Sensory Friendly Haircuts

For many families like mine, even simple things can be very stressful. When our son was little, the barber shop and a tight haircut, one of my favorite things, was way too much and very overwhelming for him. I had to cut his hair at home for years myself. Now it's better, but I know … Continue reading Sensory Friendly Haircuts

Enhance Mail Communication through Augmented Reality

Our annual tradition of mailing postcards home for information and to notify parents of students' teachers saw an innovative twist the last couple of years by adding augmented reality.We use HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) to turn the front of the postcard into a 'trigger' image so the app recognizes it and automatically overlays a preset … Continue reading Enhance Mail Communication through Augmented Reality

Using the Technology SAMR Model to Rethink Educational Leadership

In the instructional technology circles, the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) has provided a way to rethink how technology is not only used, but how it can enhance instruction in the classroom. Ruben Puentedura began creating this model in the mid-eighties as a Harvard graduate student. The main idea behind this model is to … Continue reading Using the Technology SAMR Model to Rethink Educational Leadership

Five Tips to Maximize Video Communication

There are a handful of key considerations when using video to maximize engagement in your school community. These concepts are important because they will help others share in your journey and success in a way that is meaningful and interesting to them. Read more below on these tips and reflect on how you are using … Continue reading Five Tips to Maximize Video Communication

Video Introductions

School is about to begin again and there is nothing is worse than an excited parent that goes to the school's website to meet the administrator or teacher and all they see is a boring letter, or even worse, the person's name with no other information. You had the parent right where you wanted them! … Continue reading Video Introductions

Kindergarten Readiness Top Tips Video

As Hannibal in the A-Team used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together!" This year our kindergarten team decided to create a new program to help communicate to parents what helps students be successful in school. As students at Ashland register, they typically receive supply lists and will receive a school shirt, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness Top Tips Video

Tips to Engage and Inspire Your School Community #NFES2018

It was fun to lead this presentation at the National Family Engagement Summit in Richmond, Virginia this week. The group of educators were so responsive and I can really sense a growing desire to get back to the basics. Schools should be the center of the community and we should be the go-to place for … Continue reading Tips to Engage and Inspire Your School Community #NFES2018

Every Month is The Month of the Military Child at Ashland

April is the Month of the Military Child, but this takes on more meaning in our school. Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger, in 1986, started this movement to remind others that military children also sacrifice and serve alongside their parents. Every year, the U. S. Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy continue … Continue reading Every Month is The Month of the Military Child at Ashland

Students Share their Stories in Many Ways #MonthoftheMilitaryChild

A recent visit to Washington, DC reminded me of the importance of sharing our support for our military families outside our school community. Led by Amanda Woodyard, our Military Student Transition Consultant for our school division and housed at Ashland, students from Ashland and neighboring schools helped make two quilts to show their support for … Continue reading Students Share their Stories in Many Ways #MonthoftheMilitaryChild

Why We Gave our Reserved Parking Away to our Teachers

I really don't know why principals have reserved spots. I tend to be at school really early and leave really late, so it's not like I can't ever find a parking spot. I've always felt weird about it. When I go to a business, store, or other public place, they typically have their staff park … Continue reading Why We Gave our Reserved Parking Away to our Teachers