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July 22, 2017 08:50 AM PDT

In this episode we’re talking with Kim Hansel. Ms. Hansel has been in the educational arena for 18 years. She is a national educational speaker and trainer, and an assistant principal. We’ll chat with her about her areas expertise in differentiated instruction and using engaging methodology and teaching with the brain in mind. in a bit but before we do so we’ll get into her educational journey.

Summary of Educational Journey
From cloning mice and research to tutoring and youtube tutorials to alternative ed math teacher to assistant principal and national coach and trainer Kim Hansel’s educational Journey has had numerous challenges and successes. She left the research looking to share her passion for mathematics with students at an alternative high school and found she loved teaching. From there she got her masters in education and has been in the educational field ever since. While a teacher she also became an educational consultant. She performed so well in that role that a principal at a school she was consulting for asked her to come on board as an assistant principal.

Challenges
Giving professional development as instructional leader and then doesn’t get incorporated into the classroom

Providing additional support [to instructional staff] when you’re doing a bazillion different things.

Solution
Modeling good instruction, teaching a lesson, tends to be the best way to get that information incorporated into the classroom.

Use screencasting when don’t have an opportunity to go into a classroom to demonstrate how to incorporate different technologies into class.

Advice for New Principals
When providing pd it’s important to be able to have someone model what you’re looking for in the classroom.

It’s great to have coaches around to say here’s what we’re looking for to incorporate into the classroom and to have them sit in on the pd so they know what’s going on. Then send them into the classroom to help support those teachers with implementation.

Coaching is a great option for overworked principals and assistant principals to help with instructional leadership.

Tweetable Quotes
“Differentiation is important for reaching all students.” Kim Hansel
“Differentiate by modes of reception, visual auditory verbal kinesthetic.” Kim Hansel

Words of Wisdom
You can give all this great professional development and all this information, strategies and great ideas but it doesn’t always get incorporated into the classroom that where you have to provide additional support.

The more modes of reception you can cover the more likely you are to get information retained by the student.

I’m talking to you and your listening, that’s not the way to get material into a student’s brain. It’s important that we’re trying different things in the classroom.

About her Coaching and Trainings
Kim provides real examples of how she incorporates differentiated instruction and the impact it has on student learning. You can visit her website here to learn more.

Books she recommends
Basic Principles Of Curriculum And Instruction by Ralph Tyler
Teaching With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen

Contact Information
http://kimhanselspeaks.com
kimhanselspeaks@gmail.com

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the howtobeagreatprincpal.com and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies which also has quick and easily digestible pointers. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 21, 2017 10:57 AM PDT

I’ve been on a work vacation. During the work part I attended one of the break out sessions and the topic was implementing school renewal initiatives with integrity. This got me thinking of all the different initiatives that get started within a school system. Every time there is a new leader something new is happening. With the amount of turnover in central office leadership, at the principal and even at the teacher level is it any wonder that everyone is cynical when it comes to new programs. These 3 signs are indicators that your brand new shiney plan will fail and are based off the presentation at the Achievement Centered Leadership conference.

Unfocused Target
You may have heard the saying if you’re trying to sell to everybody you’re not going to sell to anybody. The idea is you have to know exactly who your target audience is or your product will get lost among all the other products. The same idea applies here. You have to know specifically the portion of your student body that you are looking to impact with a new initiative. An example of this for our school is a mentor/internship program that we are rolling out for our seniors. We did a survey of parents and students asking what would be most beneficial in helping them learn future career goals. A mentor was the overwhelming common answer. The segment of the population you’re targeting and the new plan must be chosen based on the data that you’ve collected. If you don’t have a focused target your plan will fail

No Metric for Measurement
If you don’t have a way to measure success how will you know you’ve achieved it? Not only must you have a way to measure the outcomes of your plan you have to make sure that you are consistently monitoring progress. If we continue with the example above of the mentor program. We have to know what success looks like. One indicator of success could be the student's new depth of knowledge about the job they are exploring with their mentor. A consistent means of monitoring would be a weekly writing assignment where they journal what they’ve learned that week. At the end of the program a career fair in which they share what they’ve learned could be the final measure. Without a metric of measurement and knowing what success looks like any new initiative will fail.

Poor Personnel
Picking the wrong people is probably the biggest mistake that can be made. Knowing your staff and which ones will be able to carry out the task and buy in to the initiative are key components to any type of success. You might have a “favorite” staff member whom you typically tap to lead. Depending on what the initiative is this person may not be the right one for the job. In this case, it’s our job to select and grow another leader who is better suited. Not only does this ensure a greater chance for success but it creates that buy in. To complete the example scenario, I have a SLC (small learning community) leader that is usually the one who heads up school objectives. In this case the counselor and a member of the district from outside the school is helping to organize and run the program. This frees up the SLC leader to focus on other things, empowers the counselor, and creates a relationship with another member of the school community. Picking the wrong person to head a new initiative is a sure fire way for a new plan to fail.

Having an unfocused target, no means for measuring success, and picking the wrong personnel are 3 signs that your new initiative will fail. What are some other indicators you’ve come across that are warning signs? Please share your observations in the comment section below. If you’ve found the article helpful, entertaining, or cause for reflection please share with your colleagues.

Make sure to check back in on saturday for the latest interview. Last week we chatted with Dr. Sharon Porter who helps assistant principals prepare themselves to lead. This week we get to talk to Kim Hansel she is a
National Educational Speaker and Trainer & Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Youth Connection Leadership Acadamy

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the howtobeagreatprincpal.com and/or pre order my newest book for free How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies which also has quick and easily digestible pointers. I’ve already hit my goal of 10 pre orders before publication but I’m keeping it free until it goes live on Amazon in the next few days. So put in your pre order soon if you’re interested. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 21, 2017 07:54 AM PDT

All right I’ve been on vacation this past week so I missed out on dropping this on Tuesdays. However, I’m getting back on track and
In Today’s episode we’re discussing: 10 Things only Principals at a Sanctuary School constantly focus on

Just last weekend I went out to eat with my wife and our five kids. It was a local coney island that my wife and I often frequent because we know exactly what we’re going to get and the surprisingly high quality of the food. We brought the kids this time because it was her birthday. The number of us eating is important because what I’m going to say next isn’t based on a small sample size. The food wasn’t as good as it typically is. When we asked the server where the regular chef was she informed us that he had been picked up by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement). This got me thinking of our chefs family and especially his children. This man has been working in the restaurant for at least the last 15 years. Which means his children have established friendships and relationships within our school system. The following are 10 things only principals that are attempting to create sanctuary schools must focus on in a scary political environment for our students.

Promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students.
Have a robust ELL program.
Send out newsletters in more than one language.
Have a graduation ceremony that includes an interpreter.
Consistently celebrates multiple cultures throughout the school year.
The staff works towards cultural proficiency.
Minority students come to school at the same rate as the general student body.
Immigration and Customs officials treat your school as a “sensitive location”.
Multiple staff members speak some of the languages of your student body.
Students’ families bring food in to share with you and members of your staff.

While most schools may touch on these 10 components from time to time principals that are creating a sanctuary school must focus on these. What are other ways schools can demonstrate a commitment to all children? Share your views in the comment section below.

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the howtobeagreatprincpal.com and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies which also has quick and easily digestible pointers. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 15, 2017 09:37 AM PDT

In Today’s episode we talked with National presenter, podcast host, Educational Leadership Coach, CEO of PerfectTime SHP and Author Dr. Sharon Porter, Dr. Porter is the author or co author of at least 1/2 dozen books. We discuss her newest one, Next in line to lead: The Voice Of The Assistant Principal. We get into the inspiration for that book a bit later in the conversation but before we do so. We get into her educational journey.

Summary of Dr. Porter’s Educational Journey:
She had an amazing fourth grade teacher and decided to become a teacher because of that fourth grade teacher. That teacher instilled love of teaching and the love of education. While Dr. Porter was a teacher she observed individuals around her and listened to the bios of individual and presenters that would come to the school.

What intrigued her was that they held so many positions. As she contemplated moving from assistant principal to principal she wanted to be able to have as many different positions under her belt as she could so she could have a more global perspective.

As an assistant principal she wasn’t sure she could do the job. Once she held two different central office jobs however one in which she was a regional instructional specialist her mind changed. It was this job where she assisted principals and the superintendent with principal issues, that she realized she could do the job of principal.

Her biggest challenge in the role of principal was dealing with the politics of the position. It really depended on where she was and what was going on in the community. If it was an incorporated town, if it had a mayor or town council. In her school district it really varied. So the struggle for her, especially as a new principal, was trying to make sure all the stakeholders were involved. She overcame the challenge of the politics by really focusing in on her communication skills and being transparent. She also made sure to include all stakeholders.

Advice for new principals:
Make sure you extend yourself and learn all that you can. All that learning isn’t going to come from your building. Be the aggressor and extend yourself to other mentors, other coaches, and other places. Build the relationship with stakeholders and the community it enables you to go so much further.

Her Plan for including the stakeholders include:
A monthly chat with the principal
An executive meeting with PTA
Extend invitations
Plan exactly what rolling out for each particular group
Have consistent structure

Tweetable Quotes:
Make sure all the players are involved. Dr. Sharon Porter
Don’t do anything in isolation include those stakeholders. Dr. Sharon Porter
You want to be inclusive and make sure all stakeholders are at the table. Dr. Sharon Porter
We are the leader of the school but not the only investor in the school. Dr. Sharon Porter
The children, the students, our scholars are our first priority. Dr. Sharon Porter
All decisions made in the best interest of our scholars Dr. Sharon Porter
Relationships are key. Dr. Sharon Porter
There is nothing that is going to prepare you ( for the principalship) until you get there. Dr. Sharon Porter

Words of Wisdom:
If you’re a high school principal you definitely want to have that student voice as part of decisions because they really bring to the table an insight that maybe you don’t have.

As a school leader you must build and maintain positive relationships.

It does not matter how many programs you have, in a school district or outside a school district. [when it comes to preparing assistant principals] What matters is that day to day mentoring and coaching that’s provided by that principal.

There is nothing that is going to prepare you ( for the principalship) until you get there.

When the principal sits down and really takes the time to be a mentor to be a coach that’s where you see the progress in the assistant principal.

Advice for Introverted Principals:
Make sure to plan and be detailed
Take energy breaks
Have alone time to recharge

About her book:
The inspiration for her book Next in line to lead: The Voice Of The Assistant Principal originated with her dissertation. She was looking to answer the question of how assistant principals, across the country, were being prepared to lead. Within the book are phenomenal stories of assistant principals and the journeys they’ve been on to take the next leadership step.

Her greatest take away from the stories she collected was the importance of the principal in preparing the assistant principal for the job.

Books she recommends:
The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide To Building Exceptional Schools by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
Good to Great By James Collins

July 13, 2017 05:13 PM PDT

When we think about how to become a great principal we often talk about the best practices. We discuss the power of shared leadership, strong school culture, safety, and efficient processes and procedures. But we also need to evaluate ourselves and make sure we’re not doing some of the worst practices out there. Some of these practices are built into our personalities and hard to avoid. These three worst practices should be avoided and rooted out at all costs.

Destroying Leadership Potential
Acting as if, and even worse believing, you’re the only one with the answer and the smartest person in the room is one of the worst practices a principal can have. Humans are wired to notice the negative aspects of life. Only providing negative feedback and blaming others when things don't work are two easy ways to destroy any type of self sufficiency in your building. Thinking you’re the only one that can solve the problems others are making adds to this poor practice. Additionally, taking the credit publicly when something is fixed will definitely get you the side eye and could lead to a full scale mutiny.

Neglecting Personal wellness
With the long hours and inconsistent eating schedule finding time to take care of yourself often falls by the wayside. Being at your worst mentally and physically will ensure your decisions will often be less than ideal. Having low energy will make you short tempered and you will have a hard time connecting with you staff. This will ensure that your building is a place in which your staff is worried, stressed and afraid to make mistakes. In an environment like that, discipline problems are bound to be higher than you would like.

Don’t do what you say
This can be a hard practice to avoid especially if your upper administration are poor communicators. Sometimes your can say one thing then everything changes without notice and you have to go back on your word. This is a key component in destroying your building culture. You can say, “all hands on deck” then stay in your office and let others try to handle the emergencies. Being above the fray will absolutely cause a lack of respect. You can also say you have an open door policy, then make it clear by being on your phone or on your computer that you’re not interested in hearing what your staff has to say.

These 3 worst practices, destroying leadership potential, neglecting your health, and not keeping your word can ruin your building. What other practice of poor leaders do you avoid? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more
For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the http://www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com/ and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 11, 2017 03:13 PM PDT

I recently lost three of my staff members to a better looking, higher status, and more lucrative district. I have to admit that the only way I found out, wasn’t because they were displaying any outward tells, but because they were exposed. These were excellent members of the staff, hard working, creative, team oriented and dedicated to the students. Once one left however, some of the others followed suit. The following are three ways to tell if your staff is leaving you for a better district.

Misty Eyes and Far away looks
As teachers begin to contemplate leaving they may begin to display some of this type of behavior. You might catch them looking fondly at a kid they were furious with just a few days or weeks earlier. You might see them shake their heads and smile and say things like “That’s just Blankty Blank.” instead of correcting the behavior. As staff decides to leave behaviors that once got on their nerves no longer does because they know there is an end in sight for them.

Brilliant Students
Another sign of teachers getting ready to leave may be a sudden uptick in classroom grades. Teachers may begin to take less time grading the papers that are being turned in as they prepare for another assignment. Perhaps there is less focus on the correct usage of a comma, capital city or congruence of a triangle. Or another indicator could be a sudden adherence to grades being turned in on time and the grade book updated. These changes in behavior could be signs that your staff has found another prospect.

Mopey Colleagues
More than likely your entire staff will know before you do that one of their members has found another. You may hear more expressions of black humor or innuendo as you’re walking through the halls. There may be awkward silence as you walk into a room where three or four teachers are gathered. You may also notice hugs and the giving away of valuables like staplers, rulers or lined paper. Or suddenly, teachers who never got along are now cordial as they realize they won't be seeing each other anymore. If you notice this type of behavior a staff member may be leaving.

As principals we are often the last to know that one of our valued staff members is leaving. It’s not even us, it’s them. The other district just might have more to offer. However, if you see misty eyes, an increase in grades and depressed staff members be prepared to find another.

What are some other ways you can tell if a staff member is leaving? Share your insights in the comment section below. If you found this post entertaining and/or informative please share.

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the http://www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com/ and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 08, 2017 02:42 PM PDT

In this episode we’re talking with Professor, national presenter, former principal and Author, Dr. Capelluti, Dr. Capelluti is the author of literally dozens and dozens of scholarly articles and of the book we're going to talk about today, The Savvy Principal: What Streetwise Principals Know.

From dreams of professional baseball and a school counselor's inventory report which suggested he join the clergy or be a mortician to a principal, speaker, author and professor in this episode we go on the educational journey of Dr. Jody Capelluti. We touch on that journey as well his book The Savvy Principal: What Streetwise Principals Know. In this conversation he provides valuable advice on what it takes to be a good principal.

Three of the main pieces of advice were:
Establish credibility
Everyone matters
Engage in Collaborative Decision Making
Find a district that matches your values

He also gives some insight into rapidly changing a school which included make sure you have a good rationale for the changes you’re making and have the data to support that rationale. Not only does he talk about strategies for changing school outcomes but he also gives some ideas for using staff differently so you get the best out of them.

As we get into a discussion about his book he provides some does and don’t on the whys and how of getting it published. As well as a numerous tips to think about as you organize and structure your school.

Tweetable Quotes:
“In a school nobody is more important than anybody else. We just have different jobs.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“New principals have to overcome the confidence factor.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“Your best employees want a say in significant decisions.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“A principal has to filter out what’s real and what isn’t real what’s enforceable and what isn’t enforceable.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“If you work together there’s a lot more bright people than just one person and a smart principal realizes that.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“Don’t work for a superintendent who is way out of shape or has no out of school activities. If they’re not going to take care of themselves they’re not going to take care of you.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“Communities are going to get what they want. They’re not going to change based on what you want.” Dr. Jody Capelluti

“The lack of definition in school policies (with regards to communicating with student families) is killing the balance between work and family.” Dr. Jody Capelutti

“If you’re at home doing emails on Sunday then something’s wrong” Dr. Jody Capelluti

Words of Wisdom for New(ish) Principals
Pick the right position.
Have the skills to stay at it
Principals are the key for teachers, students and schools to be successful

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If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the http://www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com/ and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 06, 2017 05:09 PM PDT

With the school year ended and most buildings empty of students, as principals we finally get a chance to take a breath. Once we do that a few times we know we gotta get back to work. When we reflect on our student count and think of ways to increase it marketing is the name of the game. In an era of increasing competition we know we have to stand out to capture the attention of families who have greater choice. How can we market our schools so that the values we stand for are represented? These three strategies can help support your enrollment goals.

Unique
This isn’t easy for a public school because we have to be everything for everybody. This makes it hard to stand out and be distinctive. One of the advantages that private and charter schools have is their ability to define their own niche. A private school can be religion based and focused solely on a particular faith or bring in a specific kind of athlete. Charter schools can have a specific theme or cater to specific ethnicities. As a public school finding your focus is essential to increasing school enrollment. This has traditionally been done through an emphasis on things like athletics or band. In today’s technological age, what are ways you can stand out from the crowd? Answering this question will help you be unique.

Remember, regardless of whether you’re a newly established principal or a veteran you are an expert at what you do. Your own particular values as the building leader can also help guide this search for uniqueness. You know exactly what the students need to do to be successful and you’re able to deliver it. The families in your community need you and your school’s particular expertise. Once you identify your one of a kind culture the next step is spreading the word.

So how do you deliver this information? The easiest way to do so is to use social media. Presumably your school already has a Facebook account. If it doesn’t, start one. According to Facebook stats, Facebook has the largest number of users between 25 and 35. That is a prime age for beginning families. Leverage your demographic data and use a social media platform to meet your families where they are.

While, as public schools we have to accommodate everyone, we can still specialize in certain areas. Using social media will help spread your unique characteristics and your school values. Even though school may be out for you reposting older content and reminding your families of your school’s unique qualities is a great strategy

Dependability
Another way to stand out is to be dependable. With every change in leadership schools lurch from one new directive to the next. This fosters uncertainty and parents aren’t sure from year to year what their child is going to get. Being uniform in what you offer to families and the community helps parents know what they’re going to see when they come in for their second and third child. With that consistent way of doing things the parents and the staff can confidently state what is happening year to year and promote your school. No one likes instability. Being unstable causes anxiety among your stakeholders and make choosing another option more likely. Be dependable and not only will families stand by you they’ll sell your school for you.

The most dependable assets at a school are also the greatest asset. The staff. Often we forget that they can do more than just teach. They have hundreds of contacts in their own email and social media accounts. Use them to help spread the word of how dependable and stable your school is. Once a month pass something onto them that they can share with those with whom they have influence. It could be as simple as a picture of them working with their students. Add a brief caption about how great the students are and send it to their friends and families asking them to share it with their friends. As the end of the year approaches have the teachers spread the word that they’ll be back and and are excited to see the new crop of kids. If this becomes a consistent practice you'll be surprised how far the word spreads. As the summer weeks role by remind your families of your dependability and how well you’ve cared for their child.

Fanatic
Being a fanatic about your passion is the secret ingredient to success and leads to sustained excellence. If you think of great Principals they demonstrate enthusiasm on a daily basis. This excitement helps principals promote their school because they're the first ones at the door in the morning greeting families, students, and staff as they come in.

A fanatical focus for the work can also lend itself to the creation of content. (this doesn’t mean overwork yourself smiley ) If you’re excited about the things you do particularly well, spread the word. Your school might have small learning communities or have a great curriculum. Write a blog post or an article highlighting the researched based reasons these unique qualities positively impact your students’ growth.

These families that you greet every day, you have them on an email list. In marketing this is one of the most valuable commodities because it give you direct access to those families. Use that list to share your content. Ask them to forward the email to families who might be interested in seeing the good things your school is doing. During the summer parents may be more likely to open these emails as they don’t want to miss any upcoming school events. Share your passion for your school and their children.

Successful Principals and by extension schools promote themselves with their “one of a kind” offering, dependability and fanatic focus on their passion for education. Using social media, leveraging your staff, and sharing your enthusiasm for education through content creation are easy ways to spread the positive word. These simple strategies can help you maintain and increase your student enrollment over the summer.
What are other strategies you use to stand out and what are ways that you connect and spread the word to your families? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the /www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com and/or pre order a free copy of my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 04, 2017 08:49 AM PDT

7/3/2017 The Principal Entrepreneur: The education revolution is here

The revolution is here. Education as previously envisioned is no longer viable. Public schools are over 200 years old They have been around so long and the thinking so entrenched that there is a belief that no one can do it better. Like The Big Three car companies of Detroit, MI were, public schools are stuck in an industrial age mentality. Schools are still run by the ringing of a bell, just like they signaled a shift change in old car factories. That mentality doesn’t work anymore, change is here.

As students age from early elementary to middle school or junior high age through high school respect is no longer automatically given to teachers and adults in authoritative positions. Why should it? The internet can provide the rote answer to any question faster and with seemingly more authority than a teacher. As traditional dispensers of knowledge we are obsolete.
Teachers, like the factory workers of the past are no longer in high demand, and as the demand lessens so does credibility, respect, and authority. Those of us in education have heard the false maxim, “those who can’t teach”. Is that becoming more real as each day passes? I don’t think so. But to those outside the daily grind it may appear to be the new reality. Why would anyone in their right mind want to teach. I’ve heard more educators than I can count discourage their child from becoming a teacher. Low pay, helicopter parents or their opposite seemingly disengaged parents, disrespectful students, and no status; who in their right mind would want to step into that?

As we chose to pick up the stylus and step into this field we know what we face and bravely stand in front of kids who have picked up society's disdain for our profession because we believe. We believe we can make a difference in the lives of our children. We believe we can show them how to behave appropriately in the very society that disregards us. We believe we are on the front lines of this education revolution.

To advance that line we must get off the pedestal and guide instead of lecture. We must demonstrate how to think and discern the fake from the real, how to balance our reality with that of another. We must provide multiple lenses from which to view an issue. We must show empathy by being open to the other. The world grows smaller as our ability to communicate globally expands. As educators we must let go of control and let the students show us what they want and let that be the entry point into a lesson. If we do these things they will learn how to think and in thinking change their world.

The education revolution is here. Do you still stand, do you still believe? Share your thoughts about the state of education in the comment section below.

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more
For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the http://www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com/ and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

July 01, 2017 05:19 AM PDT

In Today’s episode we’re talking with Principal, Amazon Best Selling Author, and Founder of Elite Aspirations Educational Programs Mrs. Tiffany Stallings. Mrs. Stallings is the author of the children’s book GiGi and Mimi: Mommy Works Too Much and The Bounce Back Mindset: How to Bounce Back when Life has Screwed You. We dive into the inspiration for her books a bit later in the conversation but before we do so we get into her origin story.

She talks about her who inspired her to become an educator. How she crashed and burned out trying to juggle a career, a business and a family. Lessons she learned from that experience and what she's doing differently this time around.

We also get into how she successfully started two schools in two years, how her life experiences influenced her two books and the advice she has for other ambitious school leaders.

Three pieces of advice that stand out are:

Make time to take care of yourself. Have goals beyond school and career.

New principals do not ever forget your time as a classroom teacher.

Don’t forget the reason why you became an educator.

Two books that inspired her professionally are:
Handbook for teachers of African American Children
The Principal 50
both by Principal Kafele

To find out more about Ms. Tiffany Stallings you can find her on all the social media platforms @ ohtiffanywrites .

If you’re a principal make sure you check out the new grant/scholarship available that honors the hard work you put in on a daily basis. K12 principals click here to learn more

For more short articles and tips that support educational leaders check out my blog at the http://www.theprincipalentrepreneur.com/ and/or pre order my newest book How To Be A Great Principal: 36 Shared Leadership Success Strategies. If you’re an auditory learner you can download my podcast The Principal Entrepreneur, new episodes weekly. To join the podcast as a guest email me at jonathanroyce@theprincipalentrepreneur.com. Finally, I’m part of a community of supportive principals please join our private FB group.

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