Today’s classrooms are providing opportunities for students to learn with technology tools and nonstop information. Providing the ability to communicate and interact very quickly online. The growth of 1:1 initiatives in schools is driving the conversation and need to highlight the responsible use of technology in education. We have heard the phrase many times “your... Continue Reading →
“Haters never win. Because negative energy always costs in the end.” Tom Hiddleston If you are confused about what “Cobra Kai” means or you don’t instantly say, “No mercy, mercy is for the weak” or “Sweep the leg,” Stop Reading and go watch the original Karate Kid. Seriously, that is an awesome movie. Then come back!... Continue Reading →
In my 11 years of being a principal and now the past two years as a district leader, I have seen the role of school administrator evolve from a building manager into an instructional leader. Shaping instructional curriculum and supervising teachers are two of the many roles of an instructional leader and the two I... Continue Reading →
In October weeks ago I was lucky enough to be part of the ACTEM learning conference - ACTEM stands for Association of computer using educators of Maine. I saw five amazing educators complete an Ignite presentation. Those educators are: Eric Butash, Suzy Brooks, Mike Arsenault, Dan Ryder, and Eric Lawson. I was inspired to see... Continue Reading →
I know ASCD is months away, but it is an honor to be asked to speak as part of the learning tables on Saturday and Sunday and taking the time to prepare is critical. I will be talking about school culture and the impact it has on job satisfaction of teachers. This was the topic... Continue Reading →
Innovation is happening in schools across the country. Blended learning is no longer a new idea and technology is being used across all disciplines preK-12. Innovation is not a synonym for technology but more a direct connection to creative thinking and how to spark motivation with creative instructional content. Digital content and opportunities for active... Continue Reading →
Over a year ago I took on a new professional challenge as the Director of Digital Learning, Technology and Innovation in the Milford Public Schools after 11 years of holding a school principal role. I heard so many “buzz” words and jargon that it was difficult to focus on strategies or tools to being the... Continue Reading →
In June of 2016, I left the role of building principal, one I held for eleven years spanning two districts in Massachusetts, and transitioned to a central office position to support digital learning and innovation in Milford Public Schools. As I’ve transitioned to this new role, I’ve learned more about what it means to be... Continue Reading →
As someone who went back to school, and never thought I would, at 43 - I can tell you being a continuous learner has benefited me as an educator and a leader. When I saw Continuous Learning and assessment as one of Milford's 4 big district goals I was thrilled because that is a sign... Continue Reading →
While “the boss,” or principal, may be the one who leads a school’s digital initiative, any staff member or student can demonstrate leadership to enhance learning. As Donald McGannon said, “leadership is action, not position.” School leadership, which is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, students, and families toward... Continue Reading →
Click to listen to 21st Century learning tools that I shared to increase engagement that educators can implement for blended learning.
The photo says it all "Tools that your entire schools can use, together". Click to read a short overview and I plan to load of the “Google Tools” page of this blog as a support for students and Educators of Milford. CHECK BACK OFTEN and share your ideas.