Great Change Begins with Self-Change

I was nineteen years old, a college dropout, and no clue what to do next.  To say I was struggling would be a huge understatement.  I knew I was in trouble. I was lost and desperately trying to figure out what to do next when I decided to interview for a sales position with an

Check Boxes: 8 Things We Need to Uncheck

It was another beautiful Saturday and once again I found myself indoors typing away feverishly on my computer as I cranked out evaluation after evaluation.  It was the third consecutive weekend that I had dedicated time to sorting through portfolios that teachers had submitted as part of the evaluation process.  Don’t get me wrong, in

The Untitled Leader

One of my favorite movies of all time is, A Few Good Men, released in 1992, starring Tom Cruise.  That court room scene I have watched dozens of times over the years and each time I can’t help but recite the lines by heart as each character begins to speak.  But there is one line at

Push Back…No Shying Away

This weekend I was reading an assignment that one of my graduate students submitted for the educational leadership class that I teach that contained an interesting quote by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer that got me thinking.  He stated the following: “How you feel is not the best guide for what you should do…

Phone Calls Home: “I’m Not Going to Lie…They Scare Me”

What prompts you to contact the parent or guardian of a student?  This is the question that was asked of a teacher candidate this week during an interview.  This question often elicits a safe response by candidates that includes contacting a parent when a student has either become a discipline issue in the class or

Relationships…The Most Important Factor?

I have been reflecting a lot lately on the role of relationships in schools. I have not been able to stop thinking about this topic because it seems educators everywhere are talking about the importance of relationships when it comes to ensuring student success, supporting others in their professional growth, cultivating a positive school culture,

12 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I recently returned from Ignite 2016 in Orlando were I had the good fortune of representing my professional associations – School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) and The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Like many of my colleagues, I am extremely proud of what I do for a living. Being a high school principal

Leadership Echoes For Eternity

What we do as school leaders can echo for eternity in the lives of our students, staff and school communities.  That is the beauty of what we do.  We serve in a profession where every day we are blessed with the opportunity to help change the course of someone’s life by our words, our actions

Is it Time for a Change?

Every so often someone in my PLN will reach out to me to discuss a potential new job. Of course, I am always flattered anytime someone seeks my advice on something I understand is near and dear to their heart.  We have all been there and quite frankly, many of us will be there again.