Resources from Webinars

Preparing for Leadership Today (Arnold & Roberts)

  • Twitter Chats
  • Ask for opportunities
  • Explore outside your building/campus
  • Ask for a mentor
  • Be humble
  • Lead from the heart
  • Journal
  • Trust the process
  • Understand the balance between teachers and students


Building School Culture (French and Schaefer – Salinas) 

  • Consistency in crucial
  • Lead by example / Model expectations
  • Be visible
  • Positive relationships important!
    • Have fun
    • Recognize good work
  • Know your “why” and share with staff
  • VIP days with staff
  • Hire new staff to build the culture
  • Include parents and students in activities


Behind The Scenes of Leadership (Hogan, McCord, Mayers)

*Model behaviors – you get what you model
*Communication is key
*Leadership is an “Inverted Pyramid”


*It’s lonely at the top – have support systems
*Know your WHY

*Decision making important – know your why behind your decisions
*Ensure Diversity
*Personal Wellness is important


Goal Setting (Jennifer Hogan & Lori Green)

Three main parts to setting goals

  • Motivation
  • Planning
  • Accountability


  • What is your why?  Must really reflect on this
  • Why do you want the goal you’re seeking?


  • Only 3% of people wrote down their goals for 2018.  Must be visible
  • Assign a date to reach the goal
  • Create a vision board


  • Tell at least three people of your goals
  • “Learn , unlearn, and relearn”
  • Celebrate successes along the way

Jennifer Hogan’s Goal Setting Guide


Interviewing Tips (Dr. Asia Armstrong, Theresa Stager & Karen Wood)

  • Know your purpose prior to applying/interviewing
  • Know a solid “why” to why you’re leaving current position
  • Do research on the school/district
  • Be truthful in answers – say you don’t know if you don’t know
  • Tell stories and have conversations
  • Be authentic and vulnerable
  • Make sure the position is a right fit for you as well
  • Don’t be afraid to take notes
  • Ask “Did I answer your question?”
  • Know district’s mission and vision
  • You are “on” from the moment you arrive on campus.  Best foot forward
  • Be prepared for anything and everything!
  • Have questions ready
  • Make connections with people you know in district/building
  • Send thank you immediately
  • Practice with your mentor!!!

Vulnerability (Jon Harper)

My Bad Podcast
Jon Harper Blog


  • Vulnerability is not a weakness, we actually need to see it as a strength
  • Things people are strong in, they were often weak in
  • Mistakes rouse us and strengthen us
  • It’s okay to make mistakes.  It allows others to make mistakes too.
  • Be able to have courageous conversations with others
  • Know full stories of others – moment that you share your mistake you feel a release
  • Apologize and move on – a lot of power in admitting a  mistake.
  • Mistakes allow growth

Top Ten Things to Know About School Leadership (Dr Tim McDermott & Craig Vroom)

  1. Start building relationships and connecting with all stakeholders (students, teachers and parents)
  • Be present at events – be with students and parents
  • Eat with students, talk with parents at events
  • Make students first & be with your people!
  1. Take time to listen to seek understanding about the school history as well important issues to the staff.
  • Ask “What needs to start?  What needs to stop? What should we continue?”
  • Make connections with all staff
  • Meet with teams of teachers
  • Hacking Leadership great book to read!
  1.  It’s okay to not know everything.
  • Show vulnerability to staff -leads to trust
  • Show you’re not the smartest in the room-  collaborate
  • Seek advice when needed – have a PLN!
  1.  Be on time!
  • Stay true to your commitments
  1. Cancel meetings if it’s just a meeting to meet
  • Value people’s time
  • Share dates of meetings ahead of time for planning purposes
  • Have teachers/staff lead meetings
  • Don’t hold meetings where you are the one talking – small group break outs, others lead, etc.
  • Have an agenda – have a take-a-way for implementation – ACTION!
  1. Offer professional development / growth opportunities
  • Offer teachers/staff an opportunity to grow – book chats, morning meetings, etc.
  • Address topics such as social/emotional learning
  1. Hold staff accountable
  • Hold crucial conversations
  • Be a role model- walk the walk/talk the talk
  • Listen – shows you’re invested
  1. Connect with students
  • Email can wait.  Students are there certain times.  Be with them.
  • Be in classrooms, lunchroom, etc.   
  1. Have FUN!!!
  • Do things with students – play games, interact in class activities
  • Allow student ran podcasts, announcements
  • Laugh, make a fool of yourself!
  1. Work to cultivate, create and care for the culture in the school
  • Be intentional – start with relationships
  • Work to create celebrations, rituals, traditions
  • Ask questions, what is important to your staff?
  • Write handwritten letters to your staff.  Show appreciation.  

Work/Life Balance (Lori Green & Mark French)

  • Need to make priorities
  • Use tools – Use Smartphone to sync calendars
  • Color Note is a great app to use for calendars
  • If you have an open door policy, make time for yourself (calls, lunch, etc)
  • Know your Support Team (Family, specific team members, PLN)
  • Delegate tasks
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Be authentic with staff – staff will step up
  • Have FUN with your staff (treat trolleys, ice cream bars, popcorn parties)
  • Celebrate staff
  • Have a specific cut off time for work at home
  • Schedule as many meetings as you can for the year and announce – no surprise meeting or unnecessary meetings; respect time of others
  • Address your well being – You’re a parent, spouse, etc., too!  Family First

Resumes, Cover Letters & Portfolios (Jennifer Hogan & Jacie Maslyk)


  • Do not need to be limited to one page
  • No “cutesy” stuff (flowers, pictures, etc) – No “Pinterest” Resumes
  • Start with leadership experiences – top of resumes need to set you apart from others
  • Ask others for feedback
  • Use strong words/verbs
  • Spell check – ask others to edit
  • Stand out in an appropriate way

Cover Letters:

  • Don’t repeat the resume
  • Draw the reader in
  • Do your homework about the district/school
  • Be authentic and relatable


  • Digital is best
  • Link on resume (use bitly)
  • Send ahead of time to interviewers
  • Samples in portfolio – link blog too!


  • OK to email it prospective employers

School Leadership: Behind the Scenes (Mark French & Craig Vroom)

  • Relationships are the key to success in leadership!
  • 1st days of school are important – check out Alan November’s work
  • Follow #PrincipalsInAction on Twitter
  • Take time to call home – #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay (Principal French started this!)
  • Don’t put off difficult conversations/phone calls; address problems right away
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Make sure you have a work/life balance and model this to staff (take personal days, eat lunch)
  • Acknowledge the difference between leading and managing
  • Engage in learning opportunities – Twitter, PD, Conferences, serve on state and national organizations
  • Thank and acknowledge others

The Importance of Relationships (Jon Wennstrom, Lori Green & Allyson Apsey)

  • Rita Pierson’s TedTalk 
  • Be A Champion for Every Student 
  • Keys to Creating the Ultimate School Culture
  • Watch Facebook Live Episodes of The Principal’s Playhouse with Jon and Allyson
  • Relationships, relationships, relationships … key to success
  • Must take time to build trust within staff
  • Have entry conversations with your staff.  WHat’s working well?  WHat needs improved?
  • Meet with students and parents
  • If you have an open door policy – keep it.
  • Be transparent & purposeful
  • Assume positive intent
  • Do fun, creative things with your staff (outings, scavenger hunts, painting classes)
  • Show staff they matter – treats, special events (½ day personal leave)

Building Your Skill Set / Professional Development (Alyse Consiglio & Tim McDermott)

  • Immerse yourself in learning about other subjects – you don’t have to be an expert, but be willing to learn.
  • Coach or mentor others.
  • Ask for leadership opportunities.  Projects, mentor teachers, present, learn scheduling, assist with testing)
  • Attend and present at EdCamps
  • Embrace Technology – Tell your story or someone else will
  • Try Blogging, Remind, Hour of Code, Book Studies, Twitter.
  • Understand data!  Key when interviewing.
  • Be creative with resume.  Doesn’t have to be “one size fits all”.  Make a website – go digital! At interviews, be passionate and show who you are!
  • It is important to reflect often.  Know your why!
  • Mentorship is so important! “Never go alone!”
  • It’s critical to ask for feedback.
  • READ every day!  
  • CONNECT!  Face to Face or Virtually with like minded people.
  • Attend conferences and join organizations – Great way to bring ideas back to your building and connect.

Tech Tools and Tips Takeaways (Jennifer Hogan) 

  • To make Twitter Chats manageable try TweetDeck or TweetChat
  • Join a Twitter Chat – here’s a running list of chats!
  • For amazing graphics of all kinds try Canva
  • Follow @cybraryman1 on Twitter (lists of resources)
  • Blogging is the new resume! (WordPress or Blogger are user friendly)
  • Voxer is an easy way to communicate with others – download app to phone
  • Add Boomerang to your Gmail to schedule emails
  • Use Remind as a communication tool for staff/students/community
  • SMORE is an easy way to make newsletter