Leaders Are People, Not Positions

Raymond PortenBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: Everyone is a leader with or without an official title. Start to see yourself as one, and act on ideas to make it happen. Everyone has the opportunity to be a role model and the power to lead. Don’t wait. Just start and take the first step. When you look at a school, who do you look at as … Read More


Dave SchmittouBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: As a leader, it’s not always just about what you know, but it’s about who you are as a person. Leaders are models for teachers, who all are models for students. As a leader, you don’t need to know everything, but others must know you. Be more KNOWABLE than KNOWLEDGEABLE. It’s not about having THE answer; it’s about allowing … Read More

Pandemic Leadership: Leading Through the Eyes of Teachers

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better

TL:DR: Pandemic leadership is a new experience for all leaders; you likely won’t find tips in your bag of experiences. Necessary pandemic leadership qualities include supporting teachers, being transparent and open with teachers, and understanding that self-care is not a sign of weakness. In your best Sophia Petrillo imitation: “Picture it; March 2020…Everywhere… Along came COVID.” (Feel free to sing … Read More

Taking on a Leadership Mindset with Kassandra Ingalls

Brittany RinconTeacher Leader Podcast

I chat with Kassandra Ingalls who has taught as a kindergarten teacher for 3 years and is currently a K-2 team lead. She quickly pivoted into the position of a teacher leader within weeks and developed a system for a thriving team during the COVID-19 school closure. In this episode, I talk about what a teacher leader is, its challenges, and its … Read More