Top 100 School Administrator Blogs

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BoardBuzz_Top100administrtorblogs Board Buzz – This site is a daily weblog for the National School Board Association, and some of the many post categories include “Charter Schools,” “Early Childhood Education,” “Education Technology,” and much more. Recommended Posts: “Schools and public health departments: partnering for success” and “International student assessment shows progress but long road ahead.” Connected Principals – This highly recommended site is a “must-read” for any principal who is interested in the future of education. All of the posts are written by numerous administrators, most of whom are included on this list. Recommended posts: “Less is more. Teach less, learn more” and “19 Top Ideas for Education in Drive by Daniel Pink.” LeaderTalk - Written “by school leaders, for school leaders,” these posts discuss several important topics every administrator should be aware of, ranging from homework and politicians, to teachers and leadership issues. Recommended posts: “How Parent-Friendly is Your Campus?” and “Habits and Habitats: Rethinking Learning Spaces for the 21st Century.” The Leading EdgeFrom the American Association of School Administrators, the “mission” of this blog is to “support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children.” Recommended posts: “Surviving A Thousand Cuts” and “USED Establishes 16 Priorities for Discretionary Grants.” Practical Principals – “Practical Principals is a podcast hosted by two practicing principals with “practical” ideas to help other principals in their current administrative positions,” writes co-author Melinda Miller, who also blogs for The Principal Blog. “We try to stay away from philosophy and visionary topics and stick to practical tips that can be used immediately.”Recommended posts: “Practical Principals 23 – #EduconEnvy, Ten Things, and the iPad” and “Practical Principals 19 – Wikified.”

Pre K-12

The Compass Point – Josie Holford is currently the head of a Pre K-12 grade school in Poughkeepsie, New York and she has been blogging since 2005. Recommended posts: “Social Media and School Leadership” and “NPR and Me.” Introit_topadministratorblogs Introit – Kevin J. Ruth, who is from Southeastern Pennsylvania, has been blogging for almost 2 years. He explains that he uses his blog to “inspire school leaders with commentary that inspires innovation and re-consideration of extant models of ‘doing school.’” His advice to administrators who are new to social media is to “ignore the push-back, and jump right in. The more you write and share your insights in a thoughtful manner, the sooner folks will embrace what you’re trying to accomplish. Conversations will follow sooner than you think!” Recommended posts: “Review of The Shallows” and “Parallels: Cloud Computing and Change in Schools.” The Passion-Driven Leader – Amy Sandvold is a Pre K-8th grade school administrator from Waterloo, Iowa, and writes that through her blog to she hopes to help join “passionate school leaders” together to “spread a Passion-Driven Education Revolution.” Recommended posts: “Are You Passion-Driven or Passion-Based?” and “Passion-Driven Leaders Unite!”

K-12

The 21st Century Principal – John Robinson is a principal in Newton, North Carolina, and he has been blogging for about 3 years. “The sole purpose of my blog is advocating for both public education and for the engagement of technology in our education system,” he writes. “I want to share my own experiences with education and technology with other educators in general and administrators in particular.” He highly recommends that other administrators get established with Twitter, a blog, or to try using an RSS reader “to filter the education conversation out there…These three tools allow me to both follow the world conversation about education and to share all the things I find out,” he explains. “To become engaged in the social media conversation about education is as simple as sharing your own personal knowledge and experience, and then commenting on that of others.” Recommended posts: “6 Ways to Stretch Your School or District Technology Budget” and “3 Reasons an Administrator Needs an iPad.” Bircher’s Banter -  “I believe all administrators should become active in social media, so they can better understand how technology can improve student, staff and their own learning,” advises Dave Bircher, a principal of a K-12 school in Montmartre, SK, Canada. “The purpose of my blog is to discuss issues and share ideas pertinent to school administration and K-12 education,” he writes. “The sharing of ideas and humour are important for all school administrators.” Recommended posts: “Building School Culture” and “The Educator and Extra-Curricular.” Center for Teaching – “The purpose of the Center for Teaching blog is to share resources with other educators, provide perspective and commentary on educational issues and trends, and use it as a learning forum through which educators can stay connected to relevant topics,” writes Robert Ryshke, who was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from UW in 1976 with a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology. “Take the plunge,” he recommends to other administrators, “Get help. Ask questions, mostly from people who are younger than you. Good way to connect. Keep it professional!” Recommended posts: “Promote a Culture of Learning with Faculty” and “Extending the AP Conversation.” DangerouslyIrrelevant_Top100administratorblogs Dangerously Irrelevant -  “Dangerously Irrelevant focuses on the leadership side of K-12 technology, an aspect that’s absolutely critical but usually neglected,” explains Dr. Scott McLeod, an associate professor of educational administration at Iowa State University. (He also works as the director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education, commonly referred to as CASTLE). His advice for administrators who are new to social media is to “dive in with both feet” and to ask everyone you know for advice and tips: “Remember that the education blogosphere / Twittersphere is a pretty welcoming place,” he writes. “Start as a learner/listener, and then gradually (but quickly) move into connecting and sharing.” Recommended posts: “Enhancing your e-mail productivity – Boomerang for Gmail and NudgeMail” and “12 videos to spark educators’ thinking.” David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts -  “This blog has provided me with an opportunity to share my learning, and more than anything else it has challenged me to be accountable in a way that no other professional development ever has,” writes David Truss, who is originally from Canada but currently works as a principal of a Pre K-9 Foreign National School in Dalian, China. “It has reminded me that I love to learn and it is part of a learning process that I truly love.” He advises other administrators to “try Twitter and stay with it long enough to ‘get it.’” Recommended posts: “We aren’t in the ‘teaching business’, rather we are in the ‘learning business‘” and “On being an agent of change.” Donald Clark Plan B – For the past 5 years, Donald Clark has been using his blog to discuss the use of technology in classrooms, and the future of education in the 21st century. Recommended posts: “Whiteboards: the white stuff or black holes?” and “Skype learning – 7 great benefits.” The Genius in Children -  Rick Acklery is a “nationally recognized educator and speaker” with over 44 years of experience at working in education. He previously worked as a principal of four different schools,and his articles have been featured in Education Week, the New York Times, and much more. Recommended posts: “Is Praise Good for Children?” and “A Home and a Heaven for Children.” Innovation 3 – Some of the many topics discussed on this blog include digital media, social networking, Twitter, and employment. Recommended posts: “Craig Watkins: Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media” and “2020 LMC 3.0.” InnovativeEducator_Top100administratorblogs The Innovative Educator – Lisa Nielsen, an educational administrator from New York City, has been blogging for the past 3 years, and uses her blog to “share ideas about educating innovatively.” When it comes to giving advice to administrators who are new to blogging, she recommends that they “embrace the tools and spaces students love, to empower them to become independent, 21st century learners.” Recommended posts: “Are Interactive Whiteboards a Smart Idea when they Make Even the Most Innovative of Educators Look Dumb? – 10 Reasons to Ditch the Board ” and “A Dozen or So Reasons I Applaud Lamar High School for Ditching School Library Books.” In the Lead -  “My advice for administrators new to social media who want to learn more is to find someone you trust to serve as your guide and jump in,” writes Jaime Dial. (Jaime works as a district-level administrator in the curriculum, instruction, and assessment department in Northwest Missouri, and has been blogging since July 2009). “I was fortunate to have someone in my district who was well-versed in social media. Although he was an instructional coach and I was a district-level leader, I wasn’t afraid to ask him for his help. I decided that if I was ever going to ask folks to jump in and start using the tools available through social media and other avenues, I had to do it as well.” Recommended posts: “Adult Learning: What role do you play?” and “Information Circumspection.” KARE Givers – Sean Grainger works as a teacher/administrator in Red Deer, AB, Canada, and has been blogging for a little over a year. He writes that the purpose of his blog is “to remind us that teaching and learning is a process that involves people, and that people need more than instruction; they need acceptance, understanding, support, and care.” He goes to explain that administrators should not feel like they need to be ‘experts’ before fully embracing social media: “There is tremendous value in being open to developing SM skills in real time together with staff. They will appreciate collaborating with a leader who is willing to explore the educational possibilities of SM alongside them.” The Leading Source“We have two goals in the Leading Source,” explains blogger Naomi Dillon, “to provide commentary and insight on the latest education issues and to highlight the work we do on the American School Board Journal.” (Naomi has been blogging and managing the Leading Source since 2007). “I would advise administrators interested in delving into social media to stay authentic in voice and message. It’s the only way to generate genuine dialogue.” Recommended posts: “Community engagement, great in theory but hard in practice” and “New on ASBJ.com.” Mrs. Mann’s Blog – “I’ve been blogging only for a couple of months now, but I have found it to be a really effective way to keep in touch with current research and trends in education,” writes Katherine Mann. “I also value the connections that I have made with other administrators. My primary reason for blogging is to promote a culture of professional talk and collaboration amongst the staff, and to give myself a space to be reflective about my work. Very often, I will read an interesting book or article, and the furthest it will go is to make copy and leave in someone’s mailbox or forward a link. With blogging, I get a chance to reflect on the material I’ve read, and make connections to the work that we’re doing in my school.” Recommended posts: “Homework For Learning” and “Mistakes Are More Fun.” Molehills out of Mountains -  “I enjoy writing about technology in education, issues of educational equity, school leadership and strategies for working with ‘at-risk’ students,” writes Jeff Delp, a K-12 administrator from Tempe, AZ, who has been blogging for about a year. “Twitter is a particularly powerful tool for educators. It is a great way to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and share links/information…Like anything, you just have to have the courage to begin the discussion.  There are lots of people out there with similar interests who will provide guidance along the way.” Recommended posts: “Civility Begins With Me” and “Homework Hubbub: Reflective Assignments.” The Principal of Change – George Couros is a K-12 principal from Stony Plain, AB, Canada, and he has been blogging for approximately 8 months. He explains that purpose of his blog is “to be a reflective educator in an open and transparent way.” His advice for other administrators who are new to social media? “Technology is just the tool that you are using,” he explains. “There is so much that you can learn through this means, but more importantly, it is about connecting with people.  Find some people that have already started and help them connect you with others.  The impact in your practice will be huge!” Recommended posts: “Evolution of a Lead learner” and “Risk Taking Does Not Fit With Perfection.” Principal Reflections – “Principal Reflections is my attempt to dig a bit deeper into the issues I come across in education every day that may prove interesting, helpful, or inspiration to other educators and parents within the Hopkinton community and throughout the blogosphere,” writes Bill Carozza, the principal of Harold Martin School, Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Bill has been blogging since July 2008, and his advice for other administrators is to pick one component of social media to become comfortable with at first: “If your teachers see that you have an interest in social media and you want to be proficient, then it will be clear that it is not just a passing thing but something that’s here to stay.” Recommended posts: “House Bill 39” and “Disney’s Organizational Chart.” Shared Leadership – “Shared Leadership is focused on creating awareness and motivation to adapt our education system and experience to the Digital Age,” writes Jamie Feild Baker. (Jamie is from Memphis, Tennessee, and has been blogging for 3 years). “I write about change leadership, adult learning, strategic thinking, accountability, growth mindset and developing an entrepreneurial spirit within ourselves so that we can influence our classrooms and schools.” Jamie advises other administrators to “give up the idea of learning” and try to find a few blogs to read regularly: “Blogging and technology is best learned by jumping in and doing it. Find a good, friendly techno-savvy person who is at least 2 or 3 steps ahead of you and ask questions. Also, don’t forget to Google or search on Youtube any questions that you might have – others have had them before you and have shared their answers. Lastly, don’t be afraid to misstep or make mistakes because that is the best way to learn.” Recommended posts: “Creating a Culture of Innovation” and “Ed Tech.” Transleadership – “The purpose of my blog is to write about, support, and push to continue this shift toward connected learning, especially from the perspective of an educational leader  (and more recently as a parent),” writes Tony Baldasaro. (Tony works as the chief learning officer at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School in Exeter, NH, and has been blogging since July 2009). “My biggest regret is not starting earlier,” he admits. “Since becoming transparent and learning out loud, I have made more connections and learned from more passionate educators than I ever expected.  So my advice [for administrators] would to to do two things to get going.  First, begin writing publicly (ie. blog). Second, find someone you trust on Twitter and follow him or her.  Then follow those that he or she follow as well.  This will get you started.” Recommended posts: “Tools Are Still Not the Answer” and “Teach Students not Programs.” weblogg-ed – Will Richardson works as the “Learner in Chief” at Connective Learning in New Jersey, and he uses his site to discuss the use of Weblogs, wikis, audiocasts, and the future of learning “in the K-12 realm.” Recommended posts: “A New Culture of Learning” and “The Wrong Conversations.”

Elementary/Primary

Apply Today – Assistant Principal Kevin Creutz, from St. Charles, MO, has been blogging for 1 year and uses his blog to “[share his] experiences in education in a way that other educators can apply to their own career.”  His advice to administrators is to “take advantage of the massive amount of information and sharing that is taking place…We are stronger educators when we use each other to become better teachers, administrators, etc.,” he writes. Recommended posts: “Enhance Student Learning” and “Launch Party.” Education for All -  “[My blog] is really a way for me to share my views on the issues that are important to me and education, writes Don Cowart, an elementary school principal from Rhode Island who has been blogging since December 2006. “In the beginning no one really reads your blog, so you need to write for yourself. It isn’t about becoming famous or making money, because those things don’t often happen.” His advice for administrators who are new to social media? “Blogging is so easy,” he writes. “Websites like Blogger make it easy for anyone to blog. My 6th graders at my school blog using free easy to use web-based programs like Blogger. Before you start you should take some time to cruise the Internet and read and comment on other blogs related to your interests and genre. It will help you focus your blog.” Recommended posts: “To Blog or Not to Blog…..That is the Question” and “Passion.” The Evolution of Education -  Brian J. Nichols is a former elementary school principal, but currently works as the executive director of elementary education. Recommended posts: “Teach Don’t Tell” and “No Excuses.” FreshfromtheFarm_Top100administratorblogs Fresh from the Farm! – Susan T. Phillips, an elementary school principal from Jacksonville, FL, stated that the purpose of her blog is to “communicate with my faculty and showcase our school’s work with the public, opens up a network of feedback from teachers and peers.” Her advice for other administrators is to “just do it” and “educate yourself about doing it wisely and then try it…Start looking for others who are embracing it and follow them.” Recommended posts: “The Blogging Challenge – What Book Made the Biggest Impact on Your Life?” and “You’re in BIG Trouble…NOT!Memorial School Principal’s Blog – Karen Rickershauser is the principal of Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, MA, and her blog provides updates on the latest information about activities and events at her school. Recommended posts: “After-School Homework & Study Club Gr. 3-5” and “New Memorial School Tile Project.” National Association of Elementary School Principals – Specifically for elementary and middle school principals, this blog discusses educational issues as well as any recent news concerning the future of education. Recommended posts: “Survey: Definitions of Effective Principals” and “The Unintended Consequence of Suspensions.” Of Principal Concern – Gary Hopkins has been the editor-in-chef of EducationWorld.com since 1997, and previously worked as a third-grade classroom teacher and the managing editor of Weekly Reader, the largest free website for educators. Recommended posts: “BLOG BITS: Video Motivates Science Fair Interest, Student Perfectionists, Fund for Teachers” and “‘Peace Keepers’ Program Brings School’s Totem Story to Life.” OHE_Top100administratorblogs OHE Principal’s Blog by Dr. Cathryn Mitchell – Dr. Cathryn Mitchell works as a principal at a Pre K-5 grade school in Austin, TX, and has been blogging since August. She explains that the purpose of her blog is to “inform parents of what is happening at school” and to let them learn more about her through the process. “I had a fabulous parent help me get started [on my blog],” she writes. “Many of our parents send the blogs for teachers. All teachers have to do is send the parent an e-mail with blog information.” The Principal Blog Melinda Miller, (from Springfield, MO), has been blogging for 6 years, and her blog is designed for “practicing school principals” to share ideas with other administrators. “My advice would be to start somewhere,” she writes. “Whether you start with Twitter or blogging our community is very accepting and helpful…Don’t worry about mistakes at first, just get started.” Recommended posts: “Principal Back to School To-do list….” and “Promoting your school through Smilebox.” The Principal’s Blog – Ft. Myers Christian School – This blog documents the numerous activities and events that are taking place at Ft. Myers Christian School in Florida. Recommended posts: “Fourth Grade Meets The Mayor” and “Special Project in 2A.” The Principal and Interest – Dave Sherman, an elementary school principal in Deerfield, IL who has been blogging for the last 5 years, currently operates two blogs; (one is for school use and one is for his own personal opinions and viewpoints). “I use the school blog as a communication tool for parents and the community,” he writes. “I use my own blog to share my opinions on education, parenting, and other interests.” His advice for other administrators is to “understand the power of RSS” and create an account on Bloglines, Google Reader, or some other site. “Start reading other educators’ blogs and add them to your RSS aggregator. Next, create a simple blog on a site like Edublogs or WordPress. Write comments on other blogs and link to your own blog. That will start establishing a readership of your own.” He also explains that administrators should create an account on Delicious.com and start bookmarking on it. “This will lead to other educators who have bookmarked the same and similar sites.”  Recommended posts: “The Land of Studenthood” and “Engagement, Empowerment, Enthusiasm – Part One.” Principal Learner – “[The purpose of my blog] is to clarify my thinking for myself and, on the off chance  that someone actually reads one of my ramblings, interact with like minded people,” writes Daniel Winters, an elementary school principal in Chula Vista, CA. His tips for other administrators who are new to social media is to “decide on your purpose for any tool, then jump right in.” Recommended posts: “Antecedents of Excellence” and “Dewey Derailed.” Principal (le?) Learning – Greg Carroll works as a principal at a primary school in New Zealand, and writes about how to improve the future of education for students, ePortfolios, technology in the classroom, and much more. Recommended posts:”ULearn Presentation” and “ePortfolios.” Principal’s Point of View – Larry Fliegelman is a principal in Massachusetts and has been blogging since the summer of 2009. “I blog to share ideas and learn from other educators,” he writes. He also recommends that other administrators should “follow lots of educators on Twitter,” and “create a simple blog and dive in. Start with blog posts highlighting your school.” Recommended posts: “The Librarian and the Rules, Girls and Boys” and “Topic Sentence? I’ll give you a topic sentence.”

Principal’s Post -  “I write about Educational Change and Leadership keeping in mind that we need to keep the needs of our students first,” writes Akevy Greenblatt, a lower school principal in Memphis, TN, who started blogging 6 months ago. “I write to express and share my ideas with others. I also enjoy getting comments so that I can learn from others as well…For me, I just jumped. I first was on Twitter watching then I started tweeting, which lead to my blog. My advice would be just jump and see what’s out there read other tweets and other blogs, and once you get a feel for things share your ideas. I believe that all administrators need to embrace social media as a way of collaborating and sharing and growing professionally, and having a blog is one way to do that.” Recommended posts: “My Thoughts On Effective Teaching” and ““All or Nothing”- I Don’t Think So.”

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The Principal’s Posts -  “I use writing and posting to my blog as a reflective activity towards improving my practice. That is the main purpose,” explains Lyn Hilt, an elementary principal/school administrator from Pennsylvania who has been blogging since November 2009. “I also enjoy reading the reflections of other educators who read my blog and post comments, which in turn leads me to their blogs where I can learn even more about our field.” Her advice for other administrators is to start with Twitter, utilize hashtags to widen your audience, and share your first posts: “Begin by establishing a supportive network of educators with whom you can go to with questions,” she writes. “Comment on others’ blogs. Include links to other blogs/resources in your posts. Don’t be frustrated if you don’t get a lot of comments right away. Write for YOU! The readers will come.” Recommended posts: “Inspiration delivers” and “Good teaching is everywhere.”

Teach It, Tech It, Learn It, Lead It. – Chris Atkinson writes about everything from teaching and leadership, to educational technology and teacher effectiveness. Recommended posts: “Google Apps For Education – Indiana Webinar Pt. 1” and “Gates Report Indicates Test Scores A Predictor In Teacher Effectiveness.” The Wejr Board – Chris Wejr is an elementary school principal in Agassiz, BC, Canada, and previously worked as a physical education, math, and science teacher, as well as an elementary vice principal and athletic coach. Recommended posts: “The Price of Grades” and “Is Learning A Sport?

Middle/Junior

Dane’s Education Blog – Dane Peters is the head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS), and has been blogging for the past 4 years. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “provide insights on children and parenting” as well as to provide resources for educators and parents on children, teaching, and learning. Recommended posts: “Teachers Learning Together” and “More on E-book Revolution.” Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? – Scott Elias is a middle school principal in Loveland, CO, and some of the many post topics on his blog include technology, teaching, educational conferences, and creativity. Recommended posts: “Practicing what I preach” and “My Commencement Address to the Class of 2009.” Intercultural Responsiveness – “Intercultural Responsiveness is about the reality that we are all cultural beings, and learning about ourselves and others will help us learn how to recognize and appreciate differences and interact in effective, appropriate, and supportive ways,” explains Tom Altepeter, the assistant principal at Lucile Erwin Middle School in Loveland, CO. “Jump in with Twitter,” he advises to other administrators. “Do a search for #cpchat. Follow some of those people and some of the people they follow. The learning will happen naturally from there.” Recommended posts: “The Mistakes We Make” and “Nuts & Bolts: Part 1.” ItsaboutLearning_Top100administratorblogs It’s About Learning -  “On ‘It’s About Learning,’ I try to talk about the roots and foundations of learning,” explains Bo Adams, a junior high principal from Atlanta, GA, who has been blogging since July 2008. “For the past 50 years, educators have seemed to gravitate more and more to talking about teaching. However, in the past few years, there has been a resurgence of focusing on LEARNING. I try to promote that shift in focus.” Adams’s advice for other administrators is to start a Twitter account and find 5 to 10 educators to follow: “Get the hang for using Twitter as a daily learning tool. Also, starting to follow other educator blogs is a great way to learn.” Recommended posts: “Do Schools Match the Tools?” and “GOOGLE and the JHS.” Principally Speaking -  “My sole purpose is to sharing my thinking, mistakes, and innovation with others, so that the marketplace of ideas grows,” writes Dr. Robert Dillon, a middle school principal from Saint Louis, MO, who has been blogging for over 2 years. “My advice is that [administrators] should try one or two things at a time, be willing to take risks and ask questions. There will be something that doesn’t go well, and you should be ready to pick and choose what works for you. There isn’t an option to do nothing in this realm.” Recommended posts: “Middle School Beauty and Art” and “Counterinsurgency and School Discipline.” South Brandywine Middle School Principal’s Blog — John Reid has been blogging for almost a year, and uses his blog to “provide people with a good picture of what occurs in our school.” When asked to provide tips or advice to other administrators who are new to social media, he recommends that they “have to jump in and make it a priority.” Recommended posts: “South and Scott Students Skype About Books!!!!” and “South Brandywine Kicks Off Bullying Prevention and Awareness Plan!Tiger Principal – This blogger is principal of a middle school in Idaho, (she named her blog after her school’s mascot), and the purpose of her blog is to “share insights into educational issues” that are affecting her community. Recommended posts: “Why Power of “I”?” and “Morale is a Team Effort.”

Secondary/High School

A Principal’s Reflections – “The sole purpose of my blog is to reflect on educational leadership, share successful strategies, and promote innovation within my school,” writes Eric Sheninger, a principal in New Milford, NJ, who has been blogging since March 2010. “Tips:  Don’t be afraid to stick your toe in the water! Social media has the ability to enhance the work administrators do on a daily basis, especially in the areas of communications, knowledge acquisition, finding resources, and collaboration with colleagues across continents. Follow other “tech-savvy” administrators before taking the plunge!” Recommended posts: “What is the Most Effective Classroom Technology?” and “Take Control of Your Public Relations.” Burlington High School Principal’s Blog -  The posts on this blog update readers on events that are taking place at Burlington High School in Massachusetts. Recommended posts: “Third Annual Artist Alumni Day A Great Success!” and “Course Weight Discussion – What I Will Recommend To School Committee This Week.” Burlington High School Associate Principal’s Blog -  This blog is for students, (or parents of students), at Burlington High School who are interested in staying up to date on their school’s activities and events. Recommended posts: “Mentor Tutors are Back for Mid-Term Help!” and “Freshman Orientation Questions & Feedback.” Darcy Moore’s Blog – From Kiama, Australia, this deputy principal has a passion for introducing students to various Web 2.0 tools, along with helping teachers and other administrators develop Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). Recommended posts: “10 IDEAS: blogED Prezi” and “10 questions for your child’s teacher.”

Deputy Principals Online – Yet another blog created by Darcy Moore, the posts on this site discuss cybersafety for students, the use of technology in education, and numerous technological tools every administrator should be aware of. Recommended posts: “Professional Learning Day” and “Cybersafety and Digital Footprints.”

  Educational Discourse – This blogger is a vice principal of a high school in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has a passion for Web 2.0 tools, leadership issues, and social networking. Recommended posts: “Finding your focus” and “Online Bookmarking – Not an Option.” The Fischbowl -  Karl Fisch works as the director of technology at a high school in Centennial, CO, and also worked as a teacher for 21 years. Recommended posts: “We See This as the Future of Higher Education” and “No Extra Credit Required.” The Learning Nation – Cale Birk is principal from Kamloops, BC, Canada, and his posts discuss  important topics such as class sizes, student achievement, and attendance policies. Recommended posts: “A Baker’s Dozen to Follow — No Measurements Required For This Recipe” and “Research – It should be called BS Repellent.” Learning the Now – Gino Bondi is a principal at John Oliver Secondary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and has a passion for “redefining learning” at his school with the use of technology. Recommended posts: “Ever Expanding Horizons of Possibility: The Leaders We Need Now” and “Personalized Education: Learning that is Meaningful and Important.” Lisa Learning - Lisa Neale currently works as a principal from Ontario, Canada, and some of the many post topics included on her blog touch on School Improvement Visits (SIP), PLNs, and the future of education in the 21st century. Recommended posts: “3 Words: Personalize, Blend, Balance” and “Is Leadership Different in 21st Century?

Mexico High School Principal’s Corner – Dr. Terry Robinson uses his blog to praise successful students and teachers at his high school, and most recently he conducted a parent-teacher e-mail survey and posted the results on his blog. Recommended posts: “PARENT FEEDBACK about parent teacher conferences” and “Fall Posting.”

Practical Theory – Chris Lehmann is a principal in Philadelphia, PA, and he also previously worked as a technology coordinator, English teacher, and athletic coach in Manhattan. Recommended posts: “When I Learned to Hate Drugs” and “What I Ask of SLA Teachers.” NationalAssociation_Top100administratorblogs The Principal Difference -  From the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the “head blogger” of this site, (Mel Riddile) is a secondary school principal from Reston, VA, and topics  include teaching, curriculum and instruction, and graduation rates. Recommended posts: “Five Internet Trends” and “Highly Qualified: Just find the great teachers!Principal’s Policy Blog -  Also from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, some of the many categories include “Federal Funding,” “Adolescent Literacy,” “School Reform Policy,” and “IDEA/Special Education.” Recommended posts: “Department of Education Releases National Education Technology Plan and Launch of Online Communities” and “School Districts Reveal Lack of Familiarity, Implementation with Turnaround Models.” Refreshing Wednesday – “I try to post something that helps educators return to their true priorities (whatever those may be),” writes Stephen Valentine, the assistant head of the upper school at the Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey. “School gets pretty messy — I hope my blog lends some clarity.” Stephen has been blogging for one year, and his advice to other administrators who are new to social media is to ‘dive in.’ “It is difficult to talk about social media if you haven’t tried it,” he explains. Recommended posts: “Life Beyond Screens” and “Your Opinion Matters.” Tado – Not only does Darren Cannell, (an administrator from Saskatoon, Canada) post about educational issues on his blog, he also posts his artwork, pictures, and favorite videos quotes as well. Recommended posts: “Education Discussion” and “U.S. Schools Are Still Ahead–Way Ahead.” Technology’s Guiding Principals – Dominic J. Giegerich’s passion for the use of technology in schools is evident when scrolling through his posts, some of which discuss Web 2.0 tools, Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), online learning, and Twitter. Recommended posts: “Coffee with a shot of PLN in the morning” and “Web 2.0/PLN class evolves, redefines “wait-time.’” #Vanmeter- Leading the Educational Transformation -  Deron Durflinger works as a secondary school principal in Van Meter, IA, and writes that his hope for education is “for schools to move away from the factory model developed over 100 years ago, to a more relevant system for learners of the 21st century.” Recommended posts: “Do Walkthroughs Make a Difference?” and “What Are You Doing To Threaten The Status Quo?

College/University

The Brescia Weekly LEADer! - “My blog is just one of many ways that I try to better connect with the Brescia community,” writes Colleen Hanycz, the principal of Brescia University College in London, ON, Canada, who has been blogging for almost a year. “At Brescia, we recognize the growing importance of social media in connecting with our students and alumnae and blogging has been a great vehicle for this connection. It also allows for some wonderful feedback, both from those connected and those not connected to the Brescia family, so that our wider community has a sense of what we are up to.” Her tips for other administrators? “You need to set aside specific time for blogging, something that is often challenging to do in a busy administrative schedule. I have begun to keep a list of topics or events that pique my interest, to be blogged about at a later time!” Recommended posts: “Beware of the Bubble!” and “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Leaders.”

Yale College’s first Principal’s blog! – Although principal Paul Croke will be retiring from his position this August, he uses his blog to update his staff, students, or even prospective students with the activities and events taking place at Yale College. Recommended posts: “World Skills Team Challenge at Yale College” and “Yale’s Record of Success.”

Director

21apples - Arvind S. Grover works as the director of technology at The Hewitt School in New York City, and identifies himself as a “constructivist educator.” Recommended posts: “The Concord Consortium – beautiful math and science software and tools – free!” and “The Modern Educator – a talk on young people and the Internet.” Blogg-Ed Indetermination – Steve Taffee is an administrator/director of strategic projects at an all girl’s independent school, (grades 6-12), and has been blogging since July 2008. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “provide a perspective” on 3 things he is passionate about: Education, technology, and environmental sustainability. As for other administrators who are new to social media, he advises them to “try repurposing content you are already creating.” (“For example, if you have a newsletter you send to parents or alumni, use that as the basis for your blog posts.”) He also recommends that administrators “start small” and to use an “informal, conversational tone.” Recommended posts: “The Goldilocks Number: Systems Complexity” and “The Changing Influence of Teachers.” BlueSkunk_Top100administratorblogs The Blue Skunk – Doug Johnson works as the director of media and technology for Mankato Public Schools, MN, and he has also worked in numerous leadership positions for state/national organizations, such as ISTE and AASL. Recommended posts: “BFTP: What gets tested, gets taught” and “Steps to keeping your tech sanity.” Chalkdust101 -  Patrick Higgins currently works for the Verona Public Schools in Verona, NJ, and he has been blogging since 2005. “It’s mostly a reflective space for me to push through ideas that I want to know more about,” he explains. “I don’t really write for any purpose expressly, but when I need to clarify my thinking, that’s the first place I turn to.” His tip for administrators is to “dive in and see how you can leverage the network that is out there to learn, grow, and find easier ways to do things.” Recommended posts: “2010 in review” and “Can We Handle the Truth?Drape’s Takes -  Darren Draper is the director of technology services for the Canyons School District in Utah, and some of the many categories on his blog include “#Edchat,” “Reform,” and “Moral Issues in Education.” Recommended posts: “Barriers That Hold Some Back ” and “On Empathy, Culture, and Barriers to Making Technology Integral to Teaching.” The Power of Educational Technology – Liz B. Davis is the director of academic technology at an independent, all boys, grades 7-12 school near Boston, MA. She also has a weekly post series titled, “Two for Tuesday,” where she updates her readers on the latest Web 2.0 tools that she (or her students) have discovered. Recommended posts: “Ten Flashcard Apps for Tuesday” and “On being different…Mr. Torode’s Guidance – This blogger not only posts monthly newsletters on his blog, he also includes various resources for other administrators, such as learning disability and college/career resource links. Recommended posts: “December Newsletter – 7 Skills Students Need to Survive” and “Parent and Student College Workshop.” williamstites.net - “Try to look at educational technology and make it easy enough for a 3rd grader to understand,” advises William Stites to other administrators. (William is the director of technology at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey). “Don’t worry about contributing (tweeting), just spend time finding people to follow and see how the conversations and ideas flow.” Recommended posts: “The iPad in Education and the Questions” and “Expanding the Definition of Community to a Global Community.”

School Board

Laurie Goodman’s Blog – Laurie Goodman is a member of the Board of Education in Ridgewood, NJ, and she has been blogging for 3 years. She explains that the purpose of her blog is to “communicate and engage with parents and other members of the community in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on education issues at the local, state and national level.” She recommends for other administrators to start reading other blogs to “get a feel” for what kind of information they can find: “The possibilities are limitless,” she writes. “As you get more comfortable with what’s out there, sign up for a Twitter account and follow a few educators. You’ll quickly build a network and, eventually, you’ll feel comfortable enough to post a few tweets of your own. Consider starting your own blog — how often you post is completely up to you.” Recommended posts: “Big changes coming to AP courses, tests” and “Librarians to hold workshops on web resources for research/homework.

Head of School/Headmaster

21k12_topadministratorblogs21k12: celebrating 21st century K-12 education – “Social media offers incredible opportunities to forge professional networks with other educational leaders, to develop your voice as an educational leader, and to articulate your educational vision to your own school and community and beyond,” writes Jonathan E. Martin, the head of a private-independent school in Tucson, AZ who has been blogging for 3 years.  He goes on to explain that the purpose of his blog is to “develop and share [his] thoughts and vision about educational innovation in our fast-changing era.”  Recommended post: “Jane McGonigal on TED: Gaming can Make a Better World (and a Better School?)” Aspiring Heads – Inspiring Headships – Chris Wheeler works as a headmaster at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE, and his blog is packed full of educational videos, guest posts, and book recommendations. Recommended posts: “Your Colleagues Recommend…” and “How fluent are you in the various languages spoken in your school?Holton1_Top100administratorblogs Holton Arms: Head’s Notes -  Susanna A. Jones, the headmaster at Holton-Arms School, (an independent girl’s school, in Bethesda, MD), writes about leadership issues, 21st century skills and technology, as well as upcoming activities and events at her school. Recommended posts: “Authentic Happiness and 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind” and “Head’s Message: American Women: Unhappy.” To Keep Things Whole – Mark Crotty works at St. John’s Episcopal School in Dallas, TX; (a Pre K-8th grade independent school with approximately 500 students), and has been blogging since September 2010. “As a new head of school, I wanted the blog as a way of letting many people get to know me and what I believe rather quickly,” he writes. When asked to provide any tips for administrators who are new to social media, he explains that administrators should see it as a “great opportunity to get [their] message and vision out to many people at once,” and to also “keep a little notebook in which you gather ideas.” Recommended posts: “To Screen or Not to Screen” and “Wikileaks and Education.” The Next Generation of Educational Leadership -  Blogger Nathan Barber works at the Second Baptist School in Houston, TX, and some of the many categories on his blog include “Teacher Compensation,” “Educational Leadership,” “Hiring,” and “Personnel Management.” Recommended posts: “Concussion Information All Athletic Directors Should See ” and “Tell Your Teachers to Go to the Gym.” Peak Experiences – Michael Ebeling, the head of Summit School in North Carolina, writes that his blog is intended as a “thoughtful, informed, and good-willed exchange of ideas on teaching, learning, and leading in the 21st century.” Recommended posts: “A Blurred Line between the Roles of a Parent and Child?” and “Turning Failure into a Gift: A Mindset for the Future.” PDS_Top100administratorblogs Presbyterian Day School’s Headmaster’s Blog -  Lee Burns is the headmaster at a boy’s school in Memphis, TN, and has a passion for 21st century education and technology. Recommended posts: “The Year in Tweets” and “Kindergarten Lessons for a Community of Children and Adults.”

Superintendent

A Space for Learning - “Learning connects us to the world and the world to us. We learn as individuals and with each other,” writes Pamela Moran on her blog. “This space for learning creates an opportunity to connect and construct memories together that become internal documentaries of that which we choose to explore- to rewind, play, pause, or fast forward.  We are all creators of learning moments. That’s what we do.” Recommended posts: “Seven Take Aways from PISA Research” and “11 Reasons I am Thankful for Public Education in the United States.” CultureofYes_Top100administratorblogs Culture of Yes – Chris Kennedy is a superintendent from West Vancouver, BC, Canada, and he started blogging a few years ago. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “share [his] thoughts and engage the community in ideas.” He also advises other administrators to “focus on a couple tools – e.g. Twitter and blogs.” Recommended posts: “A Student’s View” and “Truth About Leadership.” Dr. Jerome Stewart’s Blog – “The sole purpose of my blog is to provide a communication tool from the superintendent of schools,” writes Dr. Jerome Stewart, the Superintendent for Midlothian ISD in Midlothian, TX, who has been blogging for approximately 6 months. “Tips for administrators? Jump right in! One day I asked our web manager if I could start a blog. He said sure and asked when I would like to begin. I said, “Right now.” I had never blogged before but I knew that it was better to just begin.” Recommended posts: “Local Control” and “State of the State’s Finances.” Kimberly Moritz BlogPosts – This superintendent from New York discusses various topics on her blog such as the use of technology in classrooms, politics, and the importace of good teaching. Recommended posts: “Public School Bashing?” and “Possibilities for PLC.” MichaelSmith_Top100administratorblogs Michael Smith’s Principals Page -  Michael Smith has been working in education for the last 16 years, and he previously worked as a K-12 principal and assistant superintendent. His posts reflect not only his humorous side, but his passion for the future in education as well. Recommended posts: “Teachertudes” and “Twitter is Changing Education. But Not School Desks.” PCHSdirectorBLOG – Dave Meister, a high school director from Paris, IL, has been blogging for the past 4 years. “Start slow and find your comfort level,” he advises other administrators who are new to blogging. “Choose one thing to do, whether it is blogging, creating a rss reader, joining Twitter…start looking at the resources, ideas, expertise that is available via social networking.” Recommended posts: “Why Banning Social Media is not the Answer” and “How Did You Get Your Kids to do That?“The Power of Us” Brings Excellence to Austin Schools -  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen discusses many important educational topics on her blog, such as the future of education in Austin, Texas, healthy eating, intercultural learning, and much more. Recommended posts: “Lunch Line Redesign” and “A is for Apple and Awareness.” Principal Thoughts Top 100 admin blogs Principal Thoughts – Chris Lindholm works as an assistant superintendent in Burnsville, MN, (but he started his blog when he was working as a junior high principal), and he has been blogging for the past two years. “My goal is to push us outside of our comfort zone to wrestle with the realities in education that we don’t like to face,” he writes. “Fulfilling this role/purpose has changed significantly for me in the past year as I have changed jobs – but I intend to stay focused on that purpose.” His tips for administrators who are new to social media? “You have to have the guts to jump in yourself to really understand just how significant social media is,” he explains. “Jump in and begin learning about the language and how to use it as a leader working to make positive change. Also, remember that everything you write, say, post, etc… is public and is truly your online – much extended - resume.  The one page resume is now gone and you now have a “digital footprint.”  Make sure your footprint is a postive reflection of your work.” Recommended posts: “Teaching and Leading is Tough Business…” and “Ted Talks – Can children really educate themselves?” Rebel 6 Ramblings – David Britten explains that he started his blog to “create transparency” in his district by “‘leading out loud’ through blogging and real-time communications, and influence wholesale change in our K-12 institution.”  (David works as a superintendent in Grand Rapids, MI, and he has been blogging for 3 years.His advice for other administrators is to “try it out and don’t worry about whether you understand it yet, or not…Took me 6 months before I got the main idea behind Twitter. Follow 2 or 3 other administrators and perhaps your local media folks at first. Nobody cares about what you ate for breakfast. Share something from your visits to schools, classrooms, or extracurricular events If you are reading something interesting, share that. Don’t be afraid to speak out. If you’re always worried about what your board will think about what you say, you’re probably in the wrong career.” Recommended posts: “Riding into the Perfect Storm of Reform” and “Taking Action During a Storm.” Superintendent’s Blog – Some of the many educational topics discussed on this blog include web-based learning in the classroom, bullying, budgets, Facebook, and politics. Andreas Viklund also posts various resources for students, families, and staff on the blog as well, such as the Draft District Improvement Plan 2010/2011 for Burlington High Schools in Massachusetts, as well as the Systems of Tiered Instruction (RtI). Recommended posts: “Seventh Grade Student Perspective on Web-based Learning” and “Learning Walks with John Antonetti.” Superintendent’s Blog: Scot Graden – Superintendent of Saline Area Schools – Scot Graden was hired as the superintendent of Saline Area Schools, MI, in March, 2008, and previously worked as an interim athletic director, alternative high school principal, and executive director of community services. Recommended posts: “The Parent Teacher Conference” and “Use and Misuse of Electronic Communication Devices.” usd344supt – Greg Gorman works for a school district in Kansas, and uses his blog to discuss his own personal experiences and thoughts that come along with being a superintendent. Recommended posts: “My Perspective on 21st Century Learning ” and “Educational Philosophy.”

Posted on 01/16/11 | by alexis | in Resources | 16 Comments »

16 Comments on “Top 100 School Administrator Blogs”

  1. Patrick Larkin Says:

    Thanks for including me among this impressive list of administrator bloggers!

  2. Tom Says:

    I would like to add the Career School in Belfountaine Ohio called Ohio HiPoint. They run a very good collaborative blog that includes teachers, administrators and even the superintendent. http://blog.ohiohipoint.com

  3. Michael Peach Says:

    A wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing. Here are three more great blogs that could be added to a leaders RSS feed.

    Building Understanding
    http://www.dennisharter.com/blog

    The Thinking Stick
    http://www.thethinkingstick.com

    Always Learning
    http://kimcofino.com/blog

    And here’s my new blog … Better.
    http://web.me.com/michael_peach/better/Blog/Blog.html

  4. Dave Sherman Says:

    Thanks for including me in this terrific list of blogging resources. I will write a post about this blog in the next day or so.
    Dave

  5. Rhonda Durham Says:

    These resources will keep us up late reading!
    Jonathan Martin’s blog is one of the best. His writing is articulate, literary, and creative. He is smart and observant. Add to your regulars!

  6. Eric Conti Says:

    Thank you for including my blog on your list of top 100. It is an honor. Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts are a great place for students and adults to learn.

  7. Douglas W. Green, EdD Says:

    Also check out DrDougGreen.Com for book summaries and hot tweet collections for busy administrators who don’t have as much time to read as I do. I retired after 30 years as an administrator to care for my wife who had ALS. After she died I started this blog.

  8. Patent Application Says:

    Dane’s Education Blog – Dane Peters is the head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS), and has been blogging for the past 4 years. He explains that the purpose of his blog is to “provide insights on children and parenting” as well as to provide resources for educators and parents on children, teaching, and learning. Recommended posts: “Teachers Learning Together” and “More on E-book Revolution.”

  9. Amy Sandvold Says:

    Wow! I am so honored to be included with so many amazing people. Thank you!

  10. IB Schools in Mumbai Says:

    IB schools in Mumbai by focusing on holistic development of young learners, empowering them with lifelong learning skills are trying to develop a world class educational environment in India

  11. Sarah S Says:

    This is my first visit and I just wanted to stop by to say hi everyone!

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