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Getting It Right–Part IV: Circle Back

Getting it wrong is a dead end… unless… Working to get it right is a you-turn. Have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever said something you wanted to Read more…


My #OneWord2022

Hey, Friends. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t do it this year. I’m exhausted. With so much happening in 2020-2021, I just needed to take a few moments for me. Instead Read more…


My Top 10 Places of Peace

I’ll never forget this conversation I was having with a colleague a few months ago. Given these unique times of 2020-2021, our friendly banter grew into a little more. We Read more…


The Best Card

Last week, I went to the store to pick out a card for my wife. While scanning the shelves, I was taken aback by the overwhelming selection, the analytical shoppers Read more…


Getting It Right–Part III: Missing Information

It’s not your fault. In that moment, in that context, and with all the information you had at the time? You did the best you could. You made the right Read more…


Getting It Right–Part I: Food for Thought

I can’t believe that this actually happened. It was just lunch. After all my reading, researching, and reflecting on best practices, here was daring leadership right in front of my Read more…


#TwoGolds

It’s a first! Twice? I never thought I would see this in any sport–let alone the Olympics. Check it out: Such a medals-winning moment! Yet, it would not go unnoticed, Read more…


TOXIC?

Nearly by definition, educators are a passionate people. Indeed, the work is sacred. Getting it right might require unique character, values, and skills. I’m thoroughly thinking through more… perceptions as Read more…


7 Norms of Collaboration: Paraphrase

Hello, Friends! Since shifting into my new role, I find myself wanting even more time to process and reflect. I haven’t blogged or posted as much lately. However, I can’t Read more…


A Legacy That Matters: Part III

Perhaps, one of the best things to know is when it’s your time to retire, move on, or change. And then to embrace it wholeheartedly. Maybe shelter-in-place gave me a Read more…


Passion Projects Are Personal Investments

Recently, I was in another Voxer group chat that really pushed my thinking. The premise went something like this: When you’re interacting with other educators on your team, your staff, Read more…


Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfections

Hello, Friends. Greetings to you from the depths of discomfort. Once a fierce fighter in a frenzy of frustration, I now sit down silently beside you as an unfinished puzzle Read more…


How Do You Archive?

Hello, Friends! With all the things that happen, it’s easy to forget a few precious moments. If you’re an educator who “makes a thousand decisions a day,” then there’s a Read more…


Podcasts for Professional Learning

Hello, Friends! There’s nothing better than a great conversation with educators! For me, nearly every walk, run, workout, or commute is another opportunity to hear a great podcast. Almost like Read more…


The Interview of a Lifetime

About ten years into my career, I was nominated for a major award in my district. Several other educators were also nominated, and I knew that the candidate field was Read more…


Alone Together Reflection: Deep–Then Wide

Upon entering another staff meeting, online space, or professional development session later in the 2020-2021 school year, no one says a word. Complete silence. Silence to think and process. Silence Read more…