Knowing vs. Doing Gap

To begin I feel I must submit a disclaimer to this post. I have read a few blog posts on the Knowing – Doing Gap and I am aware of the book by this same title by Jeffry Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton yet, the thoughts in this post are my own and are based […]
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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 […]

I Teach, What’s Your Super Power

Imagine you are a fourth grade student. You live in poverty. You don’t know where your next meal will come. You witness things that no 10 year old should ever have to see. You are lost and afraid – but for 6+ hours a day you are safe. You are cared for. Your needs are […]

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 […]

Spring Brings Happiness

Spring is in the air. A perfect day to Celebrate International Day of Happiness! The photo above was taken during a beautiful spring time walk in Houston as I attend the ASCD Conference. Last year, during the Slice of Life Challenge, I wrote Quotes about Writing –  Pick One – Go. I described a favorite opening activity […]

If You Build It, They Will Come

One of Iowa’s “Claims to Fame” is the movie Field of Dreams. The primary movie location was Dubuque County, Iowa on a farm near Dyersville. My mother’s family is from around Dyersville, so the setting was extra special. Several years ago we took a trip of the area. A famous line in the movie comes from the voices Ray Kinsella, […]
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The Long and Short of Data Analysis

Data analysis is an integral part of the school improvement process. Data helps us see where we are going and whether we are getting closer to our desired results. The key is to collect purposeful data and monitor it often. Recently I attended a Solution Tree Workshop where our facilitator, Maria Nielsen, used the terms long-cycle and […]

The State of Iowa will be DANCING!

The teams have been chosen The brackets are being filled out One thing is for certain The STATE of IOWA will be DANCIN’ We may be known for our FIELDS Corn FIELDS Soybean FIELDS The FIELD of DREAMS And now 3 out of the FIELD of 68 – not bad! The seeds are been planted Iowa State […]

ISU: Big 12 Champions

Tonight I am at lost for words Not because I can’t think of anything to write for the Slice of Life Challenge But because it is a night for CELEBRATION A night to cherish my alma mater’s BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP WIN (for the second year in a row) This has been a busy week of […]