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The highlight of this past week was attending the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Conference. This annual event provides an opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, and stay abreast of changes in the ever-changing world of...
The last two weeks have been busy ones, but a good ones. My thanks to the Illinois Principals Association for having me as one of the keynote speakers for the IPA Assistant Principal & Deans Conference. The subject was “Time...
The subject for this article was shaped by two totally independent conversations, both held within one week. I had the pleasure of conducting a full-day workshop with a group of east Tennessee administrators. One of the principals had heard me...
I recently purchased a new laptop computer, and it is running Windows 8. After hearing much complaining around Cyberspace about the absence of the “Start “menu, I was surprised at how quickly I was able to get up to speed...
In school all across America, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is part of the daily routine. In this video, Red Skelton recalls a teacher who took this recitation a step further, and explains the words contained in the pledge. As...
The last three posts have examined the value of checklists. In this final post on the subject, we will take one more goal from beginning to end. Putting quality teachers in every classroom is at the top of every principal’s...
In the last post, I talked about the checklists which I have maintained in the Notes section of Outlook, and now do so in a notebook called “Checklists” in Evernote. In this post, I will show how I work through...
Consider these items: Making a coconut cake Enrolling a student in school Ending a grading period Packing for an out-of-town trip All of these activities have some commonalities: They have a number of steps involved in order to be complete....
I like simple concepts, because the simple things are usually the things which wind up working. One shining example is The Checklist Manifesto, a book written by a surgeon and aimed at saving lives. The premise of the book? Develop...
“Want a free computer? Just forward this e-mail to 8 people.” Not only did someone send me that e-mail, but it’s the third time in the course of a week I had gotten the same one. Shouldn’t I forward it...