The Progress Report

Student First Language

It was my second day as a Principal (ever), I sat in the district-wide administrative team meeting sitting next to the Director of Student Services.  I made a comment to …

Raising Student Achievement

Congratulations to D300’s Christina Dahlberg from Algonquin Lakes Elementary School for being the first to respond to my blog last week, “As The Bell Rings”.  Christina will receive a $20 …

As The Bell Rings

As a teacher (and administrator), one of the things I enjoyed most about the beginning of a new school year was creating my daily schedule.  Yes, I know how lame …

Evaluation Epidemic

The ROE’s training room has been booked 8 of the past 10 business days with workshops and Administrator Academies.  Yes, it is a busy time of year with teacher license …

Stop the Madness

As an educator, I am constantly in shock of how many meetings we are“required” to attend.  Faculty meetings, data team meetings, PLCs, curriculum/team meetings, PTO meetings, parent/teacher conferences,  committee meetings, …

Ah…The End of May

Early in my career I couldn’t wait for May, not because I had survived another year and was one step closer to my tenure, although that was definitely an added …

Summer Slide

Most students, and educators, for that matter have started to count down the days until summer break.  I’ve seen many creative ways of doing this on Twitter/Pinterest – alphabet countdowns, …

My Failure Resume

I have been called an “experiential learner” – that I need to fail, get hurt, and make mistakes in order to learn and change my behavior.  As an experiential learner …