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In Results We Trust

Last night I watched “Free Solo”, a documentary about Alex Honnold, the first person to successfully free solo climb Yosemite’s El Capitan.  The feat is unimaginable: hanging tetherless from tiny finger and toeholds thousands of feet about the valley floor. It looks terrifying to me, but I never expected him to be so open to Read the full article…

Hiring a Linchpin Principal

linch·pin /ˈlin(t)SHpin/ A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization. “A good principal is the linchpin of student achievement in their building.” A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position. “Without a good principal at the helm, the wheels will fall off the wagon.” Either definition Read the full article…

Good Leadership is Good Leadership

Back in the day, as union president, I had a few people come to me saying that the principal’s observations were not valid because he/she did not understand the content, for example, in a foreign language classroom. The principal’s response? “Good teaching is good teaching.” It is with that perspective that I started watching some Read the full article…

Say Yes to Courageous Leadership

We often ask the children in our classrooms to step out of their comfort zones to learn and grow.  It is not easy – working hard to understand, asking questions, asking for help, getting feedback.  All of it can be a bit uncomfortable.  Leaders that want to learn and grow need to be able to Read the full article…

Analytic Process: Avoiding “Stupid” Mistakes

We may tell others there are no such things as stupid mistakes, but in our hearts, we know we ourselves sometimes make mistakes that qualify: e.g., sending an email to the wrong person, losing something important, making a simple but significant calculation error. As a leader, “stupid” mistakes can sometimes be compounded or magnified – Read the full article…

5 Tools to Build your SPED Team and Reduce Turnover

Nowhere in education is the effect of high turnover and staff shortages more acutely felt than in special education.  As states and local districts struggle to build incentives to lure educators into the realm of special education, it has become apparent that it is just as important to build the teachers and leaders that districts Read the full article…

5 Leadership Practices to Ignite 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  What better time to reboot, revisit, revise, reflect, restructure, re-imagine, reinforce, and re-ignite your staff in preparation for a new year and a fresh start? Making a few simple questions a part of your day to day practice can help you ignite a culture of trust and Read the full article…

BBT Award Winners: “No Magic Bullets when faced with Achievement Issues”

“Without the ability to think critically and independently, citizens are easy prey to dogmatists, flimflam artists, and purveyors of simple solutions to complex problems” (American Association for the Advancement of Science, Project 2061) We all dream of the “magic bullet” – a solution that is concrete, easily understood, easy to implement, and 100% effective.  We Read the full article…

How to Make a Big Decision

In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, the headline reads “How to Make a Big Decision-Have no fear. An emerging science can now help you choose.”  In fact, the science of making better decisions emerged in the 1950’s when Dr. Charles Kepner and Dr. Benjamin Tregoe, while working for the Rand Corporation, Read the full article…

Effective Listening: A Simple but Profound Skill

  New parents instinctively understand that a toddler’s loss of a teddy bear (or ice cream cone or favorite blanket) is a earth-shaking experience for them.    We try to empathize and not belittle their feelings – even while their reaction may work our last nerve.    But for some reason, when our kids get older, many Read the full article…