The Progress Report

A Jimmy Fallon Special

Last Tuesday I had Lindsay Zilly, (@iCoachLindsay) Director of Professional Learning with the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (@ideaillinois) to the Kane County Regional Office of Education.  I had asked Lindsay …

The Coaching Confusion

Jane Kise, Elena Aguilar, Jim Knight, Diane Sweeney….all considered experts in their field, published authors, with different key ideas and visions for coaching.  With so many various models available and …

Are You at Risk??

Physically and mentally exhausted, disheveled, overwhelmed…..these are the adjectives I would use to describe how I typically feel at the end of facilitating an Administrator’s Academy or workshop.  After countless …

Parent Teacher Conferences

It’s November, which for many of us, indicates that it is time for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Early in my career I dreaded parent teacher conferences. I collected student work samples, …

A Little HS Love

I was, what I consider to be, a traditional high school student.  I played softball and volleyball, I earned okay grades (could have done WAY better), got in my fair …

Mind Boggling Math

Growing up I always enjoyed math.  I felt that math was very black and white, I loved that there was a “right” and “wrong” answer to problems.  The fact that …

Behavior Management

Last week, I attended my daughter’s kindergarten parent night.  As a former teacher and principal, I vowed to never be the parent that “attacks teachers” or believes 100% of the …

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 …