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Transformation Lessons: Home Improvement

Have you ever totally transformed a space in your home or classroom? Have you successfully transformed a school culture? What did it take to accomplish the transformation? Today we will explore the stages in transformations. Each stage is critical to the larger picture. Background A few months ago I transformed a room in my basement into a home […]
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A New Administrator’s Journey

Back-to-school supplies are starting to line the shelves. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers have goals swimming around in their heads, even while they’re still enjoying their summer breaks. Educators new to positions have many questions as well. How will I build relationships with new staff and students? How will I monitor my impact? How will […]
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Let’s Work Smarter, Not Harder

Instructional leaders, both administrators and coaches, work hard to be effective. Their to-do lists are often never ending. They wear many, many hats. And sometimes they feel less than effective as the grind of paperwork and the wide variety of tasks take hold. To manage their time, many instructional leaders develop their own tools to […]
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Greetings from ASCD15

The 70th Annual ASCD Conference and Exhibit Show opened today. The theme is Challenging Convention: Leading Disruptive Innovations. There is something here for everyone! The 183 page program booklet can be daunting at times. There is so much to take in and so little time. Today’s post is just a brief reflection on each session […]
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Gearing up for ASCD15

In a week the 70th Annual ASCD Conference will be kicking off in Houston, Texas. I am honored to be able to attend this event for a second year in a row as a member of the press. The conference falls at a great time during the Slice of Life Challenge – as I know […]
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Lessons Learned from Home Improvement

On March 3 I posted A Work in Progress. At that time I had a mess on my hands and there really wasn’t anything I could do but be patient and trust the process. I was having difficulty seeing the end product behind the mess. I am happy to report that the chaos has cleared and a […]
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Managing Complex Change

Photo Credit: http://www.bethknittle.net/WP_Blog/?p=1212   Change is hard … but what makes it hard may be able to be controlled with proper planning and ongoing monitoring. Too often we have great intensions with change initiatives. We have the data to support the need. We know it is the right work. We know if the change happens lives […]
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The Power of Teamwork

A recent video posted on our local television station’s Twitter Feed promoted me to think about teamwork. Authentic teamwork. Teamwork with a clear purpose. Teamwork with commitment, accountability and trust. KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports TEAMWORK In the article Strong Teams, Strong Schools: Teacher-to-Teacher Collaboration Creates Synergy that Benefits Students, Dennis Sparks begins […]
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You Can Only Get It Right Here

I had a beautiful start to my Sunday morning at the ASCD Conference. I had the opportunity to be inspired. There is no greater feeling that hearing passionate educators tell their school’s journey to discovering what works for their students! I have been fortunate to hear many schools’ stories at this year’s ASCD conference, but […]
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The Choice Is Ours

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Yousef AlSudais I recently stumbled upon a Stephen Covey video on YouTube entitled Carry Your Own Weather via a tweet from someone attending a 7-Habits of Highly Effective People workshop. The video caused me to reflect on my own “weather” and the “weather” we create for others around us. […]