Blog : Creating Positive School Culture

September 29, 2016

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


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

July 1, 2016

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

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

April 12, 2016


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

February 24, 2016

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

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

October 23, 2015


For those who choose the demanding but rewarding path of servant leadership, one of the most challenging tasks we face is to understand the concept of interconnectedness. The most effective... Read More

June 23, 2015

First Impressions on Building an Effective Campus Culture

First impressions set the stage for many different factors that influence the direction of personal and professional interactions. Campus culture is built the moment parents, students, faculty, staff, and any... Read More