Principal Thoughts

Designing an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Perhaps more frequently than ever before, administrators choose an in-school suspension over the out-of-school alternative. There are many reasons for this choice, but perhaps the most obvious is the academic advantage of keeping a student within a supportive learning environment. When a student is removed completely from the school a wonderful learning opportunity is potentially lost. So what constitutes an effective in-school suspension program? The answer to this question varies from school to school, but the foundation of successful programs remains constant. Neil Blomberg is a member of the Department of Education and Human Services at University of Villanova. He believes an in-school … [Read More...]

What is the Purpose of a “Grade”?

This post stems from much thought I have been giving to the climate of assessment that seems to be present within each school for which I have worked, and most likely at a fair number of schools across the globe for which I have not. It seems as though the professionals at these schools have been debating the same issues for many many years. Presently I seem to be having a deja vu moment as heated discussions are being had and controversial opinions are being shared, and perhaps picked apart. The most controversial philosophies being dissected include not giving zeroes for missing work, taking behaviour out of the grade, and not reducing the grade for assignments submitted late. Here are … [Read More...]

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RSS From My Flipboard Magazine – Leadership in Education

  • To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees
    No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. (Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much further.Think about a boss you truly respected. Think about a leader you truly admired. Think about a leader you not only loved to work for, but with.What sets that person apart from every other …
    By Jeff Haden
  • Reimagining School Writing
    New Ways of Understanding the Writing ProcessOthers (such as Nancy Flanagan, Elizabeth Rorschasch [PDF], and Ray Salazar) have thoughtfully written …
  • 17 Signs You’re Actually a Micromanager
    Do you lead or are you micromanage?If you've ever worked for a micromanager, you know how awful and how it can be. Working with a leader, on the other hand, can be an inspiring and educational experience.Micromanagers have a hard time trusting others to make decisions and rarely allow others to act …
    By Lolly Daskal

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RSS TieOnline Blog

  • Culture & Global Citizenship September 20, 2018
    An important focus area associated with this year’s review of ISZL’s mission, vision, values, and learning principles is that of our school and community’s culture and how it relates to global citizenship. With our staff and students representing 34 and … Continue reading →
    Barry Déquanne
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RSS The Principal of Change

  • The Fallacy of the “Either/Or” Scenario September 20, 2018
    I am visiting a district in Pennsylvania soon, and as a “Twitter Challenge” before I join them, educators were encouraged to send some questions to me ahead of time. I have tried to respond to some tweets on Twitter, but I wanted to respond to this one through my blog: Question for you, @gcouros: Change ... [Read more...]
    George
  • One Important Question That Leads to Student Empowerment in Schools September 18, 2018
    I walked into Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Alberta, as a basketball referee for the game, but as a principal at another school at the time.  Every time I walked into that building I was amazed not only by the enthusiasm and pride of the students for their school but how amazing the work ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Screenshot Keyboard Shortcuts September 17, 2018
    In our visual culture, communicating with images and media is an important element of literacy. Whether you are composing an email, a document to print, an image to share online, or something else, the ability to capture a SCREENSHOT from your computer or mobile device can come in handy. Here are techniques to use built-in screenshot [...]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Lessons Learned with Website eBook eCommerce Continue (August 2018) September 3, 2018
    About 4 years ago, inspired by a local writer’s conference, I created a WordPress-powered website to independently sell digital copies of my books as well as offer a subscription-based video library of instructional how-to videos. I haven’t given that project much attention or “care and feeding” in awhile, since I transitioned to [...]
    Wesley Fryer

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RSS Edutopia RSS

  • Setting Up Effective Group Work
    Truly collaborative group work is complex and messy, so we have a few tips and tools to get students working interdependently.
    Jeff Knutson
  • Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents
    A strategy teachers can use to turn parents into partners when discussing difficult situations involving their kids.
    Joe Hirsch
  • Extending the Silence
    Giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions—improves their learning.
    John McCarthy

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell