What Are Your Summer Goals?
Jun25

What Are Your Summer Goals?

You’ve made it! Your office or classroom is eerily quite, desks and lockers are clean, and besides the lights emanating from the main office, much of the school is dark and empty…like something out of an RL Stine Goosebumps novel. This must mean only one thing: it’s summer! Cue the music! via GIPHY Now wait a second. Don’t get too carried away. After all, you’re a lifelong learner, so have you thought much about how you plan to...

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The Secret Trait To Look For in Your Next Teacher Interview
Jan25

The Secret Trait To Look For in Your Next Teacher Interview

It’s that time of year again: recruitment season. Whether you’re scouring job listings and polishing your resume, or sitting on the other side of the desk and pouring over endless candidates to find the perfect teacher, the recruitment season can be challenging for everyone involved. For those of us who are trying to find the perfect candidate I have a secret trait you should be looking for in your next teacher interview. More on that...

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Do Your Students Have Passports?
Nov01

Do Your Students Have Passports?

Last week I had a chance to fly over to the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my background, before working at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, my wife and I spent about 6 years living and working at international schools in Asia, primarily in the Philippines. So I have a deep affection for the large, chaotic, and somewhat polluted cities of southeast Asia. Growing up...

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Why You Might Want Your Kids To Be DJs When They Grow Up
May03

Why You Might Want Your Kids To Be DJs When They Grow Up

For most of us who teach or work in schools, we know that the traditional model of school goes a little like this: student sits, student listens, student works on something, student gives it to the teacher, teacher checks and grades it, student and teacher move onto the next unit. Of course, and thankfully, in more progressive schools a lot of this model has been upended to focus on learning and doing, but ultimately one thing that...

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Watch Out!  There’s Somebody in Your Backseat!
May10

Watch Out! There’s Somebody in Your Backseat!

Urban Legends are powerful and often frightening.  Perhaps you’ve heard the story about the woman driving at night on the highway.  After a quick stop at a gas station she became frightened when a semitruck driver suddenly began to drive directly behind her.  To make matters worse, every few minutes the truck would flash its high-beams and honk its horn.  Fearing for her safety the woman accelerated and prayed that she might quickly...

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One Simple Way to Improve Your Blog
Mar31

One Simple Way to Improve Your Blog

If you’ve spent much time around Learn[ED]Leadership this past year, then you’re likely aware of the Learn[ED]Leadership Monthly (or so) Newsletter I publish.  Between the newsletter popup, and the habitual “signup for my newsletter” closing sentence, you might start to get the feeling that I want you to sign up for our newsletter. However, what you might not be aware of is that in addition to the...

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