4 Leadership Fake-Outs

A Collaborative Post by: Eric Skanson, Elementary Principal (MN) and MESPA President-Elect LaQuita Outlaw, Middle School Principal (NY) and Scholastic Principal Advisory Board Brad Gustafson, Elementary Principal (MN) and Scholastic Principal Advisory Board Larger than Literacy This post pertains to literacy leadership, but we think the leadership principles within apply to many different arenas - including leading from the classroom or supporting meaningful change. You don’t have to be a principal to lead or illuminate literacy, but it sure helps when school leaders pull their own weight. A few years ago, I (Brad) had an aha moment - but it wasn’t the good kind of aha. I realized I wasn’t p

Is this for school or for real?

It's funny how the same hallways and school displays I walk by every day catch my attention when something small changes. (Has this ever happened to you?!) Recently, I noticed our Grizzly Gallery had been updated with some new student artwork. However, instead of updating all the frames with art from different students, the frames featured a single student's art collection. I have to say, it was really inspiring to see a large collection of art from the same student. The pages from her sketchbook, full-color prints, and a photograph of the artist made the exhibit more of an experience than seeing a single work of art. It also felt very authentic -- almost as if the display wasn't "for school

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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