Why I am NOT done with Public Education…

Author: Dana Elmore, Director of Blended Learning, G/T Coordinator, and Instructional Coach, Roscoe Collegiate ISD A few weeks ago, my husband announced his resignation from his job as a high school principal, effective at the end of the year. He is making a career change and is planning to get completely out of public K-12 education. Since then, many people have asked …

Lifespan Healthspan

Author: Nelson Coulter There is a difference in lifespan and health span. Ideally, we seek to optimize both, squeezing all we can into and out of our lives, while remaining healthy for the whole journey. As leaders, we are directly responsible for the health and wellbeing of the organization – for the organization as a whole and for the members …

(dis)Engaged

Author: Nelson Coulter Engagement is a word that has come into the frequently used leadership lexicon. It’s a really good word, an even better concept, and an absolutely necessary skill for those of us in the business of influencing others. Some refer to it as “presence.” The level of trust others are willing to afford us is directly proportional to our …

Broadening

Author: Nelson Coulter   Our natural tendency, when feeling threatened, is to tighten, to hunker down, to narrow. The best leaders I know resist this temptation to “reduce” when faced with difficulties or crises. Instead, they seem to lean into the challenge (or challengers) by increasing engagement levels. They accomplish this sort of broadening by several means: They accelerate their curiosity and ramp …

FuelStops

Author: Nelson Coulter “Did you ever get so busy driving that you didn’t take time to stop and refuel?”  I once heard the late Stephen Covey pose that question to an interviewee. As was his habit, SC brought to our attention in a metaphorical way an important insight into healthy living and productive working. Thinking about my lifelong penchant to try to …

Coach ‘em up before you Coach ‘em out: A Post-Pandemic Personnel Practice for Principals

Author: James Hopper, Superintendent, Venus ISD More than ever, schools are now in competition for teachers, substitutes, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, etc. Every position has been affected by the Great Resignation, the ability to work from home, fear of the pandemic, and by other enticements to simply not work for a living.   But this is nothing new.  There was a growing teacher …

SCHOOL BY THE NUMBERS

Author: J.T. Elmore, Secondary Principal, Roscoe Collegiate High School 7 years!  That is the grand total amount of time I have had the privilege of working in Texas ISDs.  19 years if we add in the Texas education I received as a young student. 11 years that it took to get my bachelor’s and another 1 to get the old master’s degree.  Somehow I managed …

It’s Not the Destination, It’s the Journey

Author: Gary E. Briers, Professor Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Texas A&M University It’s Not the Destination; It’s the Journey —What I’ve Learned on My Journey, First Installment/Beginnings As I mark my 50th year as an educator, I find it so appropriate to reflect on the journey. Involvement in formal education has …

ImprovedEnegerizers

Author: Nelson Coulter The wisest leaders I know are fixated on continuous improvement. A continuous improvement mindset is inherently one that is futures focused. And, a continuous improvement mindset implies that something needs to change from its current state toward a better one. There’s that change thing again. I know a few very worthy wearers of the Continuous Improver tattoo. Here are some of commonalities …

Changing the Flow with Vision

Author: Ron Hadley, CEO & Founder, whereRUgoing.com Reversing the flow of an entire river is a notable accomplishment. From its inception, the Chicago River flowed from west to east just like every other US river east of the Continental Divide. Motivated by various needs and benefits, a vision to reverse the river’s flow began in 1871 and was fully realized nearly …

WHY or WHO

Author:Donna George, Secondary Principal, Cumby ISD When Dr. Coulter asked me to do this blog I didn’t realize the email was to me. I have no idea who I thought DG was – Let’s just say I wasn’t very observant. I asked a dear friend, “What on earth am I going to write about?”  She answered, “write about your story.”  Well that won’t work.  Which …

HyPerformance-HyperFocus

Author: Nelson Coulter The wisest leaders I know remain hyperfocused on their intended outcomes. They refuse to be distracted by unimportant and tangential stuff that screams for time on their calendar and for their precious attention. Most of these excellent leaders have learned that too many “goals,” the constant pull to accomplish everything, typically results in achieving very little (if anything). …