Where are the Women Keynote Speakers?

Where are the Women Keynote Speakers? This post was collaboratively written by: Jessica Johnson Melissa Emler Heidi Hutchison Iram Khan Kaye Henrickson               Tia Henriksen                              In a recent discussion in our Women in Leadership oxer group,Continue reading “Where are the Women Keynote Speakers?”

Why I Lead

Recently, George Couros started a School Administrator Virtual Mentorship Program (#SAVMP) which over 300 educational leaders will participate in for the 2013/2014 school year (and beyond). One of the first questions we were given the opportunity to reflect on is an important one: Why do you lead? First of all, for me, and most educators,Continue reading “Why I Lead”

Leadership Lessons

I’ve been reflecting a great deal lately about what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about leadership and leading. I would like to share a few of these reflections here. During my nearly 8 years as a vice-principal (with two 6-month maternity leaves thrown in there), a number of leadership lessons stick out for meContinue reading “Leadership Lessons”

SD36 Admin Blog Reader Bundle and Other Reflections

I always seem to feel “behind the times” and trying to “catch up” – if that is at all possible.   HA HA! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity, along with some other administrators in my district who are also Digital Coaches, to have lunch with Bill Ferriter (@plugusin on Twitter).  Bill was presentingContinue reading “SD36 Admin Blog Reader Bundle and Other Reflections”

Leading the Learning

Our district is trying many new things in the area of technology, but more importantly, in the areas of creativity, collaboration, communication, and connections. We have a number of different opportunities in our district including a 6-part series called Engaging the Digital Learner Dinner Series for teachers and administrators.  We also have a 7-part seriesContinue reading “Leading the Learning”

Focusing on the Positive

One of my greatest strengths, I’ve been told, is my ability to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative. I see challenges as opportunities to grow and learn.  To get better. To improve. To demonstrate my strength of character. To lead. I make the conscious choice to always remain positive. The followingContinue reading “Focusing on the Positive”

My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post 2/10

I have been working as a Vice-Principal since August, 2005.  I have had the opportunity to work in three very different schools. For my first 2 1/2 years as a Vice-Principal, I was placed in a middle-class school with a high degree of parent involvement.  My second school was in a working-class area with aContinue reading “My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post 2/10”

100th Blog Post Series

I have been working on my 100th blog post for the last week, between Spring Break activities and sleep. Last night I realized that there was no way that I could post my post the way it was – the length it was. It was way too long!  If I left it like this, thereContinue reading “100th Blog Post Series”

Office as Punishment Vs Understanding

As administrators, we are often responsible for disciplining children. When students misbehave, they are often sent to the office.  There are many ways administrators can deal with children when they are sent to the office.  The office can be seen as a venue of punishment or of care and understanding.   Office as One ofContinue reading “Office as Punishment Vs Understanding”

Opportunities Abound

I have had my first week at my new school, filled with students, teachers, support staff, and parents.  It was a very busy week, full of drama and excitement.  I put in some very long hours this week and I don’t think I even sat down for more than 20 minutes the entire week.  IContinue reading “Opportunities Abound”