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Leading Up While Managing the Unexpected?
Leading Up While Managing the Unexpected?

By: Elvis Epps, Principal, Lake Worth Community High School One of my favorite television shows was Star Trek as a child. No one on television was as cool and calm as Captain James T. Kirk. In every show, Captain Kirk would end up fighting an alien force. His primary duties as the captain of... Continue Reading

Date posted12/6/2023


Treasure Hunting
Treasure Hunting

I love doing my podcast Educational Leadership and Beyond. It airs weekly on Facebook as well as on iTunes. I get to meet a ton of great people and I’m always learning something new. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Trisha Elliott from Martin County, Florida. During our... Continue Reading

Postedby Andrew Marotta
Date posted11/29/2023


You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup
You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

By: Joyce Conley We have spent the past two-plus years focusing on the social and emotional well being of our students and staff. As leaders, we are tasked with the work of providing an environment of a supportive and understanding culture. One that emphasizes collaboration, relationships, high... Continue Reading

Date posted11/21/2023


Love and Dream
Love and Dream

By: Andrew Marotta For my new role as Director of Communications and Academic Services in the Port Jervis School District, I had to move my office. After 20 years as a building Principal, I have a new opportunity with a lot of creative output. I’m really enjoying the work and the... Continue Reading

Postedby Andrew Marotta
Date posted11/16/2023


School Leaders Can Influence Teachers’ Job Satisfaction and Retention
School Leaders Can Influence Teachers’ Job Satisfaction and Retention

By: Cynthia Mergaert, M.Ed, Vice Principal, The Villages Charter Middle School Florida school leaders need leadership strategies that focus on retaining teachers. Whenreviewing an article by Goldring et al. (2014) that broke down the 2011-12 Schools and StaffingSurvey and Teacher Follow-up Survey... Continue Reading

Date posted11/9/2023


Developing a Personal Classroom Walk-Through System
Developing a Personal Classroom Walk-Through System

By: Jennifer Hawthorne Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent, Walton County School District One of my hardest jobs as a principal was also my favorite – finding time to get into classrooms! Each and every day, I found myself wanting to get into classrooms, wanting to watch teachers teach and... Continue Reading

Date posted11/2/2023


A Piece of Candy for a Smile
A Piece of Candy for a Smile

I was sitting in a restaurant in Lakeview, Oregon with some friends when an elderly man with a slight limp walked in. He had a Pringles can with him in his hand and was walking around from table to table. I looked a little perplexed, and my friends noticed and said, oh that’s... Continue Reading

Date posted10/26/2023


Family Time Is The Most Important Time
Family Time Is The Most Important Time

By: Andrew Marrotta I was at a conference this past summer, and like many other conferences, there was an icebreaker activity. This one involved picking up different cards and talking to different people. One of the questions that was floating around to many people was: what are the five most... Continue Reading

Date posted10/10/2023


Let's Plan How
Let's Plan How

Blog post sponsored by Equitable. Save for the lifestyle you wantHow much do you need to retire?Picturing yourself as a retiree may be hard if not impossible. But if you could envision those future years, you'd probably see a life full of activity and decades of health, happiness, and prosperity.... Continue Reading

Date posted10/10/2023


The Importance of Communications
The Importance of Communications

Sharon Michalik Director of Communications, Bay District Schools There’s an old adage that if you don’t tell your own story, someone will tell it for you and nowhere does that ring truer than in education today. School systems are often the target for community vitriol and criticism... Continue Reading

Date posted09/28/2023


5 Lessons Learned as an Educational Leader
5 Lessons Learned as an Educational Leader

By:. Richard Surrency, Superintendent, Putnam County Schools, 2023 Florida Superintendent of the Year I am the elected superintendent of the Putnam County School District serving in my seventh year. Since my first day in office, beginning in November of 2016, our district has focused on... Continue Reading

Date posted09/21/2023


Stick (and not) Like Velcro
Stick (and not) Like Velcro

By: Andrew Marotta My office walls are made of cinder blocks covered with white paint. It’s very challenging to hang things up, but I wanted to decorate it and make it a colorful and inviting space. My head custodian told me he had just the thing to do the job. It was a super sticky and... Continue Reading

Date posted09/14/2023