Standard 1 and Standard 3 Meta-reflection: Instructional Planning & Curriculum [Leadership in Applied Curriculum: Independent Study]

Standard 1 Instructional Planning Designs and monitors long and short-term plans for students’ academic success.  Standard 3 Curriculum Provides knowledge and skills that bring academic subjects to life and are aligned with state content standards. There is much work to be done in schools in general but especially in schools that are undergoing a great […]

The Public Relations of Administration

Once again, I am reminded that nurturing relationships with others is one of the fundamental duties of an administrator. It is through the skillful building and cultivation of relationships that are built on trust, and where both parties buy-in to a shared vision of what’s best for students and the school, that administrators gain support […]

Self-Reflection on Effective Instructional Leadership

It’s nearly 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 7…at least, in my small corner of the world in Indonesia. Back in the greater Seattle-area it’s barely Saturday morning and really, if you’re a Friday night party-goer, it’s still technically Friday night. But I digress. You see, time is on my mind and I really don’t have […]

The Purpose of Schools

“Schools began in ancient time as places set apart from the real world…the theory and practice dichotomy is nothing new…the idea that a school ought to provide both abstract and practical experience is largely a twentieth century convention” (Ellis, 2004, p. 150-151). What is the purpose of schools? This simple yet fundamental question has been […]

Never Say Never Again

Not ever Not once On no occasion At no time… Never. Never in the wildest dreams of my “possible self” did I imagine me as a school principal. Though I felt the time was right to begin the transition into a more focused leadership role, I was quite content to take the safe route of […]

Theory into Practice: Building Confidence Through Doing

“Education is a people business”. There has been numerous times over the past four years that I’ve heard my husband utter this simple truth when explaining his most fundamental role as an administrator; whether interacting with teachers, support staff, Board members, students or parents, establishing a productive and foundational relationship is key. I’ve always nodded […]

Gaining a New Perspective in a Foreign Land

I had no idea. I mean, I knew that administrators put in long hours, working under a heavy stress load to ensure that good things are happening for kids. But truly, I had no comprehension of the level or type of stress that is inherent with juggling multiple projects simultaneously, dealing with a demanding Board […]