Tweet As a classroom teacher I engaged in several years of “professional development” before transitioning to a role of technology specialist, my first opportunity to design and facilitate learning sessions for my colleagues. Now as a building administrator, I often think back to the PD I experienced as a teacher. There are very few instances… Read More


Tweet “How do we get reluctant administrators on board with utilizing technologies to communicate, connect, and collaborate?” This is one of the most prevalent questions I encounter when chatting with educators on Twitter, through informal conversations, and in presentations I’ve shared. It came through loud and clear in the Connected Principals ISTE session that teachers… Read More


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Tweet So a little bird tweets me that there is some sort of list out and about that has my name on it. Neat-o! Only, upon further inspection, I examined the list and realized, Hey. Let’s all simmer down here. The fact that my name appears on that list is silliness. I know for a… Read More


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Tweet In many school districts, when summer arrives, administrative teams come together for the annual “admin retreat.” When I first heard this term, I envisioned principals and central office personnel packing up their camping gear, overdosing on bug repellant, and venturing into the Pennsylvania woods somewhere to discuss the trials and tribulations of the role… Read More


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Tweet This line in Jonathan Martin’s latest post on Connected Principals really resounded with me. As administrators, we need to be the lead learners in our organizations. Period. In the spirit of Bill Ferriter, slidemaster, I created this visual to share. Go out and learn something today. And then tell someone else about it. Link… Read More


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Tweet I think natural fears of immersing oneself in virtual environments to learn through digital media are a) that facets of your personality will be clouded and b) there is an inability for true “human” interactions to occur. I would agree this is a possibility, but I argue that it is not a guaranteed result… Read More


Tweet If it is one-of-those-days (weeks, months), and you are in need of inspiration, please watch Sarah Kay’s TED talk, If I should have a daughter. Sarah is a spoken word poet and a gifted storyteller. She shares some very meaningful lessons with us through her talk, lessons that while simple in design, require commitment… Read More


Tweet   This piece was originally posted on Powerful Learning Practice’s Voices from the Learning Revolution blog. Visit Voices and be inspired! “The principalship is the kind of job where you’re expected to be all things to all people.” (Fullan, 2001) “Wanted: A miracle worker who can do more with less, pacify rival groups, endure… Read More


Tweet Connecting with others through social media? Good. Getting too comfortable in the same circle of colleagues and not taking the time to branch out into new networks or interact with new members of the virtual community? Bad. Over the past few weeks I had the privilege to meet, face-to-face (what a luxury!) some new… Read More


Tweet Since much of the most relevant knowledge on the edge is tacit knowledge, edge participants naturally place a heavy emphasis on building diverse networks of relationships that will help them to collaborate more effectively with others in the creation of new knowledge. For this reason, conferences and other gatherings where participants can share stories… Read More