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Leadership concepts for Assistant Principals, other school leaders, and those interested in leading others. Follow me on twitter @APInsight
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Message to Leaders: Speak with Conviction...Listen With Intention

Message to Leaders: Speak with Conviction...Listen With Intention | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Every now and then, I like to write about communication. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that the language we use has a lot to do with how others regard us. And, in leadership,...

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 19, 2014 9:48 AM

(From the article): If speaking with conviction gets people’s attention and earns their confidence, Listening with intention will help us to keep it. This is the kind of listening that demands our total presence. Our intention must be to suspend judgment; to resist the temptation to interrupt; to fight our tendency to build arguments in our heads while someone is talking. It requires us to explore; to question and to rephrase. This kind of listening comes from a conscious decision to truly understand what is being said. It does not require us to agree but it provides the opportunity for meaningful discussion that can lead to breakthrough thinking and effective collaboration.

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Principal: Building Parent Engagement

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Tell your story and have parents and the community see your school the way you want them to. 

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Bipartisan 'Protecting Student Privacy Act' Draft Released

Bipartisan 'Protecting Student Privacy Act' Draft Released | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
New draft legislation out of the United States Senate would force school districts to release the names of every company that has access to their students' private data and would prohibit companies from using any personally identifiable information for advertising or marketing purposes.
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How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Give a Great Presentation

How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Give a Great Presentation | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
That Dilbert comic is pretty accurate. Gallup says 40% of people fear public speaking — and some people fear it more than death. Jerry Seinfeld interpreted this as meaning that at a funeral, more people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

Via Bobby Dillard
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We can always use more advice on this topic.

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Response: Administrators Must Make 'Alliances With Students, Teachers & Parents'

Response: Administrators Must Make 'Alliances With Students, Teachers & Parents' | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Today, I'll be sharing guest responses from three educators -- Anne Reeves, Justin Tarte, and PJ Caposey -- to the question: How can curriculum leaders (Directors, principals) support the kind of curriculum innovation that it takes to truly differentiate and create lessons that students will remember beyond the next test?
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Great information for new administrators and veterans, too!

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The Six Roots of Healthy Leadership

The Six Roots of Healthy Leadership | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
In today’s complex world, great leadership calls for a new, more-personal model, one that rests on a foundation of six essential qualities or roots.
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Just in time for the end of the school year, here are some interesting thoughts on leadership to reflect on. 

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The Principal Story: PBS Film about Sch Principals Facing Ed Leadership Challenges

The Principal Story: PBS Film about Sch Principals Facing Ed Leadership Challenges | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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A wonderful resource from the Wallace Foundation especially designed to help train and provide professional development for principals and aspiring principals. 

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3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning

3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
If you're not making tough decisions, you're not doing it right.
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Curr. Dev.6 Checks To Connect Students & Standards

Curr. Dev.6 Checks To Connect Students & Standards | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Curriculum Development: 6 Checks To Thoughtfully Connect Students & Standards

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Some things to share with your teachers to promote growth and understanding for students. 

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Moving the 'un-moveable' teacher

Moving the 'un-moveable' teacher | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Google Inspired I've just had the pleasure of presenting at the EdTechTeam's Google For Education Summit and it was an excellent event. NZ Educators came away inspired and full to bursting with new...

Via Paula Jamieson
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Paula Jamieson gives some insight into teacher types and some help in getting reluctant ones get on board. 

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Paula Jamieson's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:53 PM

This really is interesting reading.......'Moving the 'un-moveable' teacher. It's interesting to reflect on how the ICT landscape has changed, previously I found myself delivering PD predominately on 'Web 2.0' tools and often finding 'new ways' to digitally create content. I am currently predominantly delivering iPad and 'Google Tools' PD - mixed in (thankfully) with a large dose of Blogging and 'Making Thinking Visible' - providing students with a voice and strengthening whanau home school partnerships. I love my job!

Paula Jamieson's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:54 PM
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This really is interesting reading.......'Moving the 'un-moveable' teacher. It's interesting to reflect on how the ICT landscape has changed, previously I found myself delivering PD predominately on 'Web 2.0' tools and often finding 'new ways' to digitally create content. I am currently predominantly delivering iPad and 'Google Tools' PD - mixed in (thankfully) with a large dose of Blogging and 'Making Thinking Visible' - providing students with a voice and strengthening whanau home school partnerships. I love my job!

Paula Jamieson's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:55 PM
 

This really is interesting reading.......'Moving the 'un-moveable' teacher. It's interesting to reflect on how the ICT landscape has changed, previously I found myself delivering PD predominately on 'Web 2.0' tools and often finding 'new ways' to digitally create content. I am currently predominantly delivering iPad and 'Google Tools' PD - mixed in (thankfully) with a large dose of Blogging and 'Making Thinking Visible' - providing students with a voice and strengthening whanau home school partnerships. I love my job!

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The "Principals" of Building Trust

The "Principals" of Building Trust | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Trusting relationships are a key factor of successful schools. Building a positive professional level of trust forms the foundation that allows staff, students, and communities to take risks, succeed,…
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Some sage advice for all administrators. The end of the year is a good time to review and plan. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:39 PM

I liked the numbering process the author used. If each "principle/principal" took time and sought honest feedback in each area, it might make a difference in schools.

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Take These Four Leadership Leaps

Take These Four Leadership Leaps | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
In 1919, Leslie Irvin became the first person to jump out of an airplane with a parachute. Think about that leap – once you jump, you are completely committed. You can’t turn back, you are heading ...
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#Leadership: Why does your Team Hate you ?

#Leadership: Why does your Team Hate you ? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

You are the Project Manager or a  Team Leader and you know that your team really hates you. 


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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, April 25, 2014 9:51 AM

Great article....thank you for sharing with us!

 

Micromanaging, not involving people with decisions that involve them, and treating people like resources instead of people are certainly top ways to get your team not to like you:)

 

What are other top things bosses do that get their teams to dislike them?

 

Would love to hear from you!

 

Until next time -- Live on Purpose!

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9 Ways to Get Stuff Off Your Plate

9 Ways to Get Stuff Off Your Plate | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Stop assigning tasks to yourself. Successful leaders leave meetings with fewer tasks, not more. Delegating is taking stuff off your plate and putting it on someone else's. But, if you’re always fil...
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Sharing leadership responsibilities is leading, too! 

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3 Principles for Authentic PLCs

3 Principles for Authentic PLCs | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Research supports the value of educator collaboration. A recent report from the Rennie Center confirms that when teachers collaborate, students benefit. Too often, however, professional learning within communities of peers is merely a label.
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Killion reminds us that the focus of our PLCs should be learning. 

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Support "tech - shy" teachers to see the benefits of technology in their classroom

Support "tech - shy" teachers to see the benefits of technology in their classroom | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Strategies to get your technology-shy teachers to take a chance on new tools.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Ivon Prefontaine
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Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:49 AM

Ninguna herramienta Tecnológica es infalible y ante ello siempre hay que tener un plan B...calma y asumir que navegamos en aguas caóticas que nos implicarán flexibilidad!!!!


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2014 4:49 PM

One thing that would be helpful is not to force digital technologies on good teachers. They need support and it can be provided by providing them with opportunities to plan their professional development. They other thing that is important is do not assume that resistance is being tech shy. I resisted, but am hardly tech shy. What I resisted was the external experts who thought they knew more about my teaching and students than I did.

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To Be a Better Leader, Learn How to Learn

To Be a Better Leader, Learn How to Learn | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Here’s the problem: More than ever before, change is the rule, not the exception, in business. Globalization means more competition. The technology that makes you better than your competition today is obsolete tomorrow. Any knowledge you already possess is depreciating at an accelerating rate. How do you cope with the instability of it all? 

 


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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:46 AM

Excellent tips!

 

I would like to offer one key philosophy that we at our company have been offering to our leaders.....Learning is not enough, we as leaders need to be constantly learning, unlearning, and re-learning.  The game has changed and the rules are evolving by the minute. 

 

Keep your running shoes on, the ride is exciting as long as you remain open, flexible, and adaptable to change.  Remember, if it is difficult...you are about to grow and learn something new. 

 

Hope you enjoy the article and my humble nuggets:)

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

 

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:50 AM

I would like to offer one key philosophy that we at our company have been offering to our leaders.....Learning is not enough, we as leaders need to be constantly learning, unlearning, and re-learning.  The game has changed and the rules are evolving by the minute. 

 

Keep your running shoes on, the ride is exciting as long as you remain open, flexible, and adaptable to change.  Remember, if it is difficult...you are about to grow and learn something new. 

 

Hope you enjoy the article and my humble nuggets:)

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

 

Christopher Janney's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:23 AM

The way we understand leadership today needs to evolve. Understanding that what you once knew that got you where you are is not enough to keep going is important. Understanding the new responsibilities and expectations of leaders is important. For instance, being a good leader sometimes means being a good follower. And as this article points out, a good leader is a consummate learner. Without that, the things you are leading people to have already passed and others are already on to the next thing. 

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Book Review: Michael Fullan's 'The Principal: 3 Keys to Maximizing Impact'

Book Review: Michael Fullan's 'The Principal: 3 Keys to Maximizing Impact' | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 2014 10:11 PM

We need a different view of leadership in education. What we have is management, which is necessary but has displaced leadership. The two fuse together in what Peter Vaill referred to as managerial-leadership.

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10 Questions Ldrs Should Ask Every Day

10 Questions Ldrs Should Ask Every Day | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Questions are one of the most powerful tools we have as leaders. They can help us engage others, gather information, set the stage for coaching and feedback, and allow us the opportunity to listen ...

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Paula Jamieson's curator insight, May 7, 2014 8:59 PM

I like the 'end of the day' questions - especially when linked to a digital reflective portfolio or appraisal 'doc' .I've been working with schools and a Google Site template I have created, to move from paper and tick style appraisal systems (which are often due in week 10 and teachers don't look at or think about until week 9!). The comments so far have been overwhelming. See the latest email I was sent

 

"Kia ora ano
Just a little piece of feedback for you regarding the new teacher improvement cycle format
It is very accessible
Extremely user friendly
Truly simple to navigate
A great document for record keeping

I have worked with a few people to date and this is what has been expressed and experienced
Thank you for all that you do
nga mihi"

 

Loving that leaders and teacher are now enabled to question and reflect on their professional practice with ease. These ten questions could be threaded into the 'reflection' page of the site.

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Charting a Common-Sense Course for the Common Core

Charting a Common-Sense Course for the Common Core | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
States should phase in use of common-core assessments for teacher evaluation, write Jane Leibbrand and Alice Seagren.
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Stop The Compliments and Show Me Some Gratitude

Stop The Compliments and Show Me Some Gratitude | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
The deal closed after months and months of negotiations. Everyone was exhausted and beyond relieved. It would not only bring in a large amount of revenue in the business, but it would prevent any more layoffs. As everyone walked out of the room, he yelled out, “Great Job, job well done! Could not
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How we express appreciation is  as important as giving it.  Celebrating success with your staff takes on new meaning when it is personalized. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 6, 2014 12:48 PM

It takes little time for teachers and students to figure out whether the praise is just empty words or has real meaning.

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Change Agents are Leaders: four transitions toward culture change in your school

Change Agents are Leaders: four transitions toward culture change in your school | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Change, culture and leadership are concepts that are inseparable. Achieving the desired culture for your team or school requires a process of change, and leadership is essential to make this happen...

Via Mel Riddile, Dean J. Fusto
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As APs we are change agents. This article. Shows you some valuable steps in the right direction. 

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5 Ways Being A Good Follower Makes You A Better Leader

5 Ways Being A Good Follower Makes You A Better Leader | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Followers are much-maligned, but we're all followers in some areas of our lives. And in that role, we can learn some important skills that make us...
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Being in the middle of the administrative ladder means you are both a leader and a follower. Here are some tips that bridge the two. 

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Common Core: the Day After

Common Core: the Day After | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
States that reject the controversial education standards may not end up getting what they're looking for. (Common Core: The Day After - Will Eliminating The Common Core Result In Better Standards?
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Simple Equation to Help with your To-Do List

Simple Equation to Help with your To-Do List | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
One expert argues that time itself never changes, so trying to manage it is futile.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Make sure the tasks that need to get done, get done. Thinking about  urgency and importance of tasks can help move us to accomplish what really needs doing.

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