Rank #1: PMP174: 10 Areas to Focus on for Growth as a Leader with Chris Legleiter
Every person in your school is at a different level of growth. Not just students, but teachers are also at stages of growth. Leadership is not any different. Some educators are just beginning the journey. Others are finishing their first few years, and some are experiencing years of mastery in certain strategies or subjects. Over […]
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Nov 21 2019
Rank #2: PMP175: Middle School Matters with Phyllis Fagell
Do you remember what is was like to be a middle school student? For many people, memories of those years often bring back stories filled with anxiety and awkward physical, emotional, and social changes. According to Phyllis Fagell, however, those years can be good ones. “Probably what people might be most surprised to know is […]
Nov 27 2019
Rank #3: PMP177: Cha Cha’s for Making Learning Stick with LeAnn Nickelsen
A few weeks ago, I was sharing with a group of principals one of my favorite video-clips from the movie, The Incredibles. It’s the scene where Lucius, aka the superhero, Frozone, is watching as his city is under attack from his apartment window. He pushes a button on his remote control to open a wall […]
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Dec 18 2019
Rank #5: PMP190: 5 Tips for Running the Uncertain Leadership Roads Ahead
This morning I was running a three-mile track around my neighborhood. As I passed the houses and occasional drivers, I felt a sudden kinship to my neighbors I’m not sure I’ve felt before. We don’t just share the same zip-code; we now share a common experience. And this experience spreads beyond our cities and states. […]
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Apr 16 2020
Rank #6: PMP176: Leading Through Equity with William Stubbs
In October 2018, William Stubbs, an instructional leadership director at Oklahoma City Public Schools at the time, entered and won the Teach for America’s Shark Tank OKC as a contestant in the city’s Shark Tank competition. He was awarded $10,000 to implement stronger partnerships and mentoring opportunties for the city’s young men of color with […]
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Dec 04 2019
Rank #7: PMP186: Reboot for Principals with Jen Schwanke
Throughout the world, schools are managing the challenges of school closures in response to news of the spreading corona virus or COVID-19. As a school leader, you are expected to manage difficulties, but sometimes you are managing in uncharted territory. Also in the midst of helping others, what can you do to make sure you’re […]
Mar 18 2020
Rank #8: PMPEncore150: Hiring High Quality Educators, Part 1
One day the teachers at Indian Run Elementary, in Dublin, Ohio, organized a “Flash TACO bar” – a spontaneous buffet meal where they shared great food and fun together. As principal of the school, Jen Schwanke reflected on the joy and creativity of her teachers: they not only love teaching but they also enjoy working […]
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Feb 27 2020
Rank #9: PMP173: Lessons in Leadership from Your Scars
When I was in college, I had a blue 1981 Toyota Celica that overheated on the long trip to Oklahoma, and the engine burned up. It was my first car. I had bought it with the money I earned over summers as a shell diver in the Kentucky Lake area. But now it was toast, […]
Nov 13 2019
Rank #10: PMP178: 10 Positive Takeaways from the Past Decade
Just like you, I can think of many reasons to worry about the future or raise concerns about trends that have developed over the past decade. Whether that includes increases in school shootings, soaring health care costs, rises in the costs of education, the number of children experiencing trauma, growing concerns in climate change or […]
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Dec 24 2019
Rank #11: PMP184: 5 Voices for Leading Teams with Jeremie Kubicek
It goes without saying that in order to lead you must have followers. But taking others to a destination doesn’t just mean accomplishing all the to-do’s on your checklist. Leadership requires relationships. And meaningful relationships do not happen by accident; they are intentional and purposeful. Part of building meaningful relationships involves understanding yourself and the […]
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Feb 20 2020
Rank #12: PMP189: Building Bridges to Reach Students with Dr. Don Parker
When Don Parker was a Dean of Students, he knew his students were struggling – especially those with high risk factors. Don’s passion became simple and challenging: Find the best ways to help students be more successful. Through his doctoral dissertation and his practice as a school administrator, he narrowed his focus to two approaches: […]
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Apr 08 2020
Rank #13: PMP181: Finding Your Swing – How Leadership & Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand
This week I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with a team of new assistant principals. As we talked about their first semester, they shared the lessons they’ve learned in time management, communication, and problem solving. They are finding their unique places on new teams, understanding their new roles for the first time, and […]
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Jan 23 2020
Rank #14: PMP179: Special Edition – Principal Matters 2019 Year In Review
Last week my family and I traveled back to Tennessee to see my parents and extended family. My parents both turned 79 this past year. Life has slowed down a lot for them now. One of my mother’s favorite past times, for instance, is walking the woods — gathering treasures like small rocks or interesting […]
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Jan 08 2020
Rank #15: PMP182: Generation Z Unfiltered with Andrew McPeak
Students today face newer and different challenges than students of the past. Although many of the skills or values they need to be successful remain the same regardless of time and place, they also have unique challenges that make them one of the most anxious generations in history. If we “take the filters” off our […]
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Feb 06 2020
Rank #16: Encore099: Collaborating for Results – Interview with Dr. Judi Barber
I am digging into the archives of Principal Matters to bring you an episode from January 2018, when I had the privilege to interview Dr. Judi Barber. First, let me tell you a story. During the previous Christmas break of 2017, I had taken my family to see the newest Star Wars movie. In the […]
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Jan 30 2020
Rank #17: PMP180: Tipping Points and Why Small Things Matter
What does it take for small actions to produce big results? Over Christmas break, I listened to the audio-version of Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and learned some value lessons we can apply to our schools. Let me quickly summarize by saying that Gladwell painstakingly details the phenomenon […]
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Jan 16 2020
Rank #18: PMP183: Gen Z Unfiltered, Part 2 with Andrew McPeak
“When is a time you have used grit, and what lesson did you learn?” This is just one of 100 questions you find included in the Table Talk Cards that come as a bonus with the book Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Dr. Tim Elmore and Andrew […]
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Feb 12 2020
Rank #19: PMP:170 Four Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay
Six years ago, on October 31, 2013, my son Jack was eight years old. We had just finished an amazing day of trick-or-treating, and he asked if he could change back into his normal clothes. This was a big deal because he had been wearing a hosptial gown for almost ten days. On this Halloween, […]
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Oct 31 2019