Become a Productive School Leader

On the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th I will be presenting a three hour workshop for school leaders at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. This is offered in conjunction with the annual TIES conference which begins the following Monday. Here is the official workshop description: An important part of being an effective school leader is […]

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Managing Stress and Expectations ⇢

Some good advice from Justin Baeder (@eduleadership) that can be applied to many other fields besides education: As a leader, you have multiple stakeholders, all of whom have expectations of you, whether stated or implicit. Those expectations don’t cause stress unless you internalize them. And we need to be careful about internalizing all of everyone […]

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“Leading Online” ⇢

I somehow missed it when it was published in January, but this iBook by Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards is excellent summer reading for school leaders of all types. This is a book about organizational leadership, framed through the lens of school leadership. Published online, in the very world it seeks to describe, this book offers instruction, […]

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The Tasks of the Principal

The Minnesota Board of School Directors requires all candidates for principal licensure to review a long list of competencies and then complete a pre-assessment to evaluate current skill levels. I’m in the middle of this assignment now and am finding that it requires a lot of thought and reflection about what I have completed in […]

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Hope and Opportunity for Catholic Schools

The following is a short letter that I submitted to the New York Times a few weeks ago in response to an article about Catholic schools. Though it was not published, you may be interested in reading the responses that made it into the Times on January 13th. Patrick McCloskey and Joseph Harris highlighted many […]

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