Blog Makeover!

Blogs seem to come and go these days. Blogs I used to read religiously are gone or no one has posted to them in months. It's so sad. Bloggers have a lot to say and it's good stuff so I hate to see them go. But I am guilty of getting too busy to post too. Sooooo......I thought if I did blog makeover I would want to see my new blog so I would post more often!

There seem to still be some glitches but it's close!

Blog header: I used Powerpoint for my new header. Last time I used PhotoShop Elements.

Background: Followed directions from Cutest Blog on the Block. Used PhotoShop Elements but only to figure out size that would upload to blogger.

A Principal and Her PLN

Some people are not who you think when you meet face to face.  They are better! Funnier, more genuine, relate-able, and like-minded. This summer I met some of my favorite people face to face....FINALLY!

Build your network. Connect with others. Share ideas. Reach out. The rewards are amazing! I just wish I could have met EVERYONE in my PLN.

First, my ISTE roommate Amber Teamann! Amber and I have connected online and on Voxer. Voxer adds a whole new dimension to online relationships so it was like we had been friends for years.
@8Amber8 @mmiller7571
The Melinda's :)
Blogger's Cafe group! And we still connect.
But then came NAESP2014! There is just something about meeting other principals from all over the country. Especially those you've grown to know and built relationships with over the years. I started blogging and tweeting in 2008. I can't even begin to name all the people who have influenced my work and my leadership since then. I can't even imagine where I would be without the help of my professional network.

Finally! Tony and I had been sharing ideas and collaborating with a group on Voxer and met face to face in the Social Media Lounge at #NAESP14.  You definitely need to follow @Tonysinanis and #Cantiague to learn how to tell your school's story on Social Media.

Yep! THE Peter DeWitt blogger extraordinaire!(Oh and Tony:)
 You know those people you wish you could work with every day? The ones you want on your team? For me that is Don. This picture records that moment in time I really did get to work side-by-side with him! I also had the honor of presenting and writing an article with Kathy Melton. She has amazing ideas!

#NAESP14 Social Media Lounge Ambassadors
And finally a huge thank you to Joe Mazza for putting this group together. These leaders were truly inspiring. You can find them Twitter here:

This post does little justice to all the people I have yet to meet and have literally changed the way I do my work, but it's a start. Thank you all for your collaboration all these months and year!!!

Random Acts of Kindness Kick-off

This year my goal is to help my teachers remember why they became a teacher. With Common Core, evaluation changes, staff changes, curriculum changes, etc. over the last couple of years we may have gotten away from what's most important.....making a difference in the lives of children. Yes of course our goal is to educate them. However it's easy to get lost in the guidelines, restrictions, and rules.

Before school started my leadership team took off on a mission to perform Random Acts of Kindness. Some were planned and some were spontaneous. Regardless, it was a great day of thinking of and serving others. Below are just a few of our stops.....
Lunch planning session

Departure in the district suburban!

We left these behind.

Laundry mat change

Leaving notes for teachers in other schools:)
Leaving coins for kids:)

Wish we could have seen kids find these:)
Final stop and reflection!

It was an amazing day! These are only a few of our stops. Motivation comes easy when you think of others and how to make their day special.