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 →

Eyes Wide Open

About a week ago, on a hot afternoon in Arizona, I stopped at a convenience store near work for a bottle of water and a soda. As I was walking in, I noticed a young lady leaning against one of the store's cinder block columns. There was something vaguely familiar about her. I searched my... Continue Reading →

My 30 Day Sabbatical

I am almost done with school for the year — just a few more days of wrap-up and administrative meetings. In an effort to refresh (and prepare for a new school year), I am going to take a purposeful break. A sabbatical, so to speak. Here is a list of what I will be doing.... Continue Reading →

Standing in the Gap

Today, my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Not only am I very proud of their devotion to one another, I am incredibly thankful for their parenting and support. I am blessed. This week, I finished my nineteenth year in education, and my seventh as a principal. In that time, I have seen the... Continue Reading →

I Am Not In Control

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 →

Free, but Priceless

  It is, perhaps, the most effective tool for positive change that we all possess. A limitless resource, yet we often ration as if it were a scarce commodity.Used at the right time, it has the power to be the difference between "I quit" and "I'll keep trying." The application of one or two words (or a... Continue Reading →

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