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The Journey from Good to Great



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Added by Bill Burkhead on April 20, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Principal Entry Plan-The First 100 Days

Why Have an Entry Plan?
I began developing Entry Plans many years ago as I applied for head football coaching positions.  I always believed the plan played an instrumental role in getting me the job, and guided me successfully through the initial challenges of the job if I was fortunate enough to land it.  An Entry Plan…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on December 27, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Flipping Lincoln



Flipping Lincoln: Watch the movie Lincoln & discuss at #edfocus on Lincoln's…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on November 12, 2012 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Building TRUST & Making a Difference

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Added by Bill Burkhead on November 5, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Leadership Lessons from Children

I have a few core educational values close to my heart.  One is to treat each child as if they were my own, and another is to teach using stories.  I'd like to combine each of these philosophies in this post to share a story on leadership lessons I learned from my own children. 



My wife and I have raised our children…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on October 8, 2012 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

My First Week as a Principal

Life as an Educator:

 
Becoming a teacher has been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old.  I have been a Youth Coach & Camp Director, Physical Education teacher, Wellness Coordinator, Adjustment Counselor, Athletic Director, Head High School Football Coach, Assistant Principal and as of four weeks ago, the Principal of Normandin Middle School in…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:33pm — No Comments

A $10 Watch on a $Million Dollar Man

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I am a big watch guy-I love watches!  Last weekend I bought a new watch that was a little bigger and shinier than I usually buy.  Let's put it this way, my kids starting calling me Flava Flav.…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Connecting with Kids

A major concern of mine moving out of the class room and into administration was the inability to positively connect with kids on a daily basis.  As a new Principal, my realization is that I now have the…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Teacher as Facilitator: A 21st Century Perspective

It all starts with a question


As an administrator, my professional development/learning goals are driven by asking - what can I do to…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on April 29, 2012 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Twitter Ethics 101

Twitter Ethics 101

"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you are saying"
Ralph Waldo Emerson…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on April 18, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Back to School: Student for a Day

“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” Ralph Waldo Emerson



Why Would an Administrator Go back to School?



Plymouth North high…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on March 4, 2012 at 8:04pm — No Comments

All Kids Can SUCCEED-BE the "1"



There has been much debate in education on who is ultimately responsible for a child's learning.  In a perfect world the parents would be the child's first teachers.  They would then work closely with…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on February 11, 2012 at 9:14pm — 3 Comments

2012 Leadership Challenge: Culture of Negativity to a Culture of Productivity

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A NEW TYPE OF NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION



This will not be your typical New Year's resolution post promising to lose 20lbs, give more to charity or adopt a pet.  Although I find resolutions fun, well-intentioned and noble, I prefer to set goals regularly and live according to my values on a daily basis.  I believe actions…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on January 1, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

What I learned from Kids Today

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as an administrator is visiting classes.  Today I was so impressed with what I saw and learned, that I wrote a note to the class.  I share that note below.





Ms. Babcock’s first period class:
I wanted to thank you all for teaching me…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on December 16, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

5 "LITTLE THINGS" THAT LEAD TO SUCCESS IN YOUTH SPORTS

Although I have over 20 years coaching experience, with stints at the college and high school levels, my first year as a youth football coach has been the most rewarding. I was able to coach my son for the first time and our team won the Super Bowl! But I would like to emphasize that WINNING IS ONLY A BYPRODUCT OF DOING ALL THE "LITTLE THINGS" WELL. It is my intent to share 5 of the "Little Things" that I believe made our year Fun & Exciting.

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Added by Bill Burkhead on November 25, 2011 at 3:34pm — No Comments

What can Academics learn from Athletics?

I have been a student, athlete, teacher, coach, athletic director, administrator and parent.  I have benefited from an excellent education with terrific teachers and have experienced the best times of my life in the athletic arena. But I am confused by how our society places higher prestige on athletics than it does on academics. Here are some examples I have experienced and some possible solutions.  Please note that some of my solutions are tongue in cheek, but hope this post will open…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on October 30, 2011 at 3:04pm — 3 Comments

Supporting New Teachers: What have you done for them lately?

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Our Profession & New Teachers: …
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Added by Bill Burkhead on October 19, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

What we LEARN that State Tests Don't Measure

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In my first two weeks of school I have witnessed things that are not assessed in state mandated tests, but are nevertheless cornerstones of a good education and strong school culture; acts of compassion, unselfishness & pride.  In a series of short stories I would like to share 3 unbelievable life lessons I've been fortunate enough to be part of in only the first 2 weeks of school.  These stories are why…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 15, 2011 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Transforming your "To Do" List into a "To LEARN" List



Transforming your "To Do" list into a "To Learn" list

"I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught"  


Quotations by Winston Churchill
Winston…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on August 9, 2011 at 5:31am — 4 Comments

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