Strengthening Union and Administration Relationships

Our book, Reviving Professional Learning Communities: Strength through diversity, conflict, teamwork, and structure, will be available December 16, 2012. Sprinkled throughout are 32 practical strategies to move collaboration from theory to practice. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 5: Strategies for Standpoint. You can Pre-Order the book now by visiting tinyurl.com/9tarmwc. STANDPOINT STRATEGY 7: STRENGTHEN UNION AND ADMINISTRATION […]

Using Dropbox.com in Schools

As many of you know I have a school leadership newsletter that can be accessed by clicking here. It shares tips on a variety of topics from PLCs to data analysis to action research. One of my editions includes the use of Dropbox.com in schools. Because I received a slew responses on its usefulness, I […]

New Professional Learning Community Framework

To receive the sneak peek of my new book, Reviving Professional Learning Communities: An Integral Approach, just click here. Warning: This new framework will perhaps flip your understanding of PLCs upside down.

Re-inventing organizational values, beliefs, and goals

I use the word re-inventing because you may already have some sort of formal vision and/or mission statement. The questions is: Are these current statements or tenants really serving their purpose? If not, then the aim now is for you to hopefully find inventive ways to engage your employees in deep dialogue, connecting individual values, […]

Creating explicit norms or protocols

Transformation in any organization has the potential to produce unwanted conflict, often leading to ineffective processes, reduced communication, and poor working relationships. It is inevitable and a fact of life. Change brings about tension and without managing the behaviors of individuals and the organization as a whole, you might see your organization’s ability to succeed plummet. The impact is exponential. […]

Discovering your informal leaders

Let’s start with the meaning of an informal leader. This term refers to someone who does not necessarily hold a formal position of authority; but because they are well respected by their peers, they exert influence, allowing them to sway the opinions of others. Their peers often go to them for direction, support, and advice; which, in […]