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January 14, 2020

When I first visited Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy the week prior to the beginning of the school year, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the front office team and Assistant Principal invited me to “make myself at home”. Principal Kamilah Hampton was en ro...

December 17, 2019

I observed a bilingual classroom yesterday. The teacher was in Spanish-only mode as indicated by the green scarf she was wearing at the time . I could only understand maybe one out of every five words that she said. 

Despite the language barrier though, I understood exa...

November 20, 2019

It’s practically common knowledge by now that great leaders are open and emotionally available with their teams. Most excellent school leaders I’ve worked with have learned to skillfully and diligently admit mistakes, seek input on decisions, and go out of their way to...

November 5, 2019

It’s 9 or so weeks into the year and you’ve finally got our feet underneath you. The ship is steadying before the next wave of storms - testing, winter holidays, compliance documents. Over the first two months of the year, you’ve communicated your priorities to your te...

October 9, 2019

It’s Principal Appreciation Month and one of the most impactful ways we can support Principals is by helping them focus on the core responsibilities of their work. In the countless beginning of year meetings I’ve had as Fulcrum has launched school partnerships in the 2...

May 17, 2019

We’ve heard all of the sayings. We’ve felt the sting of their actual meaning play out in our daily work. We accept it as part and parcel of the job. Being a school leader is lonely.

In many ways, it is an inevitability. (There’s a reason why adages and quotes about the...

May 6, 2019

There are few things more helpful to a school leader than observing every single classroom (or at least many of them) in their school building in one contained period of time. Plenty of our school leaders do instructional walkthroughs like this and we often go with the...