Friday was a tough day. I had a long list of things to do -- things I had carefully arranged on my calendar to be certain they would all be completed. The day began as planned, with the final session of a book study on The Happiness Advantage with a small group of staff members. … Continue reading 5 Reasonable Ways to Begin to Address Childhood Trauma
For the past several weeks, I have been sending the following email to my teaching staff. I call it, my office opt out. If you would like some principal assistance, I have the following openings available for this week: [this is followed by specific dates and class periods] I am willing to: Give (or monitor) … Continue reading What I Learned By Opting Out of My Office
There is too much time in my day and I don't have enough to do. ...said no one above the age of fourteen. Ever. For most of us, packed schedules and long to-do lists make every day an exercise in determining opportunity costs. If I choose to do activity "y", what will be the impact … Continue reading The “Things That Matter Most” Protocol
I love cross-country. You know, the sport where you run off-road, up hills, and around trees. I was an average cross-country runner in high school, but I learned a lot from the sport and really enjoy my teammates and camaraderie. Here is a link to article that does a pretty good job explaining some of … Continue reading What If We Are Only As Good As Our Fifth Runner?
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. - Mother Teresa On Friday evening I was on a connecting flight (with my daughter and wife) from Chicago to Wichita, Kansas. We were all engaged in our own activities -- sleeping, reading, listening to music -- when my daughter, who … Continue reading I Am Not In Control
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill The school I am honored to lead is dynamically diverse. We serve students with an extremely wide range of prior life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and academic needs. Our students come in a wide variety of colors and … Continue reading School Climate is a Journey
Each year, prior to the arrival of students, I write a note to the staff members of our school. I do my best to let them know they are valued throughout the year, but by writing, it is easier for me to find my words. Below is this year's letter to the WJHS staff. … Continue reading Beginning the School Year: 5 Things to Remember