Fresh Paint: A Resilience Metaphor

I spent Saturday morning at school painting classrooms. Lately, I have been a bit discouraged about the physical appearance of our facilities and the unspoken message that dingy walls, stained carpet, institutional like classrooms, and dated buildings send to our students and parents. Over time, things wear out, students spill things, ink pens break, and … Continue reading Fresh Paint: A Resilience Metaphor

Slow Down to be Fulfilled, Focused, and Purposeful

We have several dogs. One is a West Highland Terrier (a Westie) named Kosmo. Kosmo has a personality that matches his name -- he is mischievous, full of energy, quirky, and strong-willed. One of my favorite things to do is take Kosmo to the local dog park where he is free to run wild and … Continue reading Slow Down to be Fulfilled, Focused, and Purposeful

Unorthodox (but purposeful) Principal Strategies?

This post is Part III of The Redefined Principal Project. I am hoping this post will go viral. Not because it contains any great ideas, but because I need the input of a diverse group of educators -- teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff. Have you witnessed unique leadership ideas or actions that have been … Continue reading Unorthodox (but purposeful) Principal Strategies?

Have We Forgotten that We Belong to One Another?

Disclaimer: as with all posts on my blog, the views expressed in this post represent my personal opinion and are not intended to be associated with my employer. This was posted with my daughter's permission. My daughter is an immigrant. Perhaps not in the "legal" sense, but by Google's definition she would qualify. She was born … Continue reading Have We Forgotten that We Belong to One Another?