I had a conversation recently with an educational leader who gave me some important insight and advice into my calling. He told me that my number one priority as a leader should be to build and maintain relationships. He said that without that ability, all the other tasks or expectations associated with the job description…Read more My need for maintenance
I've had the great learning opportunity to participate in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders through the National Association of Secondary School Principals. It has provided tremendous growth around the area of communication and mastering challenging conversations. Perhaps the greatest challenge any of us faces in our personal and professional lives revolves around the…Read more Do it for them, not because it’s easy, but because it is hard.
I recently returned from a great trip to China accompanying students from my high school to a sister school in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province in the People's Republic of China. I'm so proud of the students and our district and school leadership for continuing this relationship for the past 16 years. I'll…Read more Around the globe, teachers do it for them!
I had fun Saturday night. My wife and I took our teenage daughter to her first “scary” movie at our local drive in. Our family has been enamored with the drive in for a long time and this weekend the weather was gorgeous and the new Halloween was playing on the big screen. It was…Read more To fear or not to fear?
Man, did I need to get away even more than I realized. My son and my mom did most of the planning and I was basically along for the ride — or the 3000 miles of driving. One of the spots that was a “must” for our family was a slot canyon on the Navajo…Read more Vacation Reflections from Antelope Canyon
I sit in an office that says “Associate Principal” on the door, but I’ve been fascinated with history since I was a kid. I started my career as a social studies educator, and my passion is still in learning more about those who came before us, their contexts, their dilemmas, their challenges, their courage, their…Read more Readings and reflections for Independence Day
My computer crashed towards the end of the school year and I panicked. Yes, I know I'm supposed to back it up to the server. Yes, I know that I give that advice to others. Yes, I know that I can perform some regular functions to make the calamity less likely or less devastating. All…Read more “Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon it’s goods…”
I got back late yesterday from Dallas where I attended AVID Summer Institute. I’ve attended Summer Institute more times than I can remember in the last 13 years, so to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t pumped about going. I’d been there, heard it and gotten tshirts, so I wasn’t sure I was going to benefit…Read more We do what we’re set up to do – no more and no less.
I remember the day fairly strongly even though I was around 8 or 9 years old. My aunt was taking me to the movies, and to the best of my recollection, this is the only one she took my cousins and me to. We went to see Oliver!, a re-release prior to the rise of…Read more A promise delayed or a promise broken?
There’s a controversy in my state. It’s all over the news reports on each television station with reporters getting comments from both those directly involved and those on the periphery. Social media is blowing up with posts from those incensed from injustice as well as those who justify where we find ourselves. It is affecting…Read more Who is in and who is out?