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Flight Delay: A call to “roll with it!”

I was drifting off into “Lala land” when the obnoxious intercom startled me to life. Our trusty pilot announced we were diverting to Dallas rather than our Denver destination. “What?” is my mind’s immediate response. He continued to explain a need for more fuel due to flying around a storm. […]

How do we assess our school culture?

“I think we are doing pretty well. We do a lot of great things.”   “Let’s ask around, see what people tell us. Let’s start with our own students and teachers and see what we hear.”   This was the question and exchange I recently heard from a group of […]

WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER: HOW COMMUNITY BUILDS CULTURE

“When we eat together, when we set out to do so deliberately, life is better, no matter what your circumstances.” ~Thomas Keller   This seems like such an obvious statement, and yet, it is a concept that is easily lost amidst the demands of modern education. I have listened to […]

Nacho Friday!

When you are a principal with 237 people under your care (157 teachers and 80 staff members) it is crucial that you intentionally create opportunities for fun and connection. This is why principal Tim Liles of Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA came up with the idea of Nacho Friday.   […]

Coping Skills

You know the teacher: the one who oozes love and care for kids; the one who seems like she was born to be a teacher. Her expectations are as high and as big as her love is and kids excel under her teaching, and thrive in her presence. If you […]

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