Thank You Educators!

Thank You Educators!

As our nation pauses this week to consider Thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to recognize the many great educators I am thankful for.  I can’t possibly mention them all by name, so I will group them by characteristics.  If you are an educator, I’m sure you know many of these people as well.  Please take a moment this week to send them a note to let them know they are appreciated.

I am thankful for:

Great educators that work with my children every day.
My wife, who is an outstanding Educator!  She improves the lives of her students [...]

The Day My Wife Became a Believer!!!

The Day My Wife Became a Believer!!!

“With Deal, Staff at 2 Struggling Schools in Brooklyn Must Reapply for Jobs.”  When I read that headline last Saturday on the New York Times website my mind was flooded with vivid memories.  I had a similar experience as an Assistant Principal with Fort Wayne Community Schools.  When President Obama’s Race To The Top initiative was in its beginning stages many districts were seeking “innovative approaches” to educational reform.

One of the “Innovative Approaches” tried by Ft. Wayne Community Schools was to notify all of their High School Assistant Principals that their contracts would be [...]

The Book That Changed My Life

The Book That Changed My Life

I was living a content life as a school administrator in a small town when a colleague said to me, “I just finished a book you have to read, it’s called Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki.”  At the time I was taking some doctoral level classes at a campus 3 hours from home and had to make the trip twice a month.  My goal was to become a school Superintendent.  I thought the book would help pass the time on the trip, so I got the audio version and popped it in the [...]

Goal Setting – A Roadmap for Success

Goal Setting – A Roadmap For Success

This weeks post is about goal setting.  In the article linked below Natalie Bounassar discusses the importance of goal setting and how goals can be used to create a road map for success.  Natalie discusses the importance of short, medium and long range goals and uses a great analogy to help illustrate her point.  I believe strongly in the importance of goal setting for a number of reasons.  As Natalie suggests, goal setting can be used to create a plan, but good goals will also help you manage your time, your priorities and help you [...]