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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    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
    There is a sad truth about the way that most students learn to write: They become boring writers. To write with clarity and insight involves struggle …
    Joshua Block
  • 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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  • A Lesson in Perspective (Happy Holidays) December 10, 2017
    So it’s a busy time of the year as we speed toward the holiday break, and it can seem a little overwhelming at times I know. With comment writing and reports, holiday concerts and performances, final summative assessments and feedback, … Continue reading →
    Daniel Kerr
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  • 3 Ideas For Taking Care of Yourself Before the Break December 12, 2017
    As many educators across North America are about to go on Winter break, I know that the holidays do not necessarily mean “no stress,” but for some, could be a different kind of stress. The week before the break can be exhausting and John Spencer, recently wrote, “Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the ... [Read more...]
    George
  • Moving From Obstacle to Advantage December 10, 2017
    In the same week, I heard the following obstacles shared by two different organizations that were significantly different in the number of students they served: School District 1 – We are so small that we don’t have the resources that we need to do the things that we want. School District 2 – We are ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Things I’m Learning about HDMI Cables December 13, 2017
    I’ve learned and am still learning some important lessons about HDMI cables as a school technology director. Unlike older VGA cables used with many classroom projectors in the past, HDMI cables can carry both video AND audio signals. VGA cables required the use of a separate (usally 1/8th inch) audio cable when playing videos or [...]
    Wesley Fryer
  • 10 Things I Learned Visiting Egypt December 12, 2017
    Last Wednesday about 8 members of our school faculty and staff spent the morning at the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (@ouinnovationhub). Last Saturday morning I reflected on five things I learned from that “mini-retreat.”  In this post, I’m going to share slides from a short presentation I gave at the retreat, [...]
    Wesley Fryer

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

- John Maxwell