This guest post is written by my friend J. Kapuchuck. a super dad and a super principal in Rockingham County, Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @PrincipalKap
In today’s society everything is changing at a rapid pace. However, the one thing that has not changed is our passion for either participating in sports or watching them. Growing up in a town 45 minutes North of Pittsburgh, sports were a part of life and we all bled Black and Gold, which I still do now. In case you didn’t know, Pittsburgh is the only city where all the major sports teams have the same colors. Each Sunday during football season we would be glued to our one TV in the house to watch Steelers play, all decked out in our Black and Gold. I would listen to the stories of the Steel Curtain, the Immaculate Reception, and try to emulate the toughness of Jack Lambert as I would tackle my older brother whenever he would get up. After the game, we would often go outside and play our own game of football, no matter the temperature or how much snow we had. It is what we did. Continue reading “Bringing My “A” Game – #DadsAsPrincipals Super Bowl Edition”
Principals need to be engaging with students in their classrooms for them to be an effective leader. It is imperative that we get a feeling of what the teachers’ and students’ lives are like in school on a regular basis. Random walkthroughs and class visits don’t always give this immersed feeling because they are quick and the administrator tends to be a bystander to the activity instead of actively engaged. Principal (or any administrator) read alouds provide an intentional and meaningful experience to the principal and the students. In this post, J. Kapuchuck, @principalkap a principal at Plains Elementary, and Andy Jacks, @_AndyJacks, a principal at Ashland Elementary, two principals from different parts of Virginia, have a few thoughts on the impact these read alouds have had on their leadership in their schools. Continue reading “The Power of Principal Read Alouds”
Happy (Early) New Year! As you are wrapping up the last few days of 2017, taking in those last hugs, smiles, high fives, and waves for a few days we (Lindsy, Eric, Jessica, Andy, Todd, and Nick) wanted to challenge ourselves, and our PLN, to think about how to ring in 2018 when everyone returns.
This post started as a conversation while preparing for the final days before break. We realized that there is so much time spent on celebrating the last few days before the winter break, but not as much time focused on how to kick off the rest of the school year when staff and students return. Continue reading “20 ‘18’ Ways to Start the New Year”
The #WeirdPrincipals effort is all about energy and starting movements that inspire others. Similar to #PrincipalsInAction and #KidsDeserveIt, we seek to unleash leadership potential by inspiring others to be themselves, do their very best, and run into school to make magic happen every day! @_AndyJacks and @JessicaCabeen wrote this together to show how two principals from very different parts of our country can both lead through their own unique personalities, and that you don’t have to be perfect or always follow what the ‘textbook’ tells you to do in order to be successful. What better way to describe this than the Ted Talk on How to Start a Movement by Derek Sivers. But remember, it’s not just about being the lone nut, it’s also about being the first follower… Continue reading “Lone Nut or First Follower: Building a Culture That Celebrates Uniqueness #WEIRDPRINCIPALS”
Weirdness isn’t weakness! It’s a way to celebrate the unique ways we can engage our school community by any means possible.
We try so hard in leadership positions to be what we think others want us to be, remembering the many, many leadership ‘characteristics’ that are apparently so vital for success. We read, try to imitate, fail, and then go back to reading more to find the ‘answer’ to how we should be. Continue reading “Weird Principals”
Every school year the same thing happens.
On the first day of school I tell my students the story of George the Gummy Worm. George is no ordinary gummy worm. George, like any other candy animal, decides to take a summer vacation in the Caribbean and gets stuck on the top of his boat. Problem is…gummy worms can’t swim and they definitely dissolve if they float in the ocean too long. Continue reading “We Are All Lead Learners”