Self-Care for (School) Leaders (and anyone reading this)

School administrators regularly engage with students, staff and families who are in crisis, are experiencing depression, anxiety or a host of other mental health ailments. However, the pandemic and recent social unrest have secured trauma and mental health a place at the top of the leaderboard.  As a result, it is more important than ever …

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Admit mistakes before someone exaggerates the story.

I’ve learned a ton about leadership by making mistakes.  One in particular was around twenty years ago.  I was very early into my career as a school administrator and the district was working to pass a high stakes referendum.  As a member of the administrative team, one of the volunteer/community service roles I had was …

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Remote Work Environments & Self-Care

This is the fourth in a series of posts written collaboratively by Dr. Michele Andorfer and Mike Haynes.   In previous posts, we explored ways to ensure productivity doesn't suffer because of a remote work environment.  We also shared strategies that we learned from others regarding ways to build and nurture relationships when working remotely. In …

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Plan A

At the beginning of the pandemic in the US, I wrote a post suggesting that we seize the opportunity of what appeared to be additional time that educators had, given schools were closing and students were staying home.  Shortly thereafter, however, it became clear extra time was not necessarily available, as most educators, administrators and …

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