September 13, 2017 in Leadership

In the middle of Hurricane Irma passing directly over our little bungalow, I had a familiar feeling. It was a feeling that I’ve had many times as a school leader. You see, we have a big, beautiful oak tree in our backyard, and it’s a little too close to the house for comfort.

April 11, 2015 in Leadership

It was late in the day on a Friday, when I heard from a dear colleague. She didn’t want me to know that she was close to tears, but her voice gave her away. When she told me what had happened, it was easy to be empathetic- the same thing had happened to me a few weeks ago. Someone had sent an anonymous note to her supervisor. It was evident that the writer disagreed with a decision she had made, but rather than contributing to her growth or the growth of her school, it was cruel.

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