Clear Vision

Simon Sinek defines vision as “the ability to talk about the future with such clarity it is as if we are talking about the past”.  I like this definition because it demystifies a concept that has been unnecessarily muddied by leadership literature.  Vision is a necessary building block in every school including those of the … More Clear Vision

Student-Centered Beliefs

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  This statement is originally attributed to Peter Drucker and succinctly illustrates the need for studying and seeking to understand the impact of culture.  In an effort to engage in conversations on culture I have developed the model shown below. Today, I will discuss student centered beliefs and values.  It is … More Student-Centered Beliefs

What do you expect?

High expectations are a function of our deeply held beliefs about the students we work with.  The majority of my career has been in environments with significant levels of poverty.  I’ve seen first hand that many adults don’t expect the same thing from every student.  Many say that they love students while simultaneously lowering their … More What do you expect?

Influencing People

I had the pleasure of speaking about transforming culture at the ASCD Empower17 conference this weekend in Anaheim, California. I have enjoyed learning and connecting with educators from around the world including several members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN).  My talk focused practical ways to transform culture based upon my experience as a Principal.  … More Influencing People