leverage these as much as possible. I see this a great deal in my work coaching leaders.

Upgrading the KWL Chart

A Principal's Reflections

There are many strategies at the disposal of a teacher to help students learn. The anticipatory set functions as a hook at the beginning of the lesson for motivation, while closure ties everything together.

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5 Ways to Unleash Your Leadership Potential

A Principal's Reflections

Leading is not easy. I am a believer that leaders are not born but instead develop over time based on both the environment and learned experiences. No matter where you are on your journey, there is the opportunity to grow and evolve. Your potential is not set in stone.

A Systematic Approach to Social and Emotional Support

A Principal's Reflections

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on youth across the world. While learning recovery remains a needed area of focus, virtually every educator I come in contact with explains that students are a year or two behind socially.

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White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

Hitting Curveballs

A Principal's Reflections

If only everything could be simple. Life is anything but an easy journey. While this, for the most part, has been manageable in the past, the pandemic has upended professional and personal lives. Just when there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, a new variant materializes.

Curiosity: The Ultimate Learning Trigger

A Principal's Reflections

When I reflect on my childhood there were numerous profound experiences that impacted my trajectory. I still vividly remember spending my summers in Ocean City, NJ where one set of my grandparents resided. To this day there is just something magical about the beach.

The 6 Dimensions of Disruptive Thinkers

A Principal's Reflections

What is really needed for success in the world today? I think this might be the million-dollar question. Even though it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict the future, we can examine current trends and societal forces to determine the competencies that learners need to thrive.

No Act of Kindness is a Wasted Effort

A Principal's Reflections

I fly a lot. Even during the heart of the pandemic, I was on the road coaching in numerous school districts as part of long-term projects. Now things are absolutely crazy but in a good way.

Top Posts of 2021

A Principal's Reflections

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, the consensus was that 2021 would be a much smoother ride. Most people would agree that this was not the case. During countless coaching visits, I saw and heard firsthand the myriad of challenges being faced in classrooms, schools, and districts.

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6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

RTI and Personalization: A Dynamic Duo

A Principal's Reflections

Recently I was working with the leadership team at Moanalua Middle School (MMS) in Hawaii. One of the coaching topics that came up was how to improve the Response to Intervention (RTI) process as a means to support learners.

Tips for an Abrupt Shift to Remote or Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was with one of my partner districts as part of ongoing longitudinal work that will last at least two years.

Setting the Stage for Current and Future Learner Success

A Principal's Reflections

The traditional goal of any education system is to prepare students for either college or careers. Over the years, I would say that while this view still holds value, the context has changed dramatically.

Trust is a Leader's Best Friend

A Principal's Reflections

When I began the journey to become a school administrator many years ago, I took the typical courses that were required. These focused on topics such as school law, instructional leadership, change management, school finance, and curriculum development, among many others.

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2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics

BestColleges.com’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Sparking Inquiry in the Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

As a kid, I loved nature. Growing up in a rural part of New Jersey and spending summers at the beach probably played a significant role in developing this interest. My parents would buy me and my brother all sorts of field guides to help support our curiosity and genuine interest in living creatures.

Blending with the Station Rotation Model

A Principal's Reflections

Blended learning is something that is near and dear to my heart. For me, the journey began back in 2011 when we first introduced the flipped approach at New Milford High School, where I was principal, with resounding success.

Pedagogical Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

The Change Leader

A Principal's Reflections

Everyone seems to want change. While this, in essence, is a good thing, the reality is that many people don't want to actually go through the complex process. If this wasn't challenging enough, the individuals needed to lead it is even less.

2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the BestColleges.com research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.

Experience Can Be the Best Teacher

A Principal's Reflections

The earliest known version of the proverb that serves as the title for this post is attributed to Julius Caesar. You might have noticed that I tweaked it a little bit by replacing “is” with “can” to prove a point in a little bit.

How to Make Learning Stick

A Principal's Reflections

It is no secret how we retain information, construct new knowledge, and develop competencies critical for success in the world of work and, more importantly, life.

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Four Practical Ways to Blend

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to blended learning, it is essential first to have an underlying understanding as to why this pedagogical strategy is valuable in the classroom. Let’s take a step back before diving into the nuts and bolts.

Disruptive Thinking: Making it a Reality

A Principal's Reflections

It has been a wild and bumpy ride during the pandemic, but through it all, we have witnessed firsthand the resilience of educators across the world.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

Time is the Best Resource You Have

A Principal's Reflections

These are challenging times, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to dedicated and resilient educators who continue to show up for kids and each other.

Using Feedback to Create a Culture of Excellence

A Principal's Reflections

Growth is a huge component of the change process. In order for each of us to pave a path for success, there must be feedback along the way.

Different Ways to Show Learning

A Principal's Reflections

For many of us, our preparation to become teachers consisted of courses focusing on classroom management, lesson design, grading, and proven strategies that had withstood the test of time.

The Power of Collaboration

A Principal's Reflections

There is nothing more gratifying, in my opinion than watching people work together to achieve a common goal.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Evolving Instruction in a Rapidly Changing World

A Principal's Reflections

We all first learned of idioms probably during the middle school years in English class. There are so many out there, such as “it’s raining cats and dogs,” “you hit the nail on the head,” and “there are bigger fish to fry.”

8 Elements of Effective Coaching

A Principal's Reflections

I absolutely love coaching educators in small groups. During these sessions, I get to see firsthand how they are implementing ideas and strategies into practice to grow.

Re-Thinking the Learning Environment

A Principal's Reflections

There is always a great deal of focus on the why, how, and what in relation to standards, curriculum, and essential concepts when it comes to learning.

Differentiating in the Personalized Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

I love visiting classrooms around the country to not only support but to see educators in action. In my opinion, I learn just as much, if not more, from them as they hopefully do from me.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!