#5thSunday: Year-End Reflection Infographic–R.E.F.L.E.C.T.

Every month at TheSchoolHouse302, you get a blog post with a leadership development model, a podcast with a leading expert, a “read this” with three book selections, and a review and reflection tool–all on a particular topic of leadership to help you lead better and grow faster. Posts are always blasted out on Sundays so that leaders can think... Continue Reading →

Forget the Same-Old, Same-Old—Bring Teachers Back with a Bang!—4 Simple Strategies

In August, administrators should be well underway with planning for the first few days back with teachers. But have you planned the same old back-to-school first day boring and mundane stuff that you’ve always done, or are even required to do by law, or are you prepared with something exciting? If you follow theschoolhouse302.com, tell... Continue Reading →

Monday Matters: Excellence

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to environment where excellence is expected.” ~Steve Jobs This week’s idea that matters is excellence. Ideas that Matter This time of year is famous for resolutions. The desire to pursue our goals and become better tomorrow than we are today is an incredible promise of the... Continue Reading →

Thinking Together

Collaboration is the mental factory where good thoughts become great ideas ~TheSchoolHouse302 We talk a great deal about working together. Whether projects or programs, we say that “working together” or “working well with others” is a skillset that we want to see in our employees and our potential candidates for open positions in our organizations.... Continue Reading →

Summer: a season of vacancies, interviews, interview questions, and hiring practices

Screening before Interviews Education, like nature, has seasons, clear divisions within the year, and in education, the summer is the hiring season. An administrator’s job requires a variety of skills, and at the top of the list is hiring the right people. One common challenge is an abundance of applicants for a single position. Although,... Continue Reading →

Seasons: A Time to Reflect

“Refinement: The process of removing impurities or unwanted substances from an element.” You watch the last bus pull away. Students have their head half way out of the window waving feverishly and yelling, “have a great summer.” You pause, look around the empty parking lot and you are filled with different emotions—a touch of joy,... Continue Reading →

Make May Matter

In schools, the month of May and early June can be likened to grade-5 whitewater rafting conditions—large waves, large volumes a water, the possibility of large rocks and hazards, and the possibility of a large drop at any time, which all require precise maneuvering. The only thing that makes May similar to other months is... Continue Reading →

#ASCD15 Spotlight: Big Ideas, Lessons Learned, and Casual Observations @ASCD

Leaving snow and cold weather, Houston seemed like a dream destination. We landed in a different climate, 70 degrees, slight overcast, and a lot of excitement to learn and grow. Last weekend we had the privilege of attending ASCD’s 70th annual conference in Houston and we weren't disappointed, to say the least. From learning about... Continue Reading →

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