So last year I started a Coding Club...with kindergarten students. Oh it get's better-I haven't been a 'teacher' in over a decade! The Woodson Coding Club started first on a personal passion-to find out more about my son's love of robotics. This passion grew into a mission to provide our youngest learners opportunity to create,... Continue Reading →
During the past two years our school staff has gone #ALLIN using the PLC model. The work of these teams is incredible. From creating actionable SMART goals to developing comprehensive common formative assessments in reading and math (with 15 sections of the same grade in the same school) our journey has been fast and exciting.... Continue Reading →
During my #MiracleMorning I have gathering a few WordSwags and other graphics that have challenged and changed how I lead-feel free to use!
Recalibrate meaning, definition, what is recalibrate: to make small changes to an instrument so that it measures accurately. Cambridge English Dictionary. Oh February.....this season of the year. Winter conferences, family activities, indoor recess, limited daylight and germs everywhere. At times the pace of this season can really knock me off my center. The hours... Continue Reading →
Honored to spend time with Daniel Bauer and discuss what it takes to lead a little differently to meet the needs of students today. Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast.
It seems everybody is talking about Professional Development (PD), and the conversation isn’t always pretty. Suffice it to say, most people agree that PD could be better. This blog post is dedicated to teachers and principals who want more from their professional learning. I teamed up with Dr. Brad Gustafson, principal at Greenwood Elementary in Wayzata,... Continue Reading →
Weird Principals. Have you ever heard that advice “Just be yourself” and ever actually really do it? We try so hard in leadership positions to be what we think others want us to be, remembering the many, many leadership ‘characteristics’ that are apparently so vital for success. We read, try to imitate,... Continue Reading →
Guilt. I feel it everyday. Not getting to school early enough. Not leaving school to get home soon enough. Somedays I feel more like I have failed to meet everyones needs, or accomplish everything I 'think' I should be doing. This feeling isn't just for principals-teachers and other professionals feel it as well. This weekend our 'plans'... Continue Reading →
Last year over break I worked on the 20 '16' ways-this year I took a little turn on the post. In order to really make a positive impact for students-it is key that we as the adults are coming from a place of positivity, mutual appreciation and respect for others as well. During the 2016-17 school year... Continue Reading →