I recently posted a thought on social media to a group of educational leaders. As soon as I hit submit, it was time for popcorn as the comments rolled in. Here is the original post: I stand by my post... and wish more folks in school leadership positions would listen up (to your teachers especially). … Continue reading Why Culture > Data in the Principalship
Our teachers across the country are hurting. After having endured one of the toughest years our education system has seen, the need to support teachers in their craft is even more urgent. I have long discussed with teachers and educational leaders about the need to rethink our teacher evaluation practices in schools and districts across … Continue reading Evaluation No. Feedback Yes.
Leading Poinciana High School was one of the highlights of my career. It was the people that I met that were a major contribution to my placing the work there among the most important that I have engaged in. I met Mike Palfy when I arrived as an Assistant Principal at Poinciana. As a former … Continue reading To Mike.
I have been seeing a lot of educators (and supporters of educators) calling for teachers to exercise freedom, try new things, and exercise autonomy during these unprecedented times in the teaching and learning process of our children. What did we miss? I have been really reflecting on this question; both as I lead a school, … Continue reading What We Missed.
For my school district, today marked the transition to online learning, or execution of what we now call our Instructional Continuity Plan... I know, right!? It also marked my own children's first day of online learning and my wife's first day as a fifth grade teacher... online. Let me just say... the struggle was real. … Continue reading Simplicity.