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December 15, 2016 // Goal Setting, Teacher Coaching & Mentoring, Developing Self & Others

Turn a Challenge into a Goal: A Coaching Tool for the New Year

It’s almost a new year! During my tenure as a Principal Coach, I looked forward to coming back to work after the winter break, knowing that January was a bus... Read More

October 30, 2016 // Establishing & Sustaining Vision, Mission, & Goals

Attention, Vision and Mission Skeptics!

For 20 years, Great Oaks Elementary has been the WOW place to learn and teach.    How was the vision established?  Intentionally, and with intensity.  I was the Assistant Principal at Great Oaks... Read More

September 29, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture

School Culture Building-A Century in the Making

Happy 100th birthday, Mathews Elementary! Last week, under a big green awning, and beaming proudly despite a passing rain storm, Mathews students and staff celebrated their school's 100th birthday. Their fo... Read More

September 2, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture, Developing Self & Others

Magical

It's not the new building.  It's not the slick hardware.It's not the powerful software.It's not the inspirational speeches.It's not the important new initiative.It's not the innovative p... Read More

August 18, 2016 // Developing Self & Others

Remember the Small Moments

This morning I was touched by a story. Not by one I read but by one I had lived and written. It was the story of an incident I experienced p... Read More

July 1, 2016 // Effective Conferencing, Conflict Resolution, Teacher Coaching & Mentoring, Creating Positive School Culture, Developing Self & Others

How to Listen Your Way to Better Leadership

I’m not a schmoozer. It’s not in my nature to chit chat idly or drum up conversation where there is none. I have to work intentionally to connect with... Read More

June 13, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture, Establishing & Sustaining Vision, Mission, & Goals

Going Up?

It's an all-too-familiar scene. Picture it with me. You're in the grocery store, or coming out of the doctor’s office, or having dinner at a restaurant with the family, or... Read More

June 1, 2016 // Teacher Coaching & Mentoring, Developing Self & Others

Finding Joy in the Work

My husband and I took the kids to our community’s First Friday Arts Trail recently, a fun event held at multiple venues around Lubbock to see the work of loc... Read More

May 20, 2016 // Teacher Coaching & Mentoring, Developing Self & Others

My Favorite Hat

Principal Coach.  I've worn quite a few hats in school leadership over the years, but this one, the Principal Coach hat, is my favorite.  For about nine years, I had the... Read More

May 10, 2016 // Improving Instruction

Unknown Waters

Leading Change. This was the topic of one of our recent principal program seminars. One intern put it so poignantly when he openly reflected:  “You really are in the midst of goin... Read More

May 3, 2016 // Managing Data & Processes

Simple Systems, Big Results

Early on in my principalship, I was struggling to get a handle on everything and I was talking with one of my mentors. I was explaining how massive the job... Read More

April 12, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture, Developing Self & Others

Persnickety

We all know people who major in the minors. They critique, dissect, cajole, nitpick anything and everything.  We also know those people as persistent pains and energy drains. It's even wo... Read More

March 31, 2016 // Effective Conferencing, Teacher Coaching & Mentoring

Take My Advice-Or Not

I read a blog post by Keith Webb that resonated with me. The post centered on not being attached to the advice you give. Think about all of the times whe... Read More

March 22, 2016 // Effective Conferencing, Developing Self & Others, Improving Instruction

It's About the Teacher-and the Question

"On a scale of 1-10, what's your homework load tonight?", I asked Aubrey, my high school freshman. "It's a five", he said.  "And here's why", he continued.   Powerful questioning can make... Read More

March 9, 2016 // Conflict Resolution, Developing Self & Others

The School Leader as Chief Problem Solver...or Not?

I admit it.  As a campus leader, especially in the beginning, I thought I needed to be the Chief Problem Solver and Mediator.  When our staff was considering the implementation of a... Read More

February 24, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture

Start with the TP!

I am big on building a positive, trusting, and loving culture in my school. It hurts me when I hear of principals who are micro-managers, dictators, and/or are just focu... Read More

February 15, 2016 // Creating Positive School Culture, Developing Self & Others

Lessons from Ike

I've read this article a few times since I first saw it a couple of years ago. I like to come back to it because humility in leadership is such a... Read More

February 4, 2016 // Establishing & Sustaining Vision, Mission, & Goals, Developing Self & Others

So Many Core Values and Beliefs: One Unified School Vision

Back in September, I wrote about the importance of school leaders reflecting upon their own core values and beliefs, as an important first step in leading a school.  Why? Because w... Read More

January 18, 2016 // Effective Conferencing, Teacher Coaching & Mentoring

Why Am I Talking?

There seems to be an unspoken rule in leadership. Somehow the leader is the one who does all the talking. Yet, as leaders, how do we foster the growth and... Read More

January 8, 2016 // Developing Self & Others, Managing Data & Processes

You Need More Than One Mentor

Through my years of being a principal, I have learned that no one person can be a master of this job.  It is just too big!  Therefore, I have found that... Read More

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