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Build it and they will come!

Has anybody been around cinema long enough to remember a couple of the famous lines from Kevin Costner’s 1989 film, A Field of Dreams: “build it, and he will come” or “go the distance”? Now I have to admit, the film I automatically think of when I hear Kevin Costner’s name is “The Bodyguard.” Blame it on the soundtrack, but I digress – tee hee hee!

Kevin Costner’s character in A Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella, was practically mocked, ridiculed; and he almost went for broke for building a baseball field on land that had historically been used for farming – something predictable and something that upheld current social patterns. Perceptions, relationships and other variables were immediately strained, as Ray felt compelled to transform the land and eventually the hearts of the people in his community. Why would Ray change what on some level was working? The land was familiar, traditional and it just “fit” into the existing community, expectations and cultural patterns. Continue reading Build it and they will come!

Creating a Positive School Climate

Imagine you are a student at your school and you have a big test tomorrow. Maybe the test is the SAT or maybe just a spelling test.  The problem is that you have not studied. How would you be feeling? You might feel a little panicked, sweaty, nervous, or even nauseous. 

Having some anxiety in a stressful situation is a normal response. However, not everyone experiences this the same way. The definition of anxiety is a feeling that can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to a terrifying panic attack. The feeling can last a few moments to many years. Continue reading Creating a Positive School Climate

How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader

There are many responsibilities that the principal has throughout the year.  Principals are the instructional leader, motivator, assessment coordinator, many times counselor, behavior specialists among many other roles.

As you continue your growth this year as a principal, we want to offer you some strategies that will assist you to RAISE your leadership.  The topics we will be sharing are around Relationships, Assessments, how to Inspire, Shared Leadership, and how to Elevate.  It is essential to foster your own growth, so in turn you can support the growth of your students and staff. Continue reading How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader

Academic Success of Champions

“If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”™ – Flip Flippen

I remember over ten years ago when I first got a phone call asking about Capturing Kids’ Hearts.  I went on the internet and did some research and saw the Flippen Groups website. I thought who is this Flip Flippen guy?

Fast forward to 2016 and Steve Dieleman (Kent ISD) has been working with Kent County districts and the Flippen group for over a decade.  All of the schools in Kent ISD’s service area have been trained in Capturing Kids’ Hearts and have had success stories with the program.

Here is a video of Kentwood Public Schools Continue reading Academic Success of Champions