Strategy, action, vision, plans - OH MY. When entering educational leadership (or even being in it) - you may feel you are walking down the yellow brick road of leadership terms. However, knowing and identifying the main areas and a path to efficiently focus on what matters will help you develop a "real" culture of success... Continue Reading →
This morning a joined the #HackLearning chat moderated by @pammoran and @irasocol. There were so many great questions and learned a lot. The chat focused about changes we can make in learning and much more. Questions 1 asked: What do you know about the world of 2050 that lets you plan an education for that? My... Continue Reading →
I participated in a twitter chat Sunday night #iaedchat with the focus of time management. I try to participate in all twitter chats to become more efficient as a school leader. I also thrive as a learner by applying what I learned. So, I am throwing it out that that I am going to reflect... Continue Reading →
The ability to find a win-win situation is an important strategy when building a positive collaborative community. The definition of a win-win situation is working toward a mutually beneficial solution. Individuals in leadership or classroom roles are striving for “win-win” situations all the time. It is rare that you will find a win-win situation where... Continue Reading →
Providing push-in seamless services is becoming increasingly important in public education. More and more students are requiring specialized support and classroom educators are being asked to co-teach or plan with another educator in the classroom to provide targeted support and enrichment/intervention. Many support staff, intervention educators, related service providers, and para educators provide push-in education.... Continue Reading →
When the word “collaboration” is spoken in a school, it is not always welcomed with open arms. Educators or leaders who have had success or are comfortable working solo may feel they are being encroached on or that their ideas are being invaded. However, when your school community respects each other and acknowledges individual skills... Continue Reading →
This week our administrative team conducted class visits and we talked about students taking risks and teachers supporting the productive struggle of learners. Productive Struggle? I wanted to dive into that thought and since my #oneword18 is “write” I want to push myself and keep writing. So last night, I read, reflected, and then put... Continue Reading →
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 →
Before coming to Milford I served as a building principal for 10 years in Attleboro and Natick and in March 2016 I completed my doctorate in educational leadership. This post I will focus on Ways to be an effective educator. I took some ideas and strategies during my time as a principal and my research... 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 →
In my last post, I talked about Blended learning. I know that it is a risk for educators to move in that direction and want support and trust from their leaders during this shift. School leaders are asking educators to create a classroom culture where students think critically. Well then, innovative leaders should also be... Continue Reading →
I believe and have seen in classrooms that that the more students are engaged and take an active part in their learning, the more likely they are to perform well academically, obtaining higher grades and earn higher scores on standardized tests. Think about that - it makes perfect sense – bottom line – the higher... Continue Reading →
Click here to read my review and thoughts on Ch. 6&7 of Eric Sheninger's Book "Digital Leadership" about Public Relations and Branding
Click to listen to 21st Century learning tools that I shared to increase engagement that educators can implement for blended learning.
Episode 2 of MPS talks focuses on leadership action and the idea that "Leadership is Action not position" Click to watch MPS Talk
I had time to read more of Digital Leadership the past week and took a lot away from the content. Click this post to read my reflections on chapter 3-5.
Got a gr8 book: Digital Leadership by @E_Sheninger Looking 4ward to reading + bringing strategies to MPS #innovation. Click to read Ch. 1 and 2 review.
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.