2 Ways Leaders Carry the Banner

The picture above is me on my radical BMX bike circa 1985. I'll get back to my bike in a minute, but first I want to share a quick story from school this year. Earlier this year, one of our kindergarten students walked into our school with something taped to her jacket. Upon closer examination, I discovered she was wearing a note from her parent. The note basically explained some bus info and provided her parent-contact info so we could talk things through. Our office team usually gets phone calls and e-mails about bus changes, so the unconventional communication her parent used stood out to me. The note actually reminded me of a time my mom had pinned a note to me. (This is where my BMX bik

30 Second BookTalk Championship Round (Video)

Our final round video speaks for itself and we can’t wait to hear what you think. Don’t forget to VOTE and please share your booktalk videos at #30SecondBookTalk. Polls close Friday and you can find voting rubrics and other resources to support student engagement with booktalking on my website if you’re interested. Thanks for joining Jenn and I in the fun! If this blog post resonated, you might like my newest book, Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education. The book tackles a tension many educators are feeling using a combination of stories and practical strategies. If you’re interested in technology integration, Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative School

Self-Care, EduHeroism & Hugh Jackman

I was recently watching a short video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at how the soundtrack for the Greatest Showman came to be. Since this is one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, I was immediately drawn to the story. I'll let you draw your own conclusions from the video, but if you don't tear up (at least a little bit) we might not be able to be friends anymore. :) I wanted to share this video because it reminded me of a tension I've noticed in education. The tension revolves around when it's okay to be selfish with our time and when we might be expected to be selfless. You might be questioning my word choice here (and I probably am too), but I'm hoping to be able to reflec

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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