Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water

Leadership, in its many forms and permutations really comes down to a basic human desire; to feel a sense of empowerment and control over the direction of one’s life, whether that is in the classroom, home or the greater community. As discussed by Smylie, Conley & Marks (2010) the concerns of teacher leaders are no […]

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 […]

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 […]