Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lottery-Style Beatdown - F3 Highlands

  • When: 07/25/2017
  • QIC: Powerball
  • The PAX: Gordo, Half-Cocked, Klean Up, Alcatraz, Barrister, Othello, Pavarotti, Snip, Handy Man, Late-Bloomer, Sandman, Drop Cloth, The Nanny, Chavez, Buffalo Bill, Butterfly, Gump, Bling, Disaster, Shazam

21 PAX ignored the warning of a theme on Twitter and still showed to help me celebrate my One-Year "PAINniversary."  Shovel flag was planted and the extended disclaimer was given (with a school-based theme: "No school can be held accountable if you are injured during the beatdown.").  Extended mosey through the the lower parking lots with high-knees, butt-kickers, and karaokes included and finished at the bus parking lot for Warmarama.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eight Tweets from @casas_jimmy's "Moving Beyond the Status Quo" #NPC17 Session


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Five Tweets from @SteeleThoughts' "Awesomeness is a Choice" #NPC17 Session


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Six Tweets from @E_Sheninger's "Digital Leadership" #NPC17 Session





Monday, July 10, 2017

Learning and Validation

I am surrounded by tremendous school leaders.  Principals and other leaders in education who I look up to, individuals who make up my Professional Learning Network, and many that I am meeting for the very first time.

I am at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia.

The majority of the sessions I decided to attend were based on the opportunity to hear/see the individual speak after "knowing" them solely through Twitter and the content they produce.

Danny Steele. Eric Sheninger. Jimmy Casas. Brad Gustafson. Todd Nesloney. Salome Thomas-El.  Derek McCoy (DM, I actually have the privilege of knowing already). Just to name a few.

In actuality, most of the presenters are so impacting that it's almost astonishing I am even engaged in 1:1 dialogue.  These leaders are on the Mount Rushmore of school leadership.

In addition to the overall session focus, these highly-successful Principals typically also share the impressive efforts and movements they have implemented in their own schools, ranging from culture-building, learning spaces, collaborative learning, community engagement, and instructional support (just to name a few).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 LNC Advanced Placement Success

Advanced Placement Exam scores for 2017 went "live" on July 5th.  Not every student enrolled in an Advanced Placement class opts to take the AP Exam, but the vast majority do.

For Lake Norman Charter, here is a rundown of some quick-hit highlights, starting with the overall success in totality:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Four Tweets from 6/17/17 #LeadUpChat


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Interview First Impressions: Not Only The Candidate

School districts across the country have hit their summer, so while our schools are much quieter with the vacancy of students, most school leaders and administrators are in the midst of interviews to fill vacancies for the upcoming year.

Recently, as I prepared to spend an afternoon interviewing selected candidates for a first-round of interviews, I reflected on an element within an interview that can be easily overlooked by those conducting interviews.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holding It Down Solo

  • When: 06/13/2017
  • QIC: Powerball

Since the M is currently serving as an Advanced Placement Literature Exam Reader in Kansas City, yours truly needed to get creative to still fulfill my weekly beatdown.  Without being able to join my brothers at F3 Highlands, I took it to the back patio.  Very early...4:30 AM early (I wanted to make sure I was completely done before any chance of the 2.0 getting out of bed and not being able to find Daddy; of course, I still had to wake both up from being sound asleep later on in the morning, but I digress..).