“Do You See Me?” The Power of Student Connections

https://blog.nassp.org/2019/02/06/do-you-see-me-the-power-of-student-connections/ Positive connections between students, teachers, administrators, and school community lead to academic success and a balanced education. To reach their potential, it is integral that children connect to at least one person in their school community. This connection needs to exist within a safe and stable environment, providing opportunities for these relationships to strengthen … Continue reading “Do You See Me?” The Power of Student Connections

Share Your Passion with Students: School-Wide Clubs

https://blog.nassp.org/2019/02/20/share-your-passion-with-students-school-wide-clubs/ A maximal learning environment cannot exist without students feeling safe and connected with their teacher in the classroom. But teachers quickly get caught up with the demands of covering curriculum and meeting mandates. Most times, it is easier to conform to the system instead of infusing our individual personalities into our school lives. When … Continue reading Share Your Passion with Students: School-Wide Clubs

Building Positive School Culture Through Service Activities

https://blog.nassp.org/2019/04/17/building-positive-school-culture-through-service-activities/ Middle level students are at a crucial age, consciously developing their identities while trying to understand how they fit in with their peers. Teachers, administrators, and staff have the opportunity to provide a compass for students navigating these difficult times. As middle level students develop their sense of self, they often begin looking for … Continue reading Building Positive School Culture Through Service Activities

Most Improved: Our Journey With Student Awards and Recognition

https://blog.nassp.org/2019/05/29/most-improved-our-journey-with-student-awards-and-recognition/ When I became principal at Downingtown Middle School, it surprised me to find a heavy emphasis on end-of-year academic awards. At the end of the year, a student could win eight different awards simply for making honor roll. Over 80 percent of the student body qualified for honor roll. Each of those awards were … Continue reading Most Improved: Our Journey With Student Awards and Recognition

Passion and the Principalship

https://blog.nassp.org/2020/03/18/passion-and-the-principalship/ Leadership in the K–12 educational setting is challenging. Everyone looks for the one magic formula to address various grade levels, communities in a district with different needs, best instructional practices, behavior, supervision, managerial duties, governmental statutes, central office responsibilities, and myriad other challenges. And every leader in a school setting is different. Years of … Continue reading Passion and the Principalship

The Capstone Project: How One Middle School Replaced Final Exams with Authentic Learning

The Data-Driven RaceAs school administrators continue to find ways to balance attempts to educate the whole child with demonstrating progress on high-stakes assessments, many have begun to re-examine their practices in order to determine if they are an effective means to accomplish that goal.  At Lionville Middle School in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we have spent … Continue reading The Capstone Project: How One Middle School Replaced Final Exams with Authentic Learning

Episode 52: The Rock Star Principals’ Podcast

[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3279375/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen]Jon and Nick, the Rock Star Principals return with an all new episode offering advice for teachers who have obtained their first assistant principal's role in the same building they teach! Hear the panel of Rob Farina (3 year assistant principal at Downingtown Middle School … Continue reading Episode 52: The Rock Star Principals’ Podcast