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Remember the Golden Rule

Listen education leader, you have to remember to be gracious…even when you don’t always feel others deserve it. It costs you nothing to keep it classy and the effort pays off in spades. The teachers/principals/students that you look...
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My North Louisiana Education Experience

North Louisiana has the right idea about education partnerships and collaboration
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Nancy Tooraen Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Meet Nancy Tooraen one of the many wonderful education professionals that I met this weekend at #Edcamp nLA (north Louisiana) and one of the sponsors responsible for making the #Edcamp happen. If you haven’t already, go...
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Don’t be greedy

You are NOT a super hero and it is okay. There. Now that we have gotten the difficult part out of the way let’s discuss what I mean by greed. One of the tricky things about...
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Celebrate. OFTEN.

Remember to CELEBRATE your teachers and students! I am going to push you beyond monthly assemblies to do something daring! In the schools I have visited, I have seen positive phone calls home made by administrators...
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Success is Systematic

One of my favorite education authors is Mike Schmoker. In his book Focus he writes, “Simplicity, clarity, and priority are intimately linked. For an organization to maintain a focus on its highest priorities, it must simplify and...
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If you display GRIT others will follow

  In the words of a person I respect we sometimes need to, “Grip the thorns so that we can smell the rose” some things in our professional lives definitely do not go as planned. That...
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It is okay to let go!

One of my absolute favorite education thinkers is Frederick Hess and his call to Cage Busting Leadership. He writes, “Leadership always entails two complementary roles. One is coaching, mentoring, nurturing, and inspiring others to forge dynamic,...
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PLEASE GIVE CLEAR CONSISTENT FEEDBACK!

I had to put it in all caps so that you would understand the urgency behind this post. Do you want to know what your teachers/students/principals really want from you? In a word, it is feedback....
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Being a #Connected Educator is Crucial

This is a quick tip for every education leader. We are done with the days of building relationships solely over a good cup of coffee much the same way that we are done with sit and...
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