school administration

Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper Change

You would be hard-pressed to talk to a teacher, secretary, or school administrator who would say we are not experiencing some disruptive times in education.

Since 2008, public perception of educators, in general, has been less than favorable. Expectations have increased exponentially, but funding education initiatives has not grown at the same pace. We face one disruption after another, yet we continue to find ways to meet the needs of our students, engage parents, respond to community desires, and do what is best for all stakeholders.

We recently co-authored a book titled, Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper Change. As the political and social climate in our nation has changed, the release of this book could not have come at a better time. (more…)

I Would Never Want Your Job

Guest post by Jimmy Casas

In the past I have been a part of several conversations with teachers, students, parents, principals, and aspiring administrators about the challenges that come with being a building principal. The conversation caused me to reflect on the work we do on a daily basis as building leaders and to determine what is it exactly that causes others to say, “I would never want your job.”

The truth is I am worried about the long-term impact of potential principal candidates because of the perception that is often associated with the work that we do. (more…)