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 … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

13 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Hearing These Words…You’re Hired!

We have officially entered one of my favorite times of the school year….hiring season.  I have spent a great deal of time over the years reflecting on the interview process … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

My Favorite 4 Letter Word

FATE…I will admit I am a big believer in fate.  Ever since I can remember I have believed that things happen for a reason. Call me a believer, a dreamer … Continue Reading →

Just Talk to Me

I still remember the day my baseball coach stopped by my house to pick up my uniform.   I had quit the team out of frustration because I wasn’t playing as … Continue Reading →

I Would Never Want Your Job

Over the past two weeks I have been a part of several conversations with teachers, students, parents, principals, and aspiring administrators about the challenges that come with being a building … Continue Reading →