I thought it would be fun to re-visit the first post I wrote for the blog, and yes, exactly eight years later, I’m dashing this off right before I hit the road to visit another school.
Thank you for another great year and who knows where we’ll go in the upcoming year.
Getting Started: An Introduction (February 2009)
Here I am sitting in another airport terminal at 6:00 in the morning. I wish I could say that this is unusual, but it’s not. I’m now a school road warrior. For the past five (now 13) years I have lived on the road, three, four and too often five nights a week. Going where schools and principals have needs and problems that they need help with.
There are some perks. Because of the travel points I’m a Hilton Diamond member and a Continental (now United) Elite member. This means on a big jet and in a big city, I get upgraded. That happens a couple a times a month, but most of the time I’m on a small plane going to a small town. I also get a lot of free Southwest Airline tickets.
“Congratulations, you fly a lot. Do you want to fly some more?”
I’m not complaining. I’m just making the case that I have seen a lot, worked with a lot of principals and schools, and have fixed a lot of problems. All of that to say, that what I’ve seen, what I’ve learned, and what I do may be useful out there.
I have observed that school leaders for the most part live on islands. Islands that have been built by isolation, misinformation, wishful thinking and/or petty jealousies. Hopefully, I can help get some of you off the island, or at least make the island more hospitable.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to write about school leadership and school operations. The focus will mostly be on improvement and what works. But I’ll also write about the tools that I find useful, books that I have read, conversations that I have had and respond to your comments. Who knows where this will go? I just hope that every once in a while, you’ll find something that is useful to you, your school and/or your staff.
Time to board now, off to another city and another school.
Think. Work. Achieve.
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