Archive for January 1, 2014

Learn How to Be a Digital Leader

Here it is…the recorded PrincipalCast podcast #14 with Eric Sheninger!

You will also be able to download/subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or in BeyondBod on android.

Digital Leadership with Eric Sheninger

SheningerEric Sheninger is releasing a new book this month:Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. The Principalcast Podcast will be interviewing Eric on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM CST on

The reason we chose to interview Eric is because he has been the champion for the connected educator, specifically, the connected administrator. Administrators throughout the world have benefited from Eric’s tireless efforts to ensure we are prepared for the changing paradigms of education.

Our interview will focus on the practical aspects of the book, and how it can help improve students, parents, teachers and administrators. If you would like to ask questions, feel free to tweet Principalcast. We will also be giving away a signed copy of the book for one lucky listener on Sunday night.

According to Todd Whitaker, Professor of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University:

“This book is THE book on digital leadership. There is no one I can recommend more highly than the most connected educational leader today – Eric Sheninger – to help us navigate all of the changes taking place in classrooms, schools and districts. The book is perfect to help everyone initiate transformational change in a digital world. Whether you are a cutting edge techie or a nervous newbie this book is for you.”

I was lucky to read this book in draft form prior to its publication and had this to say about it:

“I loved this book! It is filled with many examples of how technology is impacting learning in classrooms across the country.  Whether you are a technology guru or learning to embrace technology, every school administrator should read this book to learn ways to prepare their students to be successful in the 21st century. Leadership 3.0 is a mindset that every school administrator needs to embrace and lead with. I am going to request that my superintendent purchase it for my fellow administrators, along with the educators on our district technology team.”

Once again, be sure to join the Principalcast crew as we spend time chatting with Eric Sheninger on Sunday, January 12, 2014 @ 9:30PM EST on

My Reading Resolutions for 2014


A new tradition for myself each New Year is to make Reading Resolutions, which I made last year in this post.  Just like any goal, I like to review my progress and make new goals.

In 2013 my reading resolutions included:

1. Use Goodreads to track my reading.  I have used it all year and love using Goodreads. I have found that I get many new book ideas added to my list, thanks to those that I follow on Goodreads that have similar book interests.

2. Have family “Read-to-Self” time with my kids. With sports schedules, I haven’t been as faithful to this as I would like. We read together everyday, but not as “read to self.” I also realize that I often don’t, because I don’t trust that my son is reading. We just had a conversation about this and just as teachers need to extend that trust to their students that they are reading, I need to do the same at home with my own child!
3. Read 1 professional book a month I wasn’t faithful to finishing one each month, but I did read 12 total this year.

4. Read 280 books. In this goal, 55 were to be for novels, professional books and kids’ chapter books.  I hit 51, which is pretty darn close and I am almost certain that number would have been much lower if I hadn’t made a goal at all (that’s why goals are good to have!).  As for the rest adding up to 280 for picture books. I don’t know. I wasn’t faithful to adding books into Goodreads, because I would often read those books to my kids at bedtime, doze off and forget to put them in. I’m not going to put pressure/guilt on myself about recording these this year.

I liked these goals last year and am going to basically stick with them again:

2014 Reading Resolutions

1. Read 55 books (not including picture books)

2. Read one professional book a month

3. Have family “Read to Self” time


2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Jessica has
read 0 books toward her goal of 55 books.


2013 in Review


The stats helper monkey prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Please note that I just transferred to this blog from my old site this past summer, so this doesn’t accurately reflect my entire year.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the full report.