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#MASSPchat 12/19 - The Holiday Season (Take Care of Yourself!)

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School administrators have incredibly challenging jobs and every year around this time, I start to think about how nice it will be to celebrate Christmas and take time to be with family and rejuvenate. I hope that you will all have the opportunity to take advantage of some much needed rest over the next few weeks. It not only healthy to take breaks, but it is also healthy to think about how administrators take care of themselves during the school year.

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#MASSPchat 11/21 - Classroom Culture

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As educators, we often spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about new strategies, programs, and techniques to reach our students. While those things cannot be neglected, we sometimes overlook the immense power that the environment and culture in your classroom plays in the learning process. As we think meaningfully about our work, let us reflect about the culture in our classrooms and chat about ways to encourage a powerful culture within each learning environment.

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#MASSPchat 10/24 – Making Time for Instructional Leadership

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A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Principals Summit in Detroit. At the Summit, I was fortunate enough to present a session called "Making Time for Instructional Leadership". As one of the biggest issues facing administrators today, we continually see the research and importance of being instructional leaders, but then the reality and demands of the job set in. Let's chat and share ideas for maximizing our time for the purpose of instructional leadership!

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#MASSPchat 9/19 - Planning for Homecoming

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School is back in session and principals all over the state are preparing for the inevitable homecoming festivities associated with the fall season. Let's chat about ideas, supervision strategies, and procedures to make this the best homecoming season ever!

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#MASSPchat 5/2 - Building a Master Schedule

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For principals, the spring brings with it quite a barrage of work – summative evaluations, school improvement plans, spring testing, and for HS principals, graduation. While all of these things are demanding, building the master schedule for the upcoming year is one of the most critical jobs of the building administrator. There are few things we can control, but building a master schedule and assigning teachers is one of them. Join us as for #MASSPchat as we discuss strategy and philosophy for building a master schedule.