Legendary Leadership Badge (August 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (August 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Since…

Misalignment of Expectations

School leaders, here is some prep work you need to do in order to have some strategic, purposeful conversations with individual staff members prior to the school year getting away from us.   Make a list of the students who failed last year’s content specific state accountability tests and/or the district’s end of the year…

Know Your “WHY” – School Version

There is a lot of time and energy being spent on finding your “WHY” as an organization. I’ve thought a lot about it myself, for a number of years.  Here is my current thinking…   The finding your “why” is important for most enterprises. I need a “why” I build, transport and/or sell widgets.  …

Top LYS Tweets – August 19, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   I didn’t win the rich Daddy lottery, so I needed…

Top LYS Tweets – August 12, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   “The essence of leadership is not to portray yourself as…

How To Make Sure That Your Training Initiative Fails – Part 3

The last two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) addressed the facts that your training initiative has next to no chance to succeed if you introduce it with, “I know you already do this,” and then leave to go do something “more important.”   To absolutely guarantee failure, complete the “waste of money, effort and…

How To Make Sure That Your Training Initiative Fails – Part 2

Yesterday (How To Make Sure That Your Training Initiative Fails – Part 1), we discussed the fact that you can ensure that your inservice training will be a waste of time, if you introduce the training with, “I know you already do this.” Here’s the next thing you can do to ensure failure… Don’t attend…

How To Make Sure That Your Training Initiative Fails – Part 1

Teacher inservice season is right around the corner, if it hasn’t already begun in your district. The next three posts are quick hitters on how to ensure that all the training you do is a complete waste of time. Which I’m assuming must be the intent at most campuses because we see these mistakes over and over…

Top LYS Tweets – June 24, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Zip Codes—the best indicator of school quality in most American…

Why You Really Want The Promotion Somewhere Else

We all want the promotion that opens up where we are right now.  The teacher wants the Assistant Principal job on his campus. The Assistant Principal wants the Principal job on her campus. The Principal wants the Assistant Superintendent job in his district. The Assistant Superintendent wants the Superintendent job in her district.   There…

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

Principal Search

The clock is ticking… Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference; TEPSA Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); RISE Education Conference Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

The Promotion

It’s that time of year again. The time when the promotion opportunities begin to open up. Teacher to Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal to Principal, and Principal to Assistant Superintendent. It’s the time of year when educators pull me aside and say, “I’m ready.”   Most of those people aren’t.   Sure, they have the skill…

Principal Search – Closing Soon

Don’t wait! Interviews start next week!! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference; TEPSA Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; FCSTAT Summer Conference (Keynote); Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); RISE Education Conference Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Top LYS Tweets – June 17, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Having gone to school doesn’t make you qualified to debate…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (May 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (May 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

Principal Search – Texas Elementary School

Do you have what it takes? Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: TASSP Summer Conference; TEPSA Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; FCSTAT Summer Conference (Keynote); Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote); RISE Education Conference  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

The School Calendar

I see this happen every year, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why smart people make the same mistake over and over again.   The state has an accountability test that is administered sometime between mid-April and mid-May.  The dates of these tests are published at least a year in advance.…

Top LYS Tweets – May 28, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   Regardless of what you may believe or rationalize, not attending…

Logical and Reasonable Can Be A Treacherous Path

The school year starts.  The campus has a mapped scope and sequence that is aligned to state accountability requirements. If the mapped scope and sequence is followed with rigorous fidelity, state accountability standards will be met or exceeded.   Then the real world happens.  There are weather days; teachers are absent; students don’t pick up…

Top LYS Tweets – May 20, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   You did not wake up this morning to be mediocre.(By…

Response to Barriers – The Complete Series

Based on reader requests, here is the entire Response to Barriers Series, edited as one post.   This short essay will address seven primary barriers to changing instructional practices and the appropriate response by leadership.   The Response to Barriers – Ignorance   The first barrier to changing instructional practices is ignorance, meaning that there…

Top LYS Tweets – May 13, 2019

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   School administrators, the craft has evolved over the past 20…

Improving Adult Practice

You read yesterday’s post, “The Quick Way to Improve Schools.”   Now you are thinking, “Ok, makes since. If I want to improve the performance of my school, I have to improve teacher practice in every classroom.”   How hard can that be?   Only the hardest thing ever. Because to change teacher practice in…

The Quick Way To Improve Schools

Excuse me while I scream into a pillow for a minute… Thank you.   I just had a conversation with a school leader who said, “But what I really need is a quick way to improve schools.”   There is only one way to quickly improve a school. Separate the students with superior wealth, connections,…

PowerWalks Legendary Leadership Badge (April 2019)

There are those that don’t understand the power of reflective observation.  They mistakenly believe that there is nothing to learn after a few cursory visits to a classroom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, the most important key to building insight and deeper understanding about teaching and learning is to engage in…

PowerWalks Hero Schools (April 2019)

In furtherance of a LYS Nation tradition, we will take this time to tip our caps to the campuses that have embraced the most important step in creating and maintaining an action oriented professional learning community.  These are the campuses that have conducted an extraordinary number of formative classroom observations in a given month.  Below…

Don’t Be The Limiting Factor

I was recently talking to a good, young Principal whose campus is beginning to separate itself from its peers. This is a Title I campus that is now outperforming a number of non-Title I campuses in the area. The campus is buzzing and there is a new feeling of HOPE spreading throughout the staff and…
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