#leadlap Archive

Our chat will focus on the idea that we can lead and make positive change from any position in our school systems. Leadership is not about a title, it is a way of thinking and acting.

Saturday February 17, 2018
10:30 AM EST

  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:30 AM EST
    Welcome to #LeadLAP with the #momsasprincipals! Time to chat about growing leaders!
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:30 AM EST
    Awwww...feeling the love.. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @tsschmidty
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Hello #LeadLAP, introduce yourself and share a favorite inspirational quote to get us started this morning. #momsasprincipals #principalsinaction #tlap
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Happy Saturday #leadlap Tracey checking in from California! I am super excited about guest moderating with my #momsasprincipals crew this AM! #SaturdayMotivation #education #leadership #betterleadersbetterschools
  • JoveStickel Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Hello all I’m Jove MS Principal I. Central MO #Leadlap
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Good Morning #LeadLAP! Kristina from Alberta Canada. AP at a Preschool - Gr 5 PYP School! @PrairieWaters
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden, @PrairieWaters
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Good morning #momsasprincipals and #leadlap!
  • TeacherMelissa Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Excited to be here with my fellow @momsasprincipal ! Melissa, elementary principal from Chicago! #LeadLAP
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 10:31 AM EST
    Happy Saturday! Lia checking in from So Cal. #leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Good morning #LeadLAP! Liz, elem principal in MA, excited to co-moderate this chat today! #momsasprincipals #AllKidsAreOurKids #kidsdeserveit #betheone
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Hey there #leadLAP! Todd, elem principal in CA... BIG fan of the #momsasprincipals
  • MrsDSherfey Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Danielle Sherfey, Cumming GA. Excited to be here!! #LeadLAP
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Jonathan form Nor Cal always pumped for this chat and especially today with the amazing #momsasprincipals #leadlap
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Good morning! Ellen here from Long Island, NY. #momsasprincipals #leadLAP
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Good Morning! Janet Avery from Idaho! #LeadLAP
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Good morning! Watching volleyball & tweeting this AM! Heidy from Illinois! #LeadLAP
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:32 AM EST
    Welcome to the #leadLAP chat! I'm Lindsy, 3-5 Principal in Illinois and #momsasprincipal
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good morning! Majalise from Oregon. #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good Morning! Claire here from Ohio. Happy to be a guest moderator with #momsasprincipals for #LeadLAP
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Hi all! Cathy Jacobs principal @MatzkeElemCFISD in Houston, TX. Love seeing my friends from #momsasprincipals this morning! #leadlap
  • yassinisara Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good Morning! Sara from WI. ESL teacher #leadlap
  • BrobergTerry Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Terry from Puyallup WA #Leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good morning #LeadLAP glad to join @momsasprincipals today on this beautiful Saturday morning - Jay from NJ checking in
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    John Wooden is always an inspiration! #LeadLAP
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Morning! Angelo from NC, staying online for a bit longer to learn from you all this morning Excited about #LeadLAP!
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    #LeadLAP Michele Hill from NJ!
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Morning! Sue from Vancouver Island Canada 🇨🇦 Elementary Principal and PIRATE groupie #LeadLAP
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good Morning Heidy! Thanks for joining is for #Leadlap
    In reply to @HeidyLaFleur
  • jenladd Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Wow lots of energy here at #LeadLAP looking forward to the conversation. Jennifer from MI.
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    THIS is one of my favorite quotes!#leadlap
  • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Hey there #LeadLAP, Steve here from Michigan!
  • StefaniePitzer Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Good morning #LeadLAP crew! I’m Stefanie, an instructional technology coach from Peoria, IL.
  • MrsBayerLSMS Feb 17 @ 10:33 AM EST
    Sarah, 6th grade ELA teacher in GA, checking in for a few minutes before taking my youngest to his swim lesson #LeadLAP
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Hello #leadlap. Joan from California, but in Snowy Montana today. My quote is Yoda’s. There is no try, there is only do.
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Forgot to add that I'm an elem princ in a K-6 building @southoldelem #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • The_Groffice Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Hey #leadlap! Melissa, elementary principal in Pensacola FL.
  • CityTeacher731 Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Good morning from PA!#LeadLAP
  • drmcclard Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Lance k-5 principal in MO. Don’t know if I have a fav quote. I do like this one. #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Good mornin Pirate Leaders! Ricardo from WA happy to be here. #LeadLAP
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Woot! Woot! I have been waiting all morning to join in...Jana, k-5 principal in St. Loius, MO #leadlap
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Excited about this morning! #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Good Morning #leadlap crew! Beth, proud #momsasprincipals and #leadlap co-author. Thanks for being here!
  • whiteeducator Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Greetings from NYC! #LeadLAP
  • GSilveira007 Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Happy Saturday! Gina from N. California #LeadLAP
  • MrKaplansKlass Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Hi all! I’m Dan, High School history teacher from NJ. I always look forward to #LeadLAP
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Thanks for joining us Cathy!! Great to see another #momsasprincipals here. #Leadlap
    In reply to @cathyjacobs5, @MatzkeElemCFISD
  • TeacherMelissa Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    After wrapping up our #RAKweek2018, this is my fav quote about spreading kindness! #LeadLAP
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Hello! Melissa from AZ here #leadlap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Good morning #leadlap crew! Kelley from KS, PreK-6th grade principal and co-moderator of today's chat! My favorite quote...
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:34 AM EST
    Good morning! Keri from MO - thought I'd crash the #leadlap for a few minutes!
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Welcome Majalise! Thanks for joining us for #momsasprincipals with #Leadlap
    In reply to @MajaliseTolan
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Hi Liz! Excited that you are hosting today! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Good morning, #Leadlap and #momsasprincipals Jordan, K-4 principal from MA here! Love these two groups!
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Craig from Bucks County Pa - Only you can determine your own level of greatness! #LeadLAP
  • ljsmith0414 Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    #LeadLAP Lisa Smith Apache Junction Arizona. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Hello all Drew Glass Assistant Principal, Wetumpka High, Alabama #LeadLAP
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Motivational quote! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    And we are a big fan of #dadsasprincipals :) #LeadLAP
    In reply to @tsschmidty
  • Miss_B_Teach Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Good Morning #LeadLAP.... I’m Ambur from Indiana... 3rd grade teacher, current Grad Student in the Educational Admin and Leadership program.
  • dcathsbrown Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Positive relationships with your students in your classroom magnify & promote so much more learning! So don’t stop trying to connect! #KidsDeserveIt #leadupchat #LeadLAP #satchat #teacherfriends #edchat #edtechchat
  • jenladd Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    I really like this one. It’s gonna find a permanent place in my classroom for sure. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TeacherMelissa
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    My favorite quote is from JK Rowling: Hard does not mean impossible. #leadlap
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Morning #LeadLAP Meredith joining from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico - ready to learn from all of you!
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 10:35 AM EST
    Good morning, #LeadLAP and #momsasprincipals Heather here from Northwest Arkansas, English 10 teacher, PLC Leader, & After-school program coordinator. “She believed she could, so she did.”
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Good morning everyone! Kristen Dolen, K-5 instructional coach in Liberal, KS #LeadLAP
  • LaPucelle32 Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Good morning! Liz from Rochester #LEADlap
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Julie, principal from the Bronx, NY! Excited to be part of my first #leadlap. Thanks #momsasprincipals Fave quote from MLK: Life' most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Early here on the west coast...just getting my #momsasprincipals shirt on...#LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Yes!!! This is how I feel every day! #momsasprincipals #leadlap
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Jennifer Keltner, Assistant Principal in Mesquite ISD in Texas. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Belinda, Asst. Principal in Utah: Ready to Learn and grow with #momsasprincipals and #LeadLAP https://t.co/8KRZtS9GdI
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    I was thinking about you today as I started writing my new blog post! How's your's coming? #accountabilitypartner #LeadLAP
    In reply to @LiaGyore
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Hello #leadlap I’m Emily - K5 ESL teacher in @CabCoSchools Happy to join in this fabulous leadership chat!!!
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Good Morning, Linda Edwards Toronto 🇨🇦 #LeadLAP
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
    Good morning, Geraldine- Principal is BC Canada joining in #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 10:36 AM EST
  • Dale_Chu Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    HAPPENING NOW: @momsasprincipal moderating a chat about growing leaders. Follow along at #LeadLAP!
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Question 1 coming up in one minute! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals #allkidsareourkids
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Hi Lynn! Rainy morning on the West Coast! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @TheColon_s
  • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Jennifer, AP from Frisco, TX! Enjoying listening to the rain and not going to the soccer fields today! #leadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Hey girl!!! Excited you could join us today! #leadlap
    In reply to @JanaCParker
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Quotes? Oh my ... there are hundreds of them I like. #LeadLAP
  • SteveGasca Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Good morning from California!#leadlap
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Good morning! Nick, school counselor from KS! These chats always motivate me! Here's my favorite quote. #LeadLAP
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Forgot my quote “to the world you are one person, but to one person you may be the world” #leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    #LeadLAP favorite quote which I've shared many times before - It hits what I'm about
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    One of my quotes #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    So blessed to have the #momsasprincipals crew leading us today! Welcome everyone! #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Happy Sunny Saturday! Stacey, pk-8 lead learner, from KS. I don't typically chat back to back, but today it is worth my Saturday morning! Thanks, @mccall_kelley #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    A resonating quote for this week. #leadlap
  • PascaleLMichaud Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Good morning, #LeadLAP chat! Happy to join you this morning. Taking a break from correcting report cards. :)
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Good morning #leadlap! Latoua, from South Carolina! Happy to be here and excited that my new book is available today! Burned Out, Beaten Up, & Fighting Back: A Call to Action for America's Public Educatorshttps://www.amazon.com/dp/197690000X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_H3dIAbP00N6DG
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:37 AM EST
    Jeff in DFW TX. Favorite quote = "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Good morning! Jon Social Studies teacher from Irvine California. #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Love this! #leadlap
    In reply to @StefaniePitzer
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Jumping in a tad late! Mena, Instructional Learning Coach in KS #LeadLAP
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Hey stranger. Good to see you here. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @jands1118
  • MrKochAP Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Andre Koch AP at a K8 STEAM PBL school near Seattle. Lately the quote that resonates with me is "kindness matters", maybe more of a mantra. #LeadLAP
  • MrsBayerLSMS Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Love this quote! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mrbrummet379
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Currently one of my favorite quotes from @casas_jimmy #Culturize #leadlap
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    Lynn Colon, Principal of one of the most magical schools in VA #leadlap
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:38 AM EST
    LOVE! #leadlap
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    A1. REALLY!??!?! Oh my!! I adore this first question... no one has ever asked me this question before. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    A1:I was an Elementary School Teacher & instructional coach prior to administration. I chose the leadership route because I wanted to impact the lives of more Ss than the 30 I'm my classroom. I wanted to be a champion for ALL Ss! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Belinda, Asst. Principal in Utah: Ready to Learn and grow with #momsasprincipals and #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Good morning! Excited to share my new book Burned Out, Beaten Up, Fighting Back: A Call To Action For America’s Public Educators is available in paperback on Amazon today Saturday, February 17: https://t.co/BodQc4FTqt… and on Kindle Monday February 19. #call2action4ed #LeadLAP
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Here is another I use all the time. Everyday is a chance for a teacher to make a student’s day better! #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Happy Sunny Saturday! Stacey, pk-8 lead learner, from KS. I don't typically chat back to back, but today it is worth my Saturday morning! Thanks, @mccall_kelley #momsasprincipals #leadlap #leadlap
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Hi! Misty here...From Texas, Owner of Genius Power Productions on student development #LeadLAP @momsasprincipal
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    Hey wonderful people! Im Jen, a 6th grade English Teacher from IN! #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    A1: I had an AP see something in my leadership abilities I didn't see in myself. She had faith in me and pushed me to become the leader I am today. Lots of help along the way too! @Principal68 @taekwondenny @ryanssiemens @brent_legault75 #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    A1: I've always learned along the way and thought I could do it better for those that needed me, they let me lead so I did! #LeadLAP
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:39 AM EST
    This morning was a must! Not missing the #momsasprincipals crew combined with #leadlap
    In reply to @mccall_kelley
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    Q1 has arrived!! #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    So glad you could make it!!! #leadlap
    In reply to @usd271sgs
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1: My mom and dad planted my leadership seed early. We were quite poor, but I never knew that until I was in my teens. My dream was to be the first to graduate college in my fam, & our circumstances didn't stop that. So thankful for the work ethic they instilled in me. #leadlap
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    Do you have a topic? Do you need a brainstorm session? #wearestrongertogether #LeadLAP
    In reply to @LiaGyore
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1: It's kind of weird, but leadership sort of chose me - not the other way around. I was encouraged to move into a curriculum coordinator role and I've continued to grow as a leader from there. It wasn't an original goal of mine - sort of organic. #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1: I decided five years ago that insularity inhibits growth. So I decided to lead to learn and to lead to serve. Kids, colleagues, communities, country. #leadlap
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    Thank you to @tsschmidty for a great #LeadUpChat this morning! Now to #LeadLAP - it’s a great morning with the PLN!
  • AnBoe65 Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    Anja from Germany ... ready to learn #LeadLAP
  • JoveStickel Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1 I had a great mentor in @gary_wheeler1 that convinced me I had the skills and ability needed when he retired to take on the position as building principal #LeadLAP
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1: I wanted to make a greater impact of students and impact for an entire school and community. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1 It's far from a Cinderella story. I experienced someone treat students and teachers in a way I didn't support, and knew I had to step up..because like @awelcome and @TechNinjaTodd say - #kidsdeserveit #leadlap
  • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    Oops, didn't read the directions! My favorite quote these days is as follows: #LeadLAP
  • huels_ryan Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1 I jumped to the “dark side” out of a frustration with the status quo. We can do better for kids and I want to lead that charge #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    When you enter the school or class, take just a second to smile, high five, shake hands or inspire somebody with your words/actions. #LeadLAP
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:40 AM EST
    A1: I had leaders who saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. Those people gave me opportunities to lead. #LeadLAP
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: I saw so many Ss marginalized and a lack of equitable opportunities for Ss and wanted to have a bigger impact on a whole school rather than just my classroom #leadlap
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Good morning! Melissa here. AP from MO: our weather has been so up and down! #LeadLAP
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Good morning #LeadLAP friends. Sorry to be a few minutes late. So excited to have the @PrincipalGarden and the #momsasprincipals crew hosting today.
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: I am in the application process for grad school now. Education Admin. Honestly though, I think leadership stems from a personality type. Previous leadership roles were thrust upon me, not sought. #leadlap
  • MrKochAP Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: As a student in high school I had a mentor relationship w/ my principal we spent a lot of hours talking about school, life and the politics of schools. I had a passion for history it switched to special education where I found the desire to advocate for all kids. #leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: I started my educational path as a teaching assistant and kept being an advocate for Ss and Ts...eventually found myself in a leadership role! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: Great first Q, this is the stuff that blogs grow from !#LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • BrobergTerry Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A#1. I’m thankful for the adults in my young life who said why don’t you lead this. I learned to be a servant leader while in junior high school. They students can lead if we let them. #leadlap
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1 Had a principal see the leadership w purpose within me for doing what is needed for our kids as a change agent. She encouraged me all along the way #leadlap
  • LaPucelle32 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: honestly, being a teacher leader just kinda happened. Then one day I was reading #LEADlap and just had a moment of “I need to do this”. I want to be able to make significant positive change for Ts, Ss, Ps, and my district as a whole
  • whiteeducator Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Same here! So important to remember this story, because we need to be sure to do this for others! #Leadlap
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: I became a principal in Lincoln County after going to a presentation about Taft 7-12 11yrs ago and hearing about its struggles and loving community. I knew I wanted to work there to make a difference. I had to learn a lot quickly! #momsasprincipals #leadlap
  • VeliaViola1 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Yes we do! When we empower others to do the same. #momsasprincipals #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Joining in from basketball so may be a little spotty. Yes, my boy with his shorts on backwards. Why fit in?? #daretobedifferent Wonder where he gets that from?!? #LeadLAP
  • Isham_Literacy Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Lurking in #LeadLAP as I work on breakfast!
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    Andrew Hodges, principal of Bromwell elementary in Denver, CO — ready for some #LeadLap this morning and learning with @momsasprincipal crew!
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: My Dad was one of the biggest seed planters - he believed that I could...it wasn’t until I saw the impact of bad leadership on a school site that I believed I could make a change... #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    We learn from the good and, unfortunately, the bad. Then we have to make it better #LeadLAP
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: My story is all about letting the process be. Being a vulnerable leaders is key and finding those whose strengths are my weaknesses. It's the only way to get better. That's why I love #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
    A1: Honestly, I became an educator because of what school wasn't when I was a kid. The same is true for my admin journey. Principals don't have to be the bad guy. #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: My mentors were all directors or principals. My "one caring adult" was my HS principal and he shaped my love for pushing boundaries. I wanted to be him. I wanted to give kids opportunities that were outside the box. #LeadLAP
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1. I was a SpEd teacher working for a principal who was 76 yrs old who believed all SpEd students should never leave my side all day (1979) - became an administrator to change special education. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    Similar to me as well....now I try to look for those people in my building! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @averyteach
  • The_Groffice Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: I spoke the words “I’ll never be an administrator.” But in a small school with one teacher at each grade level, we al had to wear multiple hats often. I found that I enjoyed the impact I could have in and outside of the classroom. #leadlap
  • JoveStickel Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1b I was an educator and a coach and I loved building programs and working with people to produce something special #LeadLAP
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1. I saw one didn’t need the title to get people excited to learn. You just needed to take a chance and maybe a soapbox 😀 #leadlap
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    Neither did I #LeadLAP
    In reply to @schisik
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1 early in my teaching I had a principal push me to attend an Aspiring Principal workshop , always knew I had a desire to lead #LeadLAP
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    Michelle Barsh, principal in Michigan. Listening and learning in this morning! #LeadLAP
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: I had an AP that pushed me to be more than I thought I could in my very first year teaching. I grew under her so much! #LEADLAP
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    That’s when you know it’s just part of who you are! Own it! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    You are so right! Thanks for saying that - I want to be blogging but I struggle so much to do that! This is a great "sentence starter" for me! Thanks! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @glawlor130
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1. My principal came to me and suggested that I pursue a graduate degree in administration. My path to leadership was a push from people who saw something in me before I ever saw it in myself. Potential matters. #LeadLAP
  • GSilveira007 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: I was "tapped on the shoulder" by two leaders I admire and by the example of my mother. 😀 #LeadLAP
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    #LeadLAP
    • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 10:41 AM EST
      Good morning! I'm Kris and I teach PreK in KS @mccall_kelley is my principal!
      In reply to @PrincipalGarden, @mccall_kelley
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1-A principal and a counselor have a lot in common. We lead by first helping our students and staff. I began as a fourth-grade teacher, came across counseling, and the rest was history! I aspire to be a principal one day! #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    Q1 again #LeadLAP
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: 20+ years in education, always saw admin as the 'dark side'. Then realized awesome change that a positive leader can help provide for Ss and Ts. Will finish Admin degree next summer. #LeadLap
  • ljsmith0414 Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    #LeadLAP A1. My husband definitely had the most support, advice, and patience as I grew into leadership.
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: When I was a relatively new teacher, my assistant principal left. Others asked me to step up and help lead my department. My colleagues saw leadership in me that I didn't yet see. #leadlap
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 10:42 AM EST
    A1: My seed story is one encouraged by great APs who saw potential in me. The other half of that story is that I see areas of improvement and want to help lead the changes. #LeadLAP
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: my undergrad is in counseling plus my experience in the classroom helped prepare me for MOST things! Plus Hard work + humble tude + learners 💛 #LeadLAP
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: My Twitter PLN planted my leadership seed! Seeing the fantastic principals and leaders! I will be starting my journey into leadership on June 2nd! #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    I love that..the dark side. It's crazy enlightening it can be on the dark side, though, huh? #leadlap
    In reply to @huels_ryan
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: Leadership was planted in me as an 8th graders in @BuildersClub Our teacher appointed me the VP and that gave me confidence and opportunities! #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1 I want to reach more students, as a teacher I can only impact the ones in front of me, as an admin I can impact the school. #LeadLAP
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    #LeadLAP There are natural born leaders who rise up in every role. It’s their actions that make them, rise up as a leader!
  • burgessdave Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Hop into #LeadLAP right now with @momsasprincipal hosting!! Question 1 just came from @PrincipalGarden #tlap #leadupchat #EduGladiators
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1- My first Principal told me that she saw excellent leadership abilities in me and thought that I should step into administration. I then took the time to get the degree and pushed forward to be where I am now with lots of ups and downs, but still pushing forward! #LeadLAP
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Exactly! #Leadlap
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • drmcclard Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1 my seed story started in a team of 8 Ts collaborating. I used my voice to work w a team to build standards based report cards. #LeadLAP
  • VeliaViola1 Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Velia elementary school principal joining in ! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    My story is similar, Keri. My principal saw leadership potential in me before I did. She encouraged me to take the first step in my leadership journey. I never looked back. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Carla from California. Jumping in late. Happy to be here this morning! #LeadLAP
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: Didn't know if I wanted to be a principal until I started my internship. I felt so energized by the first event I organized and wanted more. Lucky to have worked for three principals who all pushed me into leadership in different ways. #Leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Good morning #leadlap from Barbara, school counselor and author of What's Under Your Cape? THIS is one of the reasons I do what I do, equip and empower, not only academic skills, but a servant heart, empathy, compassion & kindness, the WHOLE child.
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1 I'm not in a leadership role other than in my classroom 😀 Try to encourage S's to take risks and try new things 😀 #LeadLAP
  • StefaniePitzer Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: My best friend applied for admin cohort & convinced me to apply too. I was convinced I never wanted to leave the classroom but I learned & discovered so much! Then mentoring a student teacher & having @mandyeellis as my principal encouraged me to make the leap #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Welcome, Michelle! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MichelleBarsh
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    Jumping in late from East Tennessee! I'm an instructional coach/5th-8th ELA focus teacher. #leadlap
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:43 AM EST
    A1: my leadership role right now is to inspire my ELs The seed to this leadership started with my own struggles and huddles as an English learner myself 💕✨🌟 #leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    Q2 coming up in 1 minute! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1 As a child, your first leaders are the ones that instill a love for learning, you see their drive and passion and it motivates you...for me, growing up in the Caribbean, that was my grandmother...now I strive to #BetheModel for Ss at my campus... #LEADLap
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    I was called into the principals office and thought I was in trouble — instead offered the Dean of Curriculum role! Ever since I got the leadership bug I’ve been hooked! #LeadLAP
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1) I had a great principal when I was a HS student. My first principal as a teacher relentlessly believed in me. My first principal as an AP taught me about intentionality and passion. (@carrietulbert ) My first sup. as a principal took a chance on me. (@lynn_moody) #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    Good morning, Melissa! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @3littlebirds2
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1: Wanted to be part of the change. School could/ should be so much more than what I experienced. I NEVER did like the box #leadlap
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    I was coaching with a great friend and leader. He inspired me to be a better teacher/leader/person!#LeadLAP
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    Awesome when others see that in you before we even know it's there. Sometimes we're not just there ourselves yet. I was told for years I should be an admin. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    It is such an amazing thing when a little push leads to so much more! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @latoyadixon5
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    I also said, "I'll never be an administrator!" Yet I had so many great experiences supporting adults that I could no longer ignore the pull of leadership. #leadlap
    In reply to @The_Groffice
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1: My AP asked me about it randomly one time. Then my P would encourage me EVERY year. Some of my close friends who I look to spiritually would also talk to me about it. I finally decided it was the right step and I'll be done with my admin degree this summer! #LeadLAP
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1b: I was a high school coach for 10 years—Admin is much like coaching and I had a mentor push me who saw something in my coaching that could impact off the court too #leadlap
  • missydhill Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    Q1: Good morning! High school administrator in Midlothian, VA here. I first stepped into leadership as a PD committee chair & found passion for supporting instruction w/ new teachers and mentors. #LeadLAP
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1 I wanted to make a larger difference. I wanted Ss and Ts to feel empowered and supported. And I knew I could bring joy into it. #leadlap
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1: I was an elem teacher and was approached by an admin who encouraged me to pursue my admin degree. Then another mentored me and once I started my internship I was hooked. Love my job! #momsasprincipals #leadlap #allkidsareourkids #principalsinaction
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
    A1: Mine began with experiencing the lack of authentic teacher support. It grew into a desire to advocate as much for teachers as students! #LeadLAP
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: Had been teaching and loving it for 22years, always had toyed with the idea but loved the classroom so was torn, health scare left me thinking that you can’t put things off, jump in and take the risk! So here I am 😀 #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • Isham_Literacy Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    Love all these stories about how Ts wanted to affect change! #LeadLAP
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: While I'm not a principal, I am a leader in my classroom! I am teaching my students mindfulness, kindness, and peaceful conflict resolution. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1. I have been in admin 3x as long as I taught. I guess I just wanted to see, do, and impact more. I love this vantage point. I think some of us are career administrators. I'm better in admin than teaching, and I was a pretty good T. :) #leadlap
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: Seed was planted by my principal in my 3rd year of teaching. She happened to be my principal from when I was in elementary school and hired me as a baby teacher! #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    Time for Q2! #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    Yep! 19 years later and I’ve exceeded my dreams I had as a 22 year old! #leadlap
    In reply to @KeltnerJen
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    I am loving these leadership stories. Wow! #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: I always said, "I can lead in the classroom so there is no reason for me to be an administrator." HA! Our paths change sometimes. :) #leadlap
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: my grandpa inspired me to lead as a young girl. He was born in 1904 and passed when I was 21. He had the quit school when he was in the 4th grade to help his family (13 children). He had wisdom and a kind way about him. I wish to inspire others to lead #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    Yes! This!!! #momsasprincipals #principalsinaction #LeadLAP
    • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:44 AM EST
      A1: Wanted to be part of the change. School could/ should be so much more than what I experienced. I NEVER did like the box #leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: I always just lead by example. People came to me and asked me to lead. Whether it was in school or when I started teaching. I'm never quiet about the way I feel #LeadLAp
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    As a student I struggled with behavior and wasn’t too engaged — but I had great teachers and great principals push me at Indian Hills in Topeka, KS! Mr. Dyke was an inspiration in building relationships with kids — and a HS teacher Mr. Goering never gave up on me! #LeadLAP
  • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: I am fairly well read, a loud and enthusiastic person, find humor, am passionate about kids, I actually thrive on change and believe you must have a seat at the table in order to make change. Somehow, some great people saw those things as the things of a leader!! #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
    A1: I was born a leader, but I kept it quiet and led by example. It wasn't until I had a strong admin leave our school and we slipped when we were without leadership that I stepped out and pursued more for us. #leadlap
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A2: I am not even sure where to begin with this question because being a connected #educator has been a game changer for me! I have instantaneous PD at my fingertips 24 hours/day! Thank you @awelcome for getting me off my island! #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A2: It has given me the strength to push forward, think outside the box, bounce ideas of others, and get different perspectives. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A2: Made me think outside the box. Bring new ideas to my P, Staff & Students. When you know better, you do better! #LeadLAP
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    Leadership was planted within me at University last year. I got an opportunity to lead a group of volunteers into a local Indigenous High school to help the Ss with their Literacy and Numeracy. I saw growth in both Ss and my team. #LeadLAP
  • LeeAraoz Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    I feel exactly the same way, Sean. It only took me about 25 years to realize that we can create real and lasting change as educational leaders. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @polonerd
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1: My leadership journey is filled with examples of someone else seeing my potential, pointing it out and investing in me. I am so grateful for the seeds that others planted that have helped me grow into who I am today! #LeadLAP
  • VeliaViola1 Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1. The one position you can make change and share a vision. #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1 My elementary supervisor started me early in my teaching career by offering me an opportunity to serve on the curriculum mapping committee. I caught the teacher leader bug, and the rest is history! #leadlap
  • lramsbot Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    Good morning from Surrey, BC. I teach Grade 7 Late French Immersion and am a leader in my school and district. Soooo happy to be joining this group again after a long break...I set my alarm so I wouldn't forget! #leadlap
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1: my desire to serve others and to make a greater positive impact on more students was the attraction for me and to spread enthusiasm creativity and action into what we do as educators #leadlap
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A2: being connected has helped me grow exponentially and I learn daily via connections outside my world I work in #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    Q 2 is here!! #LeadLAP
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    ME TOO! They are marvelous!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @burgess_shelley
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1: As a teacher my assistant principal encouraged me and gave me opportunities to learn and grow! Fast forward 6 years- he was the principal & I was his newly appointed assistant! Great to work with people who believe in you enough to build your capacity as they grow! #LeadLAP
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A2 Being a connected educator is awesome, learn new things and exposed to opportunities I never dreamed of through my PLN, ❤️ it 😀 #LeadLAP
  • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1 I always wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps, but my reason became clear when I had a few negative role models as principals and knew teachers and kids deserved better. I’m 7 months in and loving it @HospElementary with “the Amazing @PrincipalElse#LeadLAP
  • jodiepierpoint Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    A1. I’m still an #AspiringLeader, but I am inspired by the many mentors who have planted the seed @WilsonHillElem @Jennifer_Hogan @1AVA3 @Vroom6 @Tim_McDermott1 #LeadLAP
  • MrKochAP Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
    This was really thoughtful. I can't disagree... all great leaders have great peop me who invest in them. I really attribute my growth to Paul Reid and Stacy Lucas. They won't read this but I have grown a lot because of their investment in me. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrDelliSanti, @carrietulbert, @lynn_moody
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    As an addition. Leadership at any level is truly about making the lives of those who surround you better and more meaningful. #LeadLAP
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2 Knowing there is a shared experience and we are not doing this alone, even if we feel isolated. #leadlap
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    a1 I'm not a huge leader of ppl, rather I put out ideas & leave it to others to move the better ones forward. #leadlap
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A1 the principals and admin around are always encouraging me to step up and lead. It’s hard to take that leap. I consider myself a teacher leader who is deciphering if I want to take the leap into admin. #LeadLAP
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    Yes!!! #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • huels_ryan Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2 Being connected to others serves as a beacon of hope. It reminds me that things some may deem impossible, are in fact possible as I see others innovate around the world #LeadLAP
  • LaPucelle32 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2: resilience- when I have those days or weeks that make sad or frustrated I recharge and get reinspired online #LEADlap
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2 Lead Like a Pirate changed everything for me. @BethHouf and @burgess_shelley book introduced m to twitter and the power of a pln and thus gave me control over my own pd. #LeadLAP
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A1a I also had amazing mentors who believed in me and helped grow me as a leader @julessonders @ShelleyVelasco1 #leadlap
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    Questions aren’t loading in this huge gym. From what I see in answers, here’s my A1: It all started helping my mom survive & try to be happy with my alcoholic father. I knew then I wanted to help make things better for all people. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2: I didn't know I could be as brave and take risks! Support from @burgess_shelley & @BethHouf and the rest of #LeadLAP has made me try a lot of new things!
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2: I’m never just dependent on my brain alone! I have a wonderful network of folks to ask when I need different perspectives! #Leadlap
  • walkchrysj Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2 Being connected cultivates a space for reciprocal idea sharing. Engaging with leaders who are passionate about supporting Ts and Ss has strengthened my reflective practice. #leadlap
  • jenladd Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    Yes they do - sometimes in the most beautifully unexpected ways. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    There are not enough characters to express this! I would not be as strong and rooted in my core beliefs without daily interactions from my PLN. I cannot do without those connections. #leadlap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    My papa insprired me too....said I could do ANYTHING! He wanted me to go into politics. I think I have in a round about way! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @3littlebirds2
  • principledlady Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    Leila jumping in late #leadlap
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2: I do not know how I'd survive as an educator or leader if I wasn't connected. My PLN helps stretch my thinking, supports me when I struggle, and remain positive when I'm feeling alone or frustrated. I don't know how folks are NOT connected! #LeadLAP
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    Love the fact that you used the phrase "supporting adults". Need more admin that see this as the core of what they are there to do. Not be a fearful figure behind a desk. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman, @The_Groffice
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2: Being connected has opened doors to learning from #eduheros across the country. I can't begin to explain how much it has helped me learn and grow. Thx to #momsasprincipals #principalsinaction #leadlap
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
    A2 Being connected keeps me craving more, never getting complacent, and provides me with a support that isn't geographically near #leadlap
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A1) My Twitter PLN has fostered leadership even from outside a traditional education role. #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: I am so much stronger with my connections through Twitter, Voxer, etc. In rural Kansas I don't get the time with other elem building-level leaders so this is my opportunity to grow and see the bigger picture, be assured, and pushed to grow. #leadlap
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: It's the power of knowing that we're all in this together. We may not have the same students but we're after the same goal. We stumble, fall and triumph but we do it all together. #LeadLAP #pln365
  • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    And I'm the opposite, after teaching for 23 years I left the classroom for leadership and lasted 4 years. I'm back in the classroom where I am still a district leader. I need to be with my classroom kiddos everyday to help other teachers and lead #leadlap
    • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
      A1. I have been in admin 3x as long as I taught. I guess I just wanted to see, do, and impact more. I love this vantage point. I think some of us are career administrators. I'm better in admin than teaching, and I was a pretty good T. :) #leadlap
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected educator provides countless new ideas and strategies and supplies all the support and encouragement to go out an implement those ideas and strategies. #LeadLAP
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: I get to see and hear about others' ideas and let's face it, none of us know it all. And when we start to think we do... yikes! It's nice looking at my PLN and connecting with others because there's always something that challenges me or encourages me. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    a2 Twitter helps me understand perspectives. I intentionally follow those I don't agree with. #LeadLAP
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2 Being a connected educator has made me stronger by keeping me from isolating myself. I am stronger because I have some many remarkable educators to learn from and pick their brains! #leadlap
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    Being connected has led me to amazing colleagues who have become more than friends...they are my family! #principalsinaction #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals #dadsasprincipals
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2 We spend too much time trying to reinvent the wheel....being connected with #momsasprincipals #principalsinaction @cathyjacobs5 @PrincipalDalton and other @CFISDprin revolutionized my leadership...being connected = #BetterTogether #EachOneTeachOne #LeadLap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    Wow! Thank you so much!!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz, @burgess_shelley
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: I learning something new everyday from my PLN and it continues to give me support and strength when times get tough. More minds at the table #LeadLAP
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: The impact that my PLN has had on my leadership is incredible. I am a better leader, mom, and person! Being connected and staying connected inspires me to bring my best every day! #leadlap
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2 Being connected allows me to be a trusted team member who can problem solve, help, and support in all areas #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    Holy smokes! Thank you! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @rokstar19, @burgess_shelley
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: That’s an easy one! It’s daily inspiration! It’s proof your not alone in the Good Fight! It’s empowerment to make change! #LeadLAP
  • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: Connected has opened my mind from one school, one district to limitless possibility. Without YOU GUYS, my kids wouldn't be where they are. The power of synergy in education is multiplied with Twitter. #leadlap
  • BrobergTerry Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2. I find that it is easy to bury my head in teh life of my school. Therefore it is vital that I have cruitial conversations, read great books and be in this tweet crew. #leadlap
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: Being connected had allowed me to not be jaded or cynical. Twitter chats like this are like being with only the most motivated, positive people at my district meetings times 100. #leadlap
  • hawkinscentral Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A1-I want my ss to have a love for learning. A desire to do and be their best. What if ss never had doubts, knew that there was someone rooting them on and only accepting their best. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @katiemartinedu
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: Being connected has been amazing for collaboration, idea sharing, growing my #PLN, innovating for our school and developing exist initiatives and programs...And not feeling so alone! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2-Being connected with those whom have more experience has laid the foundation for where I am. It started with the crew I student taught with. They saw my potential and abilities and that led me to see the importance of mentorship! #leadlap
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    As a Pre-service teacher, Twitter has connected me to amazing PLN and Its these connections that help me grow in my profession. #LeadLAP
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected educator helps when things around get crazy stressful. You have others to learn from and lean on, and tools that help you get through. It isn't possible to do this job alone. #LEADLAP #momsasprincipals
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    #LeadLAP Being connected helps to keep positivity front and center! My PLN continues to push me and inspire me to be the best I can be. Being connected is like having a free membership to every worthwhile organization!!
  • jodiepierpoint Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
    A2. AMAZING opportunities from being connected. The friendships are what I value the most though. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Absolutely, Chrys! I couldn't agree more! #leadlap
    In reply to @walkchrysj
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2) Connected educators understand the "synergy" principle taught by Covey. When we're connected with others, we operate at higher levels of performance. #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Wow. Thank you so much. We love being connected with you!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @rokstar19, @BethHouf
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: Being connected and following my #PLN made me realize the beauty in my profession! I am BETTER because of my connections! My gift is developing every day 👩🏽‍🏫 #leadlap
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    That's a really interesting perspective. Can you say more? #leadlap
    In reply to @Shapiro_WTHS
  • Isham_Literacy Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2 It has widened my PLN unbelievably and connected me with #edcamps and tons of books that are on my #TBRlist ! #LeadLAP
  • MrKochAP Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: I am much more aware of others. I no longer just think for myself. I have to protect 550 kids, encourage 50+ staff members and built trust with just as many parents. Life is tough, school should be fun #kidsdeserveit #LeadLAP
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: Being connected has changed everything. I see a much bigger picture. Also, I see how much learning I have ahead of me - forever! Tools, support, ideas! I am fueled by you all. #leadlap
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A1: I realized that all kids deserve the best we have to offer. I noticed veteran teachers who had “lost their way” and felt compelled to help them. I didn’t want to kick them off the bus, just remind them of the joy, purpose and importance of our destination. #LeadLAP
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Ditto! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @HillMrispo
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    I am loving all of the responses that are being shared during #LeadLAP this morning. Amazing stories!
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected ed has allowed me to learn and try new ideas quickly. During a tough time at our school, 3 members of my PLN reached out to offer support and motivation. That meant the world. #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP @casehighprinc @HowManyWins @icanhelp
  • burgessdave Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: Find your crew. People who will uplift, inspire, and challenge you to reach your full potential. We are #BetterTogether #LeadLAP #tlap
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Love the idea of not being complacent and craving more! Sooo true!! #leadlap
    In reply to @lmstump
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2 the wide range of ideas and also knowing what we are working on or struggling with is universal helps me dig in to make more of a difference in education. I also find that I get inspired and rejuvenated from my PLN #leadlap
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: OMG! Couldn't imagine doing this work if I wasn't connected. Being surrounded by positive educators sharing ideas makes me better and energizes me every day. #Leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: #LeadLAP was grown through my Twitter connection to @burgessdave and @burgess_shelley Never underestimate the power and projection of a Tweet! #leadlap
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Agree, finding like-minded educators is crucial! We need a support system so we can support or students! #LeadLap
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • drmcclard Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2 I’ve found people to bounce insane ideas off of. Edus to push my thinking and my practice. #LeadLAP
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 10:49 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected educator has shown me that I am not alone in my ideas... far from it actually! Twitter has rescued me from my isolation island! #LeadLAP
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: being a connected leader has made me a better leader...school is no longer just your building...the world of education is now at our fingertips with awesome connections that support motivate and engage us daily! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    #Amen to this. #LeadLap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: I'm not alone in the world when I'm connected with like minded educators. I've always been a little "weird" when it comes to my thinking. They make me feel normal. They help me move forward with my vision. I heart my #momsasprincipals and #principalsinaction PLN #leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: Many of our strongest projects, like Pinwheels for Peace!, have been the result of my #PLN connections and collaborations. Together we're better; I've grown my leaps and bound these last five years after going from me to WE. #leadlap
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2 There are so many experiences, perspectives and different ways to do things that I wouldn’t know about if I wasnt connected. It helps drive me forward, try new things and stay positive and passionate about the work with I have my PLN behind me! #leadlap
  • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    How awesome is it that there's a place for each of us to use our genius to impact kids best? I love it! #leadlap
    • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
      And I'm the opposite, after teaching for 23 years I left the classroom for leadership and lasted 4 years. I'm back in the classroom where I am still a district leader. I need to be with my classroom kiddos everyday to help other teachers and lead #leadlap
      • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
        A1. I have been in admin 3x as long as I taught. I guess I just wanted to see, do, and impact more. I love this vantage point. I think some of us are career administrators. I'm better in admin than teaching, and I was a pretty good T. :) #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    So awesome, Kristina!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz, @BethHouf
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2. Connection is like cracking electricity to me. All my ideas come from my connections. #leadlap
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: great question! Connecting with others helps to share our collective passion and hearts. It helps me think in other views and also find so much valuable courage from others! #LeadLAP
  • allthisscience Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    What does being a connected educator mean? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @heatherT_hooks
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: I find great wisdom in the blogs that I read (that I have discovered through connections on Twitter). I can take that wisdom..ideas and share with teachers and leaders in our district! #Leadlap
  • StefaniePitzer Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: Now that I’m in more than one building, being connected has allowed me to still have a tribe. It has challeneged me and encouraged me to be better! #LeadLAP
  • TeacherMelissa Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: being connected has pushed my thinking, and provided me with support and ideas! I’m better because of my PLN #LeadLAP
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    Just keep inviting them to the party. #LeadLap Show them you're still that supportive person. Don't have to be the 'dark side' unless there is a problem.
    In reply to @glawlor130
  • loliveira55 Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2 Provides me with the ability to hear different viewpoints, given me access to endless resources, and connected me globally. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    I hear this a lot from my principal friends — I can’t believe how lucky I got with teachers and school leaders growing up — seems it wasn’t the norm but with great leaders like you @mrjefflahey it will be! #leadlap
    In reply to @mrjefflahey, @mrjefflahey
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: Thanks to connecting with others I am a better leader and no longer feel alone...love all my @voxer and twitter peeps! #momsasprincipals #dadsasprincipals #leadlap #principalsinaction
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A1: My leadership journey comes from many years as a teacher and teacher leader wanting awesome things for staffs and students. It's pretty simple! Not elaborate or glamorous, a desire to serve and a committment to our profession. #Leadlap
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    Absolutely! That sense of community we can build can push and challenge us. #LeadLAP #TLAP
    In reply to @burgessdave
  • principledlady Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: I gain courage, wisdom and hope to serve, lead and love in this complex landscape called public education #leadlap
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    So empowering and so inspirational #leadlap
    In reply to @mjjohnson1216
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    Yes! It is all about the impact for me. I am a baby administrator (3 years), but I feel this way, too! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @erikabow
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    Yes! I find it amazing that someone who has a completely different population in a different state has the same triumphs and struggles as me in my newcomer ELL Bronx high school. #leadlap
    In reply to @mrjefflahey
  • tishrich Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
    A2: My PLN is an amazing support and source of strength to me. They challenge, encourage, and inspire on a daily basis. I am a far better educator and leader today because of those that I connect with on Twitter and Voxer. #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Agreed, Meredith!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mjjohnson1216
  • KarmenLogan Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected leader has inspired me to go outside the box and see what can be! #LeadLAP
  • MrKochAP Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    This was really thoughtful. I can't disagree... all great leaders have great people who invest in them. I really attribute my growth to Paul Reid and Stacy Lucas. They won't read this but I have grown a lot because of their investment in me. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrDelliSanti, @carrietulbert, @lynn_moody
  • jenladd Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    We are definitely #bettertogether #LeadLAP
    In reply to @emilyfranESL
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: It has given more self-confidence and now I have written a proposal to speak at a conference in April with encouragement of some PLN friends. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: I can no longer imagine not be connected. If that were to occur I might incur a slow death #leadlap
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: I don’t think I have enough characters!! Because of my PLN I am resilient. I am inspired. I am driven. I am better. I am healed. I am motivated. I am humble. I am courageous. I am joyful. #LeadLAP
  • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2 Since the day I became connected! I believe we never do our very best alone. Being connected has opened the doors to so many amazing minds, thoughts and ideas that I wouldn’t have otherwise known had I not jumped in and reached out!! #LeadLAP
  • VeliaViola1 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Would totally agree. When you have true authentic Ts in it for the kids. Moving forward to make a difference. #momsasprincipals #leadlap
    • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:46 AM EST
      A2: It has given me the strength to push forward, think outside the box, bounce ideas of others, and get different perspectives. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • The_Groffice Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: Connections keep me thinking, creating, and striving for more. I’m so inspired by my PLN and say “There are so many amazing principals/educators out there” daily. #LeadLAP
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2b: as my buddy @awelcome says, if not for being a connected educator, he would have left education which says more than enough about the power of a PLN #leadlap
  • MrKaplansKlass Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2: The creative power of the mind of a teacher is amazing. The combined creative power of 10 teachers is immeasurable! Being a connected educator allows me to expand my horizons and try new things. Bonus: it provides me with a support system to reflect afterwards! #LeadLAP
  • missydhill Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    #Q2: Connection to other educators and leaders shapes me. I learn so much from those around me. Our best ideas begin/develop from reflective conferencing or bouncing thoughts off others. #leadLAP
  • Miss_B_Teach Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A1: It’s gonna sound crazy but when I was in Middle School I knew I wanted to be a teacher and eventually principal. My journey in education has given me opportunities to serve on leadership committees and I have found it really is a passion of mine #leadlap
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Great thought. Electricity needs a conductor, and interaction with other serves as the conductor of human thought. #LeadLAP
    • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
      A2. Connection is like cracking electricity to me. All my ideas come from my connections. #leadlap
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Being connected both with local school leaders and my PLN here have kept me from feeling isolated in this role — I get fresh ideas and book recommendations and it pushes me years beyond where I would be without! #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Being connected truly makes me feel as though I have a tribe. When I have a need, I know I can reach out to my people and find what I need. And then - I can provide that same support when called upon. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    Don't feel bad, I sneaked in unannounced and am sitting in the back row toward the middle #LeadLAP
    In reply to @principledlady
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    A2. Being connected has allowed me to live the dreams I only previously thought about - now they play out each day of my life. #LeadLAP
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
    YES! Ditto, Ditto, Ditto! Those that aren’t connected don’t know what they are missing. It’s a constant flow of support and ideas. #FeelTheLove #LeadLAP
    • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
      A2: I do not know how I'd survive as an educator or leader if I wasn't connected. My PLN helps stretch my thinking, supports me when I struggle, and remain positive when I'm feeling alone or frustrated. I don't know how folks are NOT connected! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Q3 coming in 1 minute! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • jodiepierpoint Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    A2. Being connected has allowed me to create a mentoring program for aspiring school leaders!!! #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Q2: being connected has put me in charge of my own PD, has allowed me to collaborate (my favorite thing!) beyond bldg/district/state/country. Has also provided learning, ideas, motivation & strength for those more challenging days! Thank u PLN! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    We are glad that you made it! #Leadlap
    In reply to @principledlady
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    That’s fabulous, Kristin. Way to go. Fingers crossed for you! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PreK33, @PrincipalGarden
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Wait! I meant SOME of those I follow, I don't agree with! #LeadLAP
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    A2: It has given me a clarity of purpose on those days when I lose focus, it has provided insight when I needed “another way,” and it has fed me emotionally on those days when I need a cheer leader and affirmation. Were in this together! #LeadLAP
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Yes! When I first transitioned from instructional coach to assistant principal, a wise leader told me, "treat your new job just like your coaching job. You're still a coach." #leadlap
    In reply to @polonerd, @The_Groffice
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Yep!!! I second this! 🙋🏽‍♀️ #leadlap
    • KarmenLogan Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
      A2: Being a connected leader has inspired me to go outside the box and see what can be! #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Yes - and it's also really important to hang out with those who AREN'T like-minded. It's dangerous to linger in echo chambers. We need a PLN to help push us! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @oodlesofteach
  • hawkinscentral Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    A2- Being involved in tweeter chats and following amazing educators fills my cup and pushes out the negativity. I also work with some awesome teachers. #hornetsr2 #leadlap
  • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Yes my PLN keeps me grounded and provides support in an instant. Before my PLN I had my "happy" file with good notes from students parents and admin to pick me up. I love how I can get help/support anytime anywhere for anything. #LeadLAP
    • LaPucelle32 Feb 17 @ 10:47 AM EST
      A2: resilience- when I have those days or weeks that make sad or frustrated I recharge and get reinspired online #LEADlap
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    A2: Connected Leadership helps us reach everyone we serve: from those that excel in the tree tops to those who need nourishment in the roots. Wherever you are you are an integral part and leadership needs to be connected & aware of the whole. 🌳 #LeadLAP
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    Being a connected educator has allowed me to hear the stories FIRST HAND of great leaders in education. Not just reading, but connecting with @posickj @burgess_shelley @Joe_Sanfelippo and many more. #LeadLAP
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
    In all honesty, the human in me wants to feel “normal” whatever that is🤗. Connecting feels amazing when like-minded people who challenge status quo are working with me. #LeadLAP #bettertogether
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Mic drop! #Leadlap
    • JulieGB7 Feb 17 @ 10:52 AM EST
      Q2: being connected has put me in charge of my own PD, has allowed me to collaborate (my favorite thing!) beyond bldg/district/state/country. Has also provided learning, ideas, motivation & strength for those more challenging days! Thank u PLN! #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Yes. I really like that perspective.#leadlap
    In reply to @Shapiro_WTHS
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    I love getting the diversity of opinions and ideas from my PLN! It’s the best PD there is! #leadLap
    In reply to @MrsRackleyCCMS
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2.b-Being connected through Twitter has inspired me to think outside the box. Being in a rural community, it's easy to get tunnel vision. There's so much more out there, and my PLN has helped me see that! #leadlap
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Love #Voxer. Daily check in's with my #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
    In reply to @tishrich
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2: I am a better leader today than I was a year ago and I continually reach out and look for ways to improve...and sharing what I have learned from my PLN with others has been priceless #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2: Being connected helps me in many ways and in many forms. I am constantly informed, encouraged and motivated by great people. I learn about so many resources, ideas and tools in education that I would be otherwise either passive about or invested in redundancy. #LeadLAP
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Yes! #leadlap
    In reply to @MrDelliSanti
  • LeeAraoz Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2: I wrote about how being CONNECTED has made me a BETTER educator here: A Connected Educator is a Better Educator #leadlap #momsasprincipals https://t.co/FbOYl7IwE7
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected leader is inspiring! I learn from others daily! #Leadlap
  • MrsDSherfey Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    A2: Being connected allows me to grow as a leader! I am so thankful for my PLN and the connections I have with others in this profession! #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Yikes - this is a tough one! The first two were nice little teasers and then BAM! #LeadLAP
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
    Intro, Im Ian a pre service teacher from Perth Western Australia. The land down under! #leadlap
  • timlriley Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    That would be my PLN #LeadLAP #bettertogether
    In reply to @burgessdave
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Exactly. You are expected to be the educational leader in your building. How do we do that without coaching and supporting Ts. Not just about official evaluations. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman, @The_Groffice
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    It's amazing how you hear perspectives that challenge your thinking #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges, @MrsRackleyCCMS
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Very important point. Diversity in view points is always needed! We just need to stay solutions oriented in our discussions. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A2. Think about what we are doing now. It’s incredibly powerful. Being in a constant communication loop with great professionals forces us to expand our view of education. #LeadLAP
  • GabrielPillay1 Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
  • DrJStephensVP Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A1: I often cried in middle school & would apologize to my health teacher for “crying in school”. She’d hug me & say “Never apologize for crying in school; you’re going to lead schools with that sensitivity some day.” Rest was history! #LeadLAP #LoveWorks #JoyfulLeaders
  • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    That's what I tell teachers, you can lead from anywhere in education, you just need to follow your heart and passions #LeadLAP
    • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
      How awesome is it that there's a place for each of us to use our genius to impact kids best? I love it! #leadlap
      • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:48 AM EST
        And I'm the opposite, after teaching for 23 years I left the classroom for leadership and lasted 4 years. I'm back in the classroom where I am still a district leader. I need to be with my classroom kiddos everyday to help other teachers and lead #leadlap
        • erikabow Feb 17 @ 10:45 AM EST
          A1. I have been in admin 3x as long as I taught. I guess I just wanted to see, do, and impact more. I love this vantage point. I think some of us are career administrators. I'm better in admin than teaching, and I was a pretty good T. :) #leadlap
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A3: Showing that I care for each and every person, adults and students everyday, not matter if mistakes were made. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A3: I wonder this a lot...but I hope that I am remembered by staff as caring, supportive and maybe even a little motivational? I'm not too sure! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Q3 is up!! #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A2: I try to follow new people every day! Being connected means continual growth. #leadlap #JoyfulLeaders
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A2: This GLOBAL connection is where I find my peeps, like-minded, positive people, who challenge me, build me up, and make me a better leader and HUMAN! #LeadLAP #PLN
  • drmcclard Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A3 working to build leaders in my school (Ts and Ss). Teachers are encouraged o try new ideas and share. Ss encourages to take initiative and start clubs. #LeadLAP
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Q3 is here! #LeadLAP
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Amen. There’s a little crazy in all of us brave enough to do this work!😎 #leadlap
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    Absolutely! @voxer is a game changer! It's a must! #momsasprincipals #AllKidsAreOurKids #leadlap
    • tishrich Feb 17 @ 10:50 AM EST
      A2: My PLN is an amazing support and source of strength to me. They challenge, encourage, and inspire on a daily basis. I am a far better educator and leader today because of those that I connect with on Twitter and Voxer. #leadlap
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
    A2: If we are connected, system wide, when the winds try to topple us down we will have the strength the stand tall & united! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
  • MrsKash101 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    Sara, teacher leader from Chicago suburbs. Excited to be part of my first #leadlap. Thanks #momsasprincipals
  • tishrich Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A1: leadership took me by surprise 4 years ago when our CTE Dept Chair moved midyear and left a position that needed to be filled immediately. Tag...🙋🏻‍♀️ was it. #leadlap
  • MrKaplansKlass Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3: As much as I want them to remember material that we investigate in class, the ring I aim to leave them with is a genuine passion for learning. More than content, I want to teach that learning is a never-ending journey that can be fun and enriching. #LeadLAP
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3: I am a big believer in leaving things just a little better than you found them... This has led me to be mindful of how I can support, encourage, and motivate others. #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    Welcome, Ian! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @ianvbz
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    I love having a few toes out of the classroom in various capacities, as well. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @teachteKBeck
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    Oh yeah, we are digging deep today! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • VeliaViola1 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    Truly reflective. Always moving forward to better yourself and the people around you. #momasprincipal #leadlap
    • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
      A2: I am a better leader today than I was a year ago and I continually reach out and look for ways to improve...and sharing what I have learned from my PLN with others has been priceless #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3. I hope I am leaving ripples that will continue outward ... endlessly ... this is so important to me that it brings tears to my eyes to think about it #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    So much great stuff with #LeadLap this morning! It’s hard to keep up with so many engaged school leaders! Filling my cup this morning! #JoyfulLeaders
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    @schisik you inform, motivate and inspire me! #Leadlap
    • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:53 AM EST
      A2: Being connected helps me in many ways and in many forms. I am constantly informed, encouraged and motivated by great people. I learn about so many resources, ideas and tools in education that I would be otherwise either passive about or invested in redundancy. #LeadLAP
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    Yes, I understand more and do more because of my connection #leadlap
    In reply to @SueTonnesen
  • BrobergTerry Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3. Fantastic question. The main ring I want to leave on other’s tree is simple, “You are valued and valuable.” #leadlap
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3: As an IC right now I hope to be leaving the rings of: positivity, the importance of self-reflection, and to be willing to try new ides because that's when growth will occur. #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    I'm so very thankful to @awelcome for pulling me into the #principalsinaction Voxer group. It was a game changer. I need connection to be creative...to gain energy...and he helped me build that PLN that you need in leadership. #lonelyjob #LeadLAP
    • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
      A2b: as my buddy @awelcome says, if not for being a connected educator, he would have left education which says more than enough about the power of a PLN #leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3: That's a tough one. Legacies are something talked about when you're gone. I hope that I'm inspiring others to greatness. Whether it be the kids, the teachers, or future leaders #LeadLAP
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A3 I hope I'm leaving behind the knowledge to workaround a students weakness, there's a way via tech #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
    A2. The difference between those that are satisfied and those that seek awareness is simply putting yourself on a position to see, hear and read what others have to share. #LeadLAP
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3 Opportunities that allow students and teachers to go outside their comfort zones. To create a tension that brings deeper learning and growth. Then repeat. Each ring takes a life of its own. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    This is AMAZING, Belinda! #leadlap
    • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
      A2: If we are connected, system wide, when the winds try to topple us down we will have the strength the stand tall & united! #LeadLAP
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: I hope that I am leaving rings of Trust, Motivation, Appreciation, Confidence, and Love. #leadlap
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: Hopefully ones with the names of all that I have impacted in a positive way during my educational career. This includes, students, teachers, parents and anyone else. I want my rings to look like the Stanley Cup which has the names of everyone who ever won it on it. #leadLAP.
  • EdLog411 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A2: my PLN is an ongoing source of ideas, resources and inspiration #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: My hope is that I help others (kids and adults) pursue their passion and continue to learn. People thrive when they are inspired through what drives them. #leadlap
  • lramsbot Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A2: Connectedness for me has been the key to taking risks because I've been able to find other teachers exploring the same direction/goals/concepts as me. There's comfort and affirmation in connectedness. #leadlap
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3 I hope that I am leaving a ring of energy fresh starts, and inspiration! Time will tell! #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: I hope that I'm leaving behind something positive. That's a huge focus for me as I work with my team: assuming positive intent, trying new things, etc. #LeadLAP
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    All the YES to this! I have become smarter (and a more effective leader) because of the people I am connected with! #LeadLAP
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: I hope my ring is a reminder that I am passionate. Passion sometimes needs to be toned down a little, is just right, or is a bit over the top - I think I have a pretty squiggly ring. #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    I was thinking the same thing😂 This one is thought provoker! #leadlap
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • walkchrysj Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3 It is my desire to leave rings of motivation, encouragement, and investment in our team members, so they will transition into their leadership potential, while bringing others along the way #leadlap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    We wanted to shake it up...go deep. It's reflection time! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    Welcome, Sara! We are glad that you are here!!!! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @MrsKash101
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: I hope I am leaving rings of integrity, compassion, thoughtfulness, and strong relationships. #LeadLAP
  • dasheffield23 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: Just like I want my students to feel, I want my teachers and staff to feel empowered, supported, and to be open to take risk because they feel SAFE! #leadlap
  • whiteeducator Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3: I hope I support staff/students to ask questions, take risks, speak up, and encourage them to take control of their learning/development. #LeadLAP
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3 Rings of leaders to take my place, push my thinking, and make our school a better place for our students and staff! #leadlap
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
    A3- Inspiring students to be leaders in our school. Giving them a voice, taking time to listen, teaching soft skills and helping them to see the importance of them! #leadlap
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3) Rings on a tree are thicker in years of good growth. I hope the rings I'm leaving are thick, cultivated by: Belief Encouragement Love Teamwork Service Desire for Excellence Risk-taking Honesty Joy and Laughter Trust #leadlap
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: I hope that my unrelenting passion for improving what we offer, how we offer it and just plain loving our students is the indelible mark I leave behind. #leadlap
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 #1 Positive and Supportive Culture, we are a family and can rely on one another through good and difficult times #LeadLAP
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 innovation is greeted with support, everyone matters and can learn (adults and kids) relationships are key and in all positivity should prevail #leadlap
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 I hope I am instilling a love of learning in Ts and Ss. Making sure everyone knows their potential, how to reach it and that they are amazing! I hope I am leaving behind a memory of fun, kindness, support and passion! #LeadLAP
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: my hope is that my crew, my students and the families in our schools see that we are a caring culture, vibrant, enthusiastic and one that is willing to try new things, to take risks and to learn from our mistakes...and that we love their children...every single one! #LeadLAP
  • schisik Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: I hope my ring(s) are based on empowerment and the understanding that there are many people out there who believe in themselves because (at least in part) because they know I believed in then then and still believe in them now. #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    I like it! Really gets me thinking about what it is that I am doing that MATTERS. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mccall_kelley
  • huels_ryan Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 I hope to leave behind the legacy of being a Trajectory Changer: because of the work I do, I will have made the lives of staff and students better #LeadLAP
  • dcathsbrown Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    For the teachers and the students! #satchat #edchat #edtechchat #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: I want every teacher to see the leader within. They all have the potential, and when they realize it...big things happen for kids and schools. #leadlap
  • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    Toes out wasn't enough for me... I need a daily classroom to experiment and iterate and then share with other teachers and admin. #LeadLAP
    • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:55 AM EST
      I love having a few toes out of the classroom in various capacities, as well. #LeadLAP
      In reply to @teachteKBeck
  • Principal_MacD Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    #JoyfulLeaders #LeadLAP
    • Principal_MacD Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
      This report card doesn’t communicate how much we care about your child’s well-being, or how much we believe in your child’s potential...
  • cybraryman1 Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 Great leaders model their expectations and get in classrooms and teach. My Leadership page https://t.co/mYagW5jHtu “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." #LeadLAP
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: Some of the greatest leaders in my life have left me thinking, "You made me better..." I can only hope to do that in someone else... #LeadLAP
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    This! To show everyone that it's kind of fun to do the impossible #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
    • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
      A3: Everyday I want it to be less and less about my role and more about the great things the teachers and ss are doing. I see myself as an advocate for our school, leaving a legacy of excellence.
  • KarmenLogan Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3: My biggest ring is to remember that the little things we do each day can make a big difference in others! Keep a positive growth mindset for self and develop in others. #JoyfulLeaders #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    A3 I hope they see me as someone who genuinely cares about them. #LeadLAP
  • courtkneeruns Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    Hopping in now but love this idea of the seeds we plant and the growing we all do in schools with our Ss. ELA teacher from #inclusive school in CA here. 🙋🏼‍♀️🌱🌳 #leadlap
  • ljsmith0414 Feb 17 @ 10:57 AM EST
    #LeadLAP A3. I encourage growth and learning on all levels in the school building and among the community.
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3 Leaving my Indigenous Ss on my volunteer role last year, and seeing the growth and the light bulb moments they had. That to me is teaching. #leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I hope that my rings of influence will result in elevated #empathy, mobilized #compassion and a world in which random acts of #kindness are more like intentional, purposeful, daily habits of kindness, joy, love, connection, belonging, and mattering! #leadlap
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: rings include building a #cultureofyes and focus on what is best for kids. If I can have educators I work with reflect regularly on their WHY that’s a great ring #leadlap
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    You definitely make that impact on people you meet! I happen to be one of them! #leadlap
    In reply to @tsschmidty
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I reflect on this often. I hope each of my rings leaves others more confident, knowledgeable, inspired and empowered. I think I’m actually going to start journaling my rings! I just love this! #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A2 Bring a connected EDU has been a game-changer. I’ve met SO many likeminded people—which has shifted my mindset to be even MORE adventurous & take more risks! ❤️that! My PLFamily has made me feel a true sense of belonging. Supported. Encouraged. Challenged.❤️ #LEADlap
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: My passion as a leader is to help others become the best versions of themselves! Empower others to discover their WHY! #Leadlap
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    I am very proud to say that I have introduced the power of Twitter to hundreds of Ts and Ps. I found Twitter when I felt lost in a sea of problems and lack of solutions. It brought clarity and community. I share this message with as many Ts and Ps possible. #LeadLAP
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A2b. Being connected is critical to growing as an educator. I discover the best blogs, books, reflect and get pushed out of my comfort zone. https://t.co/Mr6qm1JYso . #Leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    I’m trying to set my school up with a culture and vision that outlasts individuals and makes things the Bromwell Way! Heck — we should get the street renamed that out front! #LeadLAP
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: An important ring for me is building a sense of agency in others so they know they have the ability to make magic happen for students. #LeadLAP
  • missydhill Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: Relationships, relationships, relationships. As I work with students/teachers/parents, I want to impress that I care about people—their interests, their learning, their well-being, their future. #leadLAP
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I am always evolving, learning, absorbing. Sometimes my output may not match my input. But it shows growth and a movement forward toward the best version of self I can muster if not for me, then for the Ts & Ss. #LeadLAP
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I hope that all my rings show kindness, passion, and love. Just as the tree grows so do I. I have had some toxic environments and perhaps I did not always put my best into the ring that year. I reflect and try to improve each day/moment going forward. Age/wisdom help #LeadLAP
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: Perseverance, persistence, compassionate, & possibilities to reach the stars! No limits when there’s passion #leadlap
  • jodiepierpoint Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3. Want to leave rings on inspiration & belief that once you set your mind to something you can do it! #dreambig #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3. For me personally I’m known for being a really positive, passionate and persistent educator. I don’t know if that’s always the case, but it is something that helps to motivate me every day. Also, being happy is contagious! #LeadLAP
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I'm teaching my staff and students how to listen-- really listen, not just pretend to listen while thinking. #leadlap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    I hope I leave the following: kindness....love...hope...strength... #leadlap
  • LaPucelle32 Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: hopefully thoughtfulness, reflection, and perspective. #LEADlap
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    Wonderful to hear this. Many of us were sensitive kids and it was seen as a weakness. I suspect your health teacher was one of them, too. #LeadLAP
    • DrJStephensVP Feb 17 @ 10:54 AM EST
      A1: I often cried in middle school & would apologize to my health teacher for “crying in school”. She’d hug me & say “Never apologize for crying in school; you’re going to lead schools with that sensitivity some day.” Rest was history! #LeadLAP #LoveWorks #JoyfulLeaders
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    a3 I don't think I leave "rings," I drop seed pods that other people pick up and plant. #leadlap
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: Another great Wooden quote. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    #momsasprincipals had their coffee this morning! LOL! #leadlap
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: My ripples as a leader may be small right now but I continue to model a connected educator who will NEVER stop learning! I hope it continues to spread, even if it does so very slowly! #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: I'm a Schl Psy. Getting into c'rooms is helping me leave more rings. During centers I do SEL lessons. In last 2 weeks, I've made postive calls home and Ps say, "oh are you the bucket filler?" b/c their kids come home & share w/them abt my lessons! SO exciting! #LeadLAP
  • adamdovico Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    Thank you, my friend! The feeling is mutual! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalTallen
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 10:58 AM EST
    A3: My hope is that the rings I leave are stronger even though they are further from the center. I hope each person I touch takes what I share and builds outward. Family. Trust. Communication. Positive movement. Present. Approachable. #leadlap
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Trajectory Changer. That's an awesome phrase! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @huels_ryan
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3. I hope I l am leaving rings of hope. You can do this. You are already doing this. #leadlap
  • averyteach Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    So glad I was able to join for a little bit this morning! Keep planting those seeds of leadership in others! #Leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Well said, Liz!! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3 I sincerely hope that my belief in #BetheModel @KirkElementary will continually to encourage both Ss and Ts to be #Risktakers...no risk, no reward ...we won't put here to be mediocre #leadlap
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Q3: The first few years were tight & winding... it was a tough go because we had to make major change & I was learning what it meant to lead. I hope that at the end of the day I am known for wanting to do what’s best for the individual including: Ss., Ts., & Parents. #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Clearly! I haven't yet - so guess that's part of my problem?? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalTallen
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Did someone say relationships, the key to everything, especially communication. #leadlap
    In reply to @missydhill
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    This just gave me chills, Meredith! It is so important to remember your WHY!!!! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @mjjohnson1216
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3: Not easy to answer...I hope that the biggest ring is that relationships matter first and foremost. Also that we better together and that #AllKidsAreOurKids #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
  • MrsKash101 Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A2: Being a connected educator means I am surrounded by creativity, positivity, and innovation! I not only learn new tips and tricks, but gain new perspectives. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A2: Being connected is the best way to understand different perspectives. Different perspectives are the best path to growth. #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3. Most important of all. I hope that the students I’m in connection with see the power of being positive and forward thinking. #LeadLAP
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3: My most important ring is positivity. Appreciating and valuing the work we do and moving forward with kids first. Motivation, encouragement and inspiration. #Leadlap
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3: I hope that I'm leaving rings of honesty, kindness, and peaceful conflict resolution. That's my goal-to help raise kinder, more compassionate children. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    Curious, was your middle school experience a positive one? School in general? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Miss_B_Teach
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 10:59 AM EST
    A3b: gaveling a #PLN of inspiring educators helps improve my ability to leave better rings in my tree! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    Q4 coming in 1 minute! Let's keep the conversation going about growing leaders! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • MrsDSherfey Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3: rings of accountability & growing from mistakes w/ Ss. Having meaningful conversations when mistakes are made & praise them when they succeed. W/ Ts, rings of support & encouragement. Building these relationships allows for critical conversations about Ss learning. #LeadLAP
  • courtkneeruns Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3: I hope that I’m leaving my Ss with the belief that if working hard and building connections around them will carry them forward in every endeavor. #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • loliveira55 Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    I certainly hope a positive outlook, the belief that we are #bettertogether and, that kids come first. #LeadLAP
  • teachteKBeck Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3 Rings are like baby steps, I tell teachers to start small and just keep swimming... #LeadLAP
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3: Mindfulness, embracing change, open to growth, encouraging others to embrace their talents and use them to help others find their way. #LeadLAP
  • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3 My hope is for every T and S to know that they are valued and loved. That the hard work Ts put in each day does not go unnoticed. I hope they are inspired and motivated to take risks and step out of their safe zones to do what’s best for kids, and have fun doing it #LeadLAP
  • whiteeducator Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3: I hope I help others to see we can all grow and benefit from coaching - at all levels of our career/schooling. #LeadLAP
  • education_geek Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    The only thing more detrimental than a student failing a class...is passing the class having learned nothing. #edchat #tlap #LeadLAP
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A2- growing my PLN has providing necessary inspiration for me to look deep inside myself to memake changes to better myself as a leader!#LeadLAP
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    A3: Not entirely sure yet. While my Ts tease me about twitter, many have begun using it to connect with families and learn from other educators. I have been working on connecting Ts within and beyond my building. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    Yes, taking risks and not being afraid to fail is key as we continue to grow! #Leadlap
    In reply to @KristenDolen
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 11:00 AM EST
    Any good resources for getting teachers who are new to twitter on board and engaged with PLNs and educhats? #leadLAP #LearnLAP #JoyfulLeaders
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: I hope my rings leave the people I touch with encouragement, yearning to grow, and allowing for fun along the way. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: I was recently inspired by the words of John Huntsman, Sr. I hope I am leaving these kinds of rings. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    Tg provides opportunities for ideas to help Ss to form & gel. ##leadlap
    In reply to @teachteKBeck
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: Trying to build up the Ts who are ready to move forward w/ new strategies & ideas. Support them in implementing so other Ts can learn from them. #LeadLAP
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    You might not see the ripples you leave as a leader until years after you've worked with someone. #leadlap
    In reply to @MrsLedford6Eng
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    @MarliseAlbert You did this for me! #LeadLAP
  • hawkinscentral Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3- I hope that’s help to foster Ts and ss to take risks, to try to new things, and embrace change. I hope that they know I’m willing to fail and prosper with them. #LeadLAP
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: I want us to value the student and who they are just as much as we value what it is we want them to know. By creating great people, they’ll take that knowledge into the world and spread it positively. #LeadLAP
  • Miss_B_Teach Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: I hope the rings I leave are ready rings of kindness, joy, compassion, service, relationships first, next and always. #leadlap
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    I. Love. This!! Exactly how I want to be growing!!!! #leadlap 🤗💕✨🌟 https://t.co/GbGQ3kdPkA
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: Rings of integrity. Something so important. #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    “Jump in and reach out.” Great motivator for connecting professionally online and on Twitter in particular. #PLN #LeadLAP
    • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 10:51 AM EST
      A2 Since the day I became connected! I believe we never do our very best alone. Being connected has opened the doors to so many amazing minds, thoughts and ideas that I wouldn’t have otherwise known had I not jumped in and reached out!! #LeadLAP
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    Love this answer, Dan. So great to connect with you in #LeadLAP this morning. Great to have you here.
    • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
      A3 Opportunities that allow students and teachers to go outside their comfort zones. To create a tension that brings deeper learning and growth. Then repeat. Each ring takes a life of its own. #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 11:01 AM EST
    A3: Leaders don't win championships, teachers and students do. Leaders set up the conditions for success. Our "rings" will be the systems we design that bring out the best in people. #leadlap
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A4: Taking time to reflect on my day, surrounding myself with Ss, spending time with my daughters, chatting with @momsasprincipal and connecting with my positive @voxer peeps @jeffreykubiak @NowakRo #leadlap #JoyfulLeaders #momsasprincipals
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    Me too!!! :Me too! @awelcome is a #rockstar! He has made a huge impact on #momsasprincipals #leadlap
    In reply to @mccall_kelley, @awelcome, @awelcome
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    Joining the conversation late... I’m a teacher leader from Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by all the wisdom in this chat! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    Small ripples can be far reaching #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @MrsLedford6Eng
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A4: I talk with some of my PLN who always give me perspective. @LaVonnaRoth @PaulONeill1972 @smgaillard @DrJStephensVP @SteeleThoughts @PrincipalPaul to name a few! #leadlap
  • principledlady Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    It took me 55 years to not only stop apologizing for being sensitive but realizing it doesn’t make me a weak leader. It means I am a strong leader. #empathyisstrength #leadlap
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • DrJStephensVP Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A3: In the grand scheme of things we don’t remember many details other than how people made us feel. Promoting compassion and taking care of one another - among kids & adults - is my greatest mission. Hope the tree ring is in progress! ; ) #LeadLAP #KindnessMatters #LoveWorks
  • SteveGasca Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A3: I hope people see me as passionate and courageous, always willing to try new things for students who I believe all have potential. #leadlap
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • EdLog411 Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A3: I am always working to reflect the great possibilities I see in others and to help them find their own paths to growth...Students, staff, parents #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A2. Being connected is the lifeblood of my journey as an educator #leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    That is awesome! #leadlap
    In reply to @JulieGB7
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    A3: belief in themselves and their ability to make positive change #LeadLAP
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    If #BecauseOfMyPLN isn’t a trending hashtag it needs to be. #LeadLAP
  • klane55 Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
    #LeadLAP
    In reply to @jands1118, @burgess_shelley
  • jodiepierpoint Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4. Reach out to my #PLN & my pals! Having convos with trusted friends makes everything better #LeadLAP
  • MrsKash101 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A3: I believe I am leaving rings that celebrate all students through inclusive practices, commitment to lifelong learning, and flexibility. Doing whatever it takes for all students is my guiding philosophy. #LeadLap #momsasprincipals
  • The_Groffice Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A3: I want to ensure I leave a passion for wanting to push limits and boundaries. I hope I create a continuous improvement mindset. Not because we have to but because we want to. #LeadLAP
  • dasheffield23 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: We need to have that person or group of encouragers that believe in us and speak truth into our life. We don’t need to go at it alone. #leadlap
  • MrsDSherfey Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: Always take a step back and revisit the end goal. Sometimes reflecting back on the purpose allows you a chance to reset and view things in a clear way. #LeadLAP
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    Thanks Shelley! Glad to be here today! So much inspiration #LeadLAP
    In reply to @burgess_shelley
  • jgomezprincipal Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    ❤️!!! Yes @PrincipalGarden! #leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: It's all about how we approach the storm. We need to find people who will be our rainbow in the storm, the sunshine that peeks through the clouds, the self-care resource that we need to weather being buried so we can grow stronger than ever. #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    @PrincipalPaul gave me a great idea of posing chat questions live, so the group can be supported as they learn the process of connecting via Twitter. #leadlap
  • lmstump Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4 Find fun, be spontaneous! I raced a few kids through the snow this week and we all fell multiple times...covering our clothes and getting soaked - oh well! we laughed! #LeadLAP
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    So true!!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @latoyadixon5
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: turn to my PLN. I also turn to outlets like mountain biking, playing the piano, and do a wekeend fam trip —have to find an escape to reflect and reset #leadlap
  • ljsmith0414 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    #LeadLAP A4. That is happening now in my district. Right now the conversations, some might say protectiveness, and kinds words of encouragement are keeping me together.
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    I can vouch that you truly are doing this, Cathy! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
    • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 10:56 AM EST
      A3: I hope that I am leaving rings of Trust, Motivation, Appreciation, Confidence, and Love. #leadlap
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: By understanding that bending is not a sign of weakness...it's a sign of being flexible, adaptable, and resilient. It's also proof that you have deep roots grounded in values. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: Lean on the people who I know will keep me up (@ryanssiemens @taekwondenny @brent_legault75 @rentzkoch @99CLW) Spend time with my family to remind myself of what is important. #LeadLAP
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4 I reach out to my PLN for support and wisdom. I remember to take care of myself and spend a lot of time reflecting. Making sure I remember my why: what is best for Ss? #leadlap
  • burgessdave Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    Truth, Dan! I often think back to what we had in just a small little 4-plex of classrooms at West Hills. Plus some math dude... @reubenhoffman @JarrodCarman_ @johnberray #FiveGuys #LeadLAP #tlap
    In reply to @danmcdowell, @reubenhoffman, @JarrodCarman_, @johnberray
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    Rings of love, hope, empathy, belief, support, perseverance, kindness, reverence, compassion & that YOU can do anything you want! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    Q4 again! #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
    A4: Close the door. Curse a lot. Reflect, plan, talk to the #PLN, figure it out and then open the door and make it happen #LeadLAP
  • LeeAraoz Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A3:My goal is to make a positive impact on the children & adults I work w/ every day. If I can show them a new way of doing something or remind them of the awesomeness they're already doing, leaving them w/ a smile on their face, then I have succeeded! #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • TaraMartinEDU Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A3 The rings I hope to leave as a leader are the same I hope to leave as a human— Be R.E.A.L. in everything I do and empower those I serve to do the same. R- Relatable E- Expose Vulnerability A- Always Approachable L- Learning Through Life Staying true. REAL. #LEADlap
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4 Reflect to figure out the possible whys then turn to my support system and move forward #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A3: I want to leave a ring where each person feels more valued, more capable, more confident, and more creative as an educator. Part of my role is nurturing the greatness in others. #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4 first I rely heavily on my faith, without God I'm nothing. My wife supports me also and I'm able to bounce ideas off of my pln and colleagues. #LeadLAP
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4: Take some deep breaths and remember my "why". Reach out to my PLN. Love that our #momsasprincipals group keeps it real. #leadlap
  • MrKaplansKlass Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4: Stress is often just passion being presented in a different form. When things get tough, I try to use that as proof that what I’m doing is worthwhile and push forward with that in mind. Teddy Roosevelt said it best! #LeadLAP
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4: Seek advice and counsel from people you trust. Those that will tell you "You are wrong" or "You will get this resolved" Surrounding yourself with the right tribe is key. Reflection & Faith. #leadlap
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    I wasn't happy in school either. I think God sent me back to HS bc he knew I wouldn't want to swim in the Amazon but I do like feeling needed. #leadlap
    In reply to @DrJStephensVP
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    Think of all the effort some have to make to build empathy. To understand a situation. To feel. #PeopleSkills #LeadLAP
    In reply to @principledlady
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4- Reflection, prayer, and connection. I always seek out my greatest #edufriends. They always provide encouragement. They are the ones whom believe in me most and they get me back to my "why." #leadlap
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4: Tough times allow for me to sit back & see it as a chance to learn & grow in a certain area rather than roll over and be defeated or play victim. Even if it's hard in the moment, looking back, tough times in my career have made me who I am today. #LeadLAP
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    A4: I talk to those people I trust and get their perspective, reflect, and take care of me! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    Biggest thing is Ts need to understand the WHY. They need to hear the positive stories first. Maybe create a FlipGrid so they can hear from your PLN. Then do an 'in-house' chat during an inservice but encourage outside Ts to join. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
    Q4 is up... #LeadLAP
  • TeacherMelissa Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4. Always remember your WHY and stay grounded in your belief of child-centered decisions! #LeadLAP
  • smgaillard Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    Always cherishing your wisdom and our friendship! Thanks for the shoutout! #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: To help me bend and not break, I focus on self-care, accept help from others around me, ask for help, and spend 2 hours on Twitter on this Saturday morning, with the best, to help me refocus! LOL! #leadlap
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: when things get tough...I reflect when I came from and where I’ve been to gain strength. But even if I brake...I still color! #leadlap
  • 3littlebirds2 Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: share with my admin team, reach out to my #PLN, go gang in a kinder room or other class. Bring it back to what my purpose is! #LeadLAP
  • MarliseAlbert Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    You are very kind @MicheleCMueller - There is no doubt in my mind that you will be inspiring others the same way someday. #LeadLAP #principalsinaction
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: Reflect, recharge, reframe. #LeadLAP
  • HeidyLaFleur Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4. We get by with a 'ittle help from our friends! ::group hug time:: #LeadLAP
  • loliveira55 Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4 Constant belief that tomorrow will be better. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    Love this quote, Dan! #leadlap
    • MrKaplansKlass Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
      A4: Stress is often just passion being presented in a different form. When things get tough, I try to use that as proof that what I’m doing is worthwhile and push forward with that in mind. Teddy Roosevelt said it best! #LeadLAP
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    #LeadLAP this is what I hope to leave behind long after I am gone!
  • huels_ryan Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4 When things get difficult, remember your “why”. Why do you come to school each day? Mine is to serve others and make the world a better place for kids like this one #LeadLAP
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: Learning to be flexible and not brittle is an ongoing challenge but reaching out to this #LeadLAP PLN has been a game changer in so many ways...reading blogs, tweets, #dbcbooks as well as DM’s to friends have provided advice and support...#momsasprincipals
  • whiteeducator Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: Having a work bff is so important. We all need someone that has our back and best interests at heart. #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: I am thankful for my partner in crime, my AP @CaptainACPicard because I can be real with her. I can share frustrations and admit when I am sinking. #leadlap
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: When I feel myself bending, I know it’s time to take a break, to step away for a moment. I also believe it is imperative that we all find a way to fuel ourselves, do something for our own fulfillment and enjoyment. For me, it’s reading for pleasure. #LeadLAP
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 11:05 AM EST
    A4: Gaining perspective from my EDU-confidant! She guides me through my actions, feelings, beliefs, and thinking to self-check me before I work with others! #LeadLAP
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: I take a step back and refocus. Then I call on my support system and we do it together. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • cgiardino3 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: I lean on my PLN, I reflect, and head into a classroom because it always makes me smile. #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • AnBoe65 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    my ring could be a track that says that many things are possible if you stand up for them #LeadLAP
  • courtkneeruns Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: To bend and not break - key is talking with other staff. Sometimes you need to decompress disappointments or ideas. #firstyearteacher and had a couple lessons not go well. Mentor took me out to ☕️ and we chatted and regrouped. Huge impact. #leadlap
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    Oh you noticed I sneaked in. I tried to be so quiet but that's just not in my nature. Failed again! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf, @ianvbz
  • MicheleCMueller Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    #LeadLAP
    • dasheffield23 Feb 17 @ 11:03 AM EST
      A4: We need to have that person or group of encouragers that believe in us and speak truth into our life. We don’t need to go at it alone. #leadlap
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4 The stakes are too high. Breaking isn't an option. Sometimes the wins are small, but we have to regroup and move forward. If one battle is lost, there are dozens others that need attention. #LeadLap
  • missydhill Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: I bend rather than break because no matter what circumstance I’m facing, my heart is focused on doing what is right for kids. I may have to be flexible, to take a different route, but the goal at the end will always be a better outcome for a child. #leadlap
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: I go and spend time Ss, reaching out to my #momsasprincipals #principalsinaction Voxer peeps, and remembering my why. My family, too! #LeadLAP
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4b: Visit classrooms to see kiddos always help me 😀 #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: Being heard does not necessarily mean getting your way. As a leader I always listen, weigh the perspective I am hearing and follow it as much as our values will allow. Most of the time I tweak, but sometimes I stand firm. #LeadLAP
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4 One of the things I learnt on my pracs last year was to take a step back, reflect on the positives and the negatives. Translate the negatives into positives at next lesson. #leadlap
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    BOOM! Enough said! #momsasprincipals #AllKidsAreOurKids #leadlap
    • TaraMartinEDU Feb 17 @ 11:04 AM EST
      A3 The rings I hope to leave as a leader are the same I hope to leave as a human— Be R.E.A.L. in everything I do and empower those I serve to do the same. R- Relatable E- Expose Vulnerability A- Always Approachable L- Learning Through Life Staying true. REAL. #LEADlap
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A3- I am trying to leave positive as inspirational rings to both my teachers and students by providing encouraging words and being supportive in all they do!! #LeadLAP
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: By admitting something is tough. Too often we feel like we have to be the rock. We're as human as the next person. It's ok to struggle and it's ok to cry for help. Bending and not breaking is about knowing where you can go for help. #LeadLAP
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: I have always had great leadership coaches and stuck with them over time so they can remind me of how I handled challenges in the past. #leadlap
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4: By remembering that bending is good leadership and breaking doesn't typically help anyone in any situation. To do this well I reflect, talk it out w/someone I trust, embrace my vulnerability. #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4.b-Reframe the situations and storms. How can I look at this differently? Regulate my own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Be more self-aware. Deal with things positively. #leadlap
  • AnBoe65 Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A3 my ring could be a track that says that many things are possible if you stand up for them #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    A4. Find others that share a vision of helping students. Also, and probably the greatest advice I could provide new teachers especially. A constant reflection of your own practice. Usually we are overly critical of ourselves, when usually we are doing great things. #LeadLAP
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 11:06 AM EST
    So very important! Your compass! #leadlap
    In reply to @huels_ryan
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Q5 coming up in 1 minute! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4 Take a minute to remember our why and put the situation into perspective. Also rely on great colleagues for support! #LeadLAP
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Every day is a new day and a gift! Try, learn, fail, grow and repeat! Rely on mentors and PLN for words of wisdom, remember your why! #LeadLAP
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    I try to remember none of this is about me. My personal life and professional life are so intertwined that it can be hard, but when I reflect on the situation w/ the lens that it isn't about me, I can bend much farther and w/ less emotion. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • timlriley Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Am I too late? #LEADlap
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: A couple of thoughts on this one. When we face storms (and we all do)...do what we can to adjust our sails. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • TaraMartinEDU Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Awwwzers...thanks, Tracy. 🤗 #LEADlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @PrincipalTallen
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Looking into the eyes of my daughter and seeing the future I am helping to create #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Faith in the big picture! Faith in all of you picking up the slack on days where I didn’t feel as impactful or productive. I think as whole, we move in a direction that allows each of us bad days and rest days, so we can jump right back in. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: I go back to my mission. What am I here to do? Who am I here to serve? I remind myself of the myriad families I’ve impacted already over the course of my 8-year career. And then I listen with an open heart to the people around me so that I can do the right thing. #LeadLAP
  • EdLog411 Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Gratitude is powerful when things get tough. Connecting to those things that bring me joy #LeadLAP
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: By surrounding myself with positive people; by practicing self care; connecting with others who have overcome; & remembering that there is growth in challenge. #LeadLAP
  • mjjohnson1216 Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4. We admit we need help and open ourselves up to the gifts of others! #LeadLAP
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    True statement. Rainbows can only be seen if it's raining. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    That is awesome! It's like having your own little "cheering section!" #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman
  • SteveGasca Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Collaborative support. No person is an island. When things get rough, I have a group I can bounce ideas off of and problem solve with when needed. #leadlap
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • MrsKash101 Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Thanks for being an amazing mentor and encourager @TeacherMelissa #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    • TeacherMelissa Feb 17 @ 11:02 AM EST
      Great to see you here, Sara!!!
      In reply to @MrsKash101
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Mentoring is so important. Someone that can be honest with you and still love you even if you are wrong #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4. When things get tough, I reach out to my PLN, keep my students/staff as my focus, and don't lose sleep over things I can't change. #leadlap
  • courtkneeruns Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: Also a good opportunity for S feedback. They have a voice and great ideas. Sometimes I stifle theirs in pursuit of my own. #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • Dale_Chu Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    A4: “Life is 10% what life does to you and 90% how you respond to it. I believe in rainbows after storms. You cannot have a rainbow without a storm first” @johnhopebryant #LeadLAP 🌈
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 11:07 AM EST
    Yes!!! Enjoy ever moment!! Even the tough ones! #leadlap
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4 - I pray and lean on others in the same positionthat I am in for encouragement and a listening ear! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    Never too late! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @timlriley
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4: Yoga helps me "bend" both physically and mentally. I connect on Twitter and let my PLN build me back up again with all of the positivity and reminders of my why. I have also been trying to begin each day with notes of gratitude to Ts and Ss. #Leadlap
  • principledlady Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4: I always go back to my core value of presuming positive intent. Most “storms” involve people and their perceptions. In my 30 year career I only experienced one situation where this was impossible for me and it broke me. Won’t go there again #leadlap
  • JeremyDBond Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    Interesting. Just curious how you knew so early what you wanted to do. Figured your own experience had something to do with it. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Miss_B_Teach
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4:taking time away from the pressures of our job is easy when you have the support of your awesome family...they ground me and make me a better person so that I have so much to give back to my leadership role in my school #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4. You know, I guess I seek out reassurance when I bend. So back to how important my connections are!#leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4b: One of my all-time favorite storm chasers and sentiments! #KindCoins #leadlap
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    That's why I believe so much in the power of vulnerability. I think people appreciate that #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mrjefflahey
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4: Biggest thing for me is to understand that some steps forward will take longer for some Ts. Don't get frustrated, give them more time and support. Not easy for me. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    I think the ripple effect goes from one changed life to another. My church gives tons of $ to the poor but if I can help Ss away from that path, I think that's even better. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mjjohnson1216
  • timlriley Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4. I’m an Introvert so it can be difficult asking for help #LEADlap
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4: Life is all about weathering the storms. I believe that when I need to bend, it's giving me a new perspective to look at things. It's giving me the opportunity to be flexible or reflective of what's happening around me. Embrace it. You will learn something. #LeadLAP
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4...when those moments come when you can bend or break, I've learned to lean in and reflect on my WHY and that provides the clarity needed to keep moving forward...blog post.... https://t.co/SyQGrkSUoF #LeadLAP
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4: I focus on my purpose...the students and teachers. I build them up, nurture them, inspire them and love them up. By making sure they don’t feel the same way I do in that moment always makes me feel better! #LeadLAP
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    Yes! Because the truth it - leaders struggle, too! Not everything is easy or an immediate success! This is the good work that we do and it is HARD! It's better for folks to see that - helps them grow as leaders, too! #leadlap
    In reply to @mrjefflahey
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:08 AM EST
    A4b: I seek out trusted mentors who can bring a different perspective. I ask for their insight and wisdom. I refuse to believe that I don’t need people in my life to help me see blind spots or areas of growth. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A5: Every decision MUST be based on what is BEST for Ss! Ss are naturally curious, inquisitive, and full of adventure. As #educators we must create trails for them to explore! #leadlap #momsasprincipals #TLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A4: Also hanging out with kids always helps me recharge and remember my why! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • smgaillard Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Adding to that vibe for our friend, champion and guardian angel that is @bethhill2829! #JoyfulLeaders #LeadLAP
    In reply to @DrJStephensVP, @bethhill2829, @LaVonnaRoth, @PaulONeill1972, @SteeleThoughts, @PrincipalPaul, @bethhill2829
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A4: I allow myself to feel the emotion and let it run its course and then move on. Too often I tried to tuck it in or pretend everything is fine and then it just gets worse. #LeadLAP
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    YES! Listening to truth from someone else always helps to recenter! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @dasheffield23
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Continuing to reflect on your WHY is so important. Take the time and you won't be disappointed! #leadlap
    In reply to @EllieTalleyEDU
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Presuming positive intentions is so helpful to communication #leadlap
    In reply to @principledlady
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A5: We are a team. We truly live and breath this in our school. The staff supports each other with all kids. We make decisions on what's best for kids and we do it together. #LeadLAP #prairiewaters
  • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    I use that approach at the end of the day as a reflection. Everyday I write down three things at the end of the day that I am thankful for or happy about. It really has helped me keep my mindset positive! #leadlap
    In reply to @j_hoffman22
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Can I explain it that way to my doctor? I love this. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrKaplansKlass
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Yes, sometimes it's almost seen as better or more professional to be highly critical of oneself when at times, it can be counterproductive. #leadlap
    In reply to @Shapiro_WTHS
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    Losing sleep is something I am good at...but working on it! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @oodlesofteach
  • hawkinscentral Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A4-I am fortunate enough to have a work bff that gives advice and just listens. She’s pretty great! @Hdavisbaseball #LeadLAP #hornetsr2
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
    A5 If any child in our building is in distress or misbehaving any adult will step in. Our culture is all students belong to all of us 😀 #leadlap
  • nbartley6 Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    Morning-super late (again) but happy to jumping on in time for @PrincipalGarden's ? A4 When we break, it's pretty hard to see solutions, so I help myself bend instead by reminding myself (sometimes over and over) it may just be time to get more creative. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    Never! Jump right in! #Leadlap
    In reply to @timlriley
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A4: part 2–but sometimes despite our best efforts, we do break. It’s comforting to know that when we do it serves a higher purpose. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • lramsbot Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A3: When things get tough ,I think it's important to focus on your "why", your central purpose/goal. Then shore things up, shake it off and/or go back to the drawing board #leadlap
  • huels_ryan Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A5 I had a team fully engulfed by the “February Blues”- I gave them all an extra plan and shared motivational message with their classes to challenge them to better their best effort at school #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A4: I bend during challenging times by seeking support from like minded edus (marigolds) and my PLN. #leadlap https://t.co/EyWVjFCIHO
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    That's exactly what my coaches provide! Compassionate honesty. #leadlap
    In reply to @TheColon_s
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A5: We believe in forming relationships with kids outside of our own classrooms, because every child needs an army of adults to support and encourage them! #leadlap
  • KarmenLogan Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A4: balance- spending the day watching my son play baseball like I’m about to do today. I also cherish my time each day seeing kids and keeping the focus on all the good going around. #LeadLAP
  • effortfuleduktr Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    Dear @realDonaldTrump, You don’t have a learning style. That’s #FakeNews. Have a read...or have someone read it to you... https://t.co/6zkGq5cZxo #hacklearning #psychat #tlap #learnsomethingnew #leadlap #ditchbook #teacherlife #TeacherMyth #ditchhw #UKEdResChat #ukedchat
    • kasie Feb 9 @ 10:23 AM EST
      President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports
  • GSilveira007 Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    A4: I reach out to my PLN and try to focus on what is going right. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    Funny my daughter is watching this right now while I am chatting! #leadlap #WillyWonka
    In reply to @polonerd
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 11:10 AM EST
    It sure does!! #BecauseofmyPLN #LeadLAP
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • loliveira55 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5 I advocate for my ELs the same way I would for my son. Every child has the right to be given an opportunity to achieve. #LeadLAP
  • dasheffield23 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: I teach the way I want my own children to be treated. I want the teacher to love them, engage them, set high expectations for them, and stretch them:) #LeadLAP
  • PreK33 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: By showing kindness, empathy, and compassion to them each and every day! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5 I always ask this question before I make any decision "is this best for the kids" #LeadLAP
  • glawlor130 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A4c: Spend time with my family, laugh and be silly, and go for sushi...that helps 😉 #leadlap
  • oodlesofteach Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    I turned to journaling to help me stop losing sleep. It has helped so much. I use to run conversation through my head over and over. It helped no one and was driving me crazy! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @SueTonnesen
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    Exactly-- I have highly honest coaches who will tell me when I'm off, but constantly remind me that "you've traveled this tough road before and you can do it again." #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KeriSkeeters
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    It’s easy — tell them you care — tell them you are there to listen, then show them you listen! Hugs and high fives go a long way too! And thank you notes to kids all the time! #leadlap
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    Love this idea, Lori. Then I could turn those daily "wins" into notes of gratitude or recognition. Thank you! #Leadlap
    In reply to @MsVandeborne
  • TheColon_s Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: Always providing experiences I would like for my own children. Wanting and advocating for ss to have the best. I want daily magical moments. #leadlap
  • SepukaMel Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5 Students are at the core one of our cornerstones as educators at our school: help others succeed it is at the 💜 #leadlap
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    Not easier for me, either! A good reminder! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @polonerd
  • Mrjonresendez Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: Having all teachers assess student work from other classes before making instructional decisions and school wide interdisciplinary collaboration. #LeadLAP
  • emilyfranESL Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: Got our kids @wmirvinelem to appear on national television!! @TheEllenShow #leadlap
  • KristenDolen Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: We have school "families" the first 30 minutes every Monday morning. EVERY person in the building (teachers, secretaries, nurse, etc) has a school "family" comprised of 8-10 Ss across the K-5 grade levels. It's one of my fave times of the week! #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    A5: By fighting for what our kids need and by trying to look at each child and each family in a positive way so that we can see them with empathetic eyes and make their world better #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:11 AM EST
    THIS is one of my favorite posts @cultofpedagogy #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • polonerd Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    I'll admit, never used it. I've used @RecapThat which does essentially the same thing. You could also ask people to post to a @padlet wall. Great ways to model ways that Ss can submit their reflections. #LeadLAP Let me know if you need any help.
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges, @RecapThat, @padlet
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5: all of our decisions as discussions are framed around what is best for kids in our school community...showing and living this belief is what we do for kids...#LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • HillMrispo Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    #LeadLAP A4 I Call in the troops! I lean on my support group of incredible educators and kind people
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    That is a struggle for me as well! I just want them to catch on! Have to see them as a student who is struggling with a concept. Need to look at it another way! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @polonerd
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5: This sentiment helps me remember that they are ALL ours, each and every one, even those whose behaviors challenge us like crazy. Maybe especially those. I always think if they rub me the wrong way, think about how they affect their peers. #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    Glad to have you, Nili!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @nbartley6, @PrincipalGarden
  • drew_glass Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5- Greet everyone of them first thing in the morningwith a smile and good morning calling them by name! Attending their extracurricular activities then talking to them about the next day! By providing encouragement and a listening ear when they need it! #LeadLAP
  • coacheagan Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5: focus on relationships with ALL kids and use data to ensure kids are slipping through the cracks and being marginalized #leadlap
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    Use my #PLN for inspiration, motivation, idea, and guidance! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • mccall_kelley Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    I never---ever----give up on kids. Ever. Whether it's reading, math, or social skills. We can't afford to let them down. Ever. #kidsdeserveit #momsasprincipals #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    I would like the why in a bullet-point list with links bc there are so many things I want to learn about. Efficiency is key. #leadlap
    In reply to @polonerd, @PrincipalHodges
  • KeriSkeeters Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    This chat is awesome - I'm so glad I could participate this morning! Thank you for leading, #momsasprincipals and thanks to the #leadlap tribe for the conversation!
  • principalDLM Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5 I’m very lucky to work in a school that lives this. ALL kids are OUR kids. The staff bands together to support ALL the Ss at our school. They support, encourage, and show kindness to Ss, each other and the community. #leadlap
  • rokstar19 Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    So cool #LeadLAP
    In reply to @emilyfranESL, @wmirvinelem, @TheEllenShow
  • JulieGB7 Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A4b: ...also I had a PPS director yrs ago that told us you have to take any given problem & look at the K stuff 1st & the adult stuff 2nd. That helps me to bend rather than break. #LeadLAP
  • JanaCParker Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5: When my Ss say "Uggh you act like my mom!" #missionaccomplished #leadlap
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    We are glad that you made it, Nili! #leadlap
    In reply to @nbartley6, @PrincipalGarden
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 11:12 AM EST
    A5: THIS! Times 1,000! #LeadLAP RELATIONSHIPS RELATIONSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS! :)
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: I remind myself that every child has a story. If a student is misbehaving or struggling, there’s a reason behind it. Looking at a student holistically helps me meet them at the point of their need instead of just trying to fix a problem. #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A4. I have been working hard on executing courage and promoting advocacy. Sometimes telling our truth is all that needs to be done. #leadlap
  • LindaEdwardsi Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5b Students who need extra tlc also have a caring adult in place they can get support from at anytime 😀 #leadlap
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: Simply put, by asking "Is it best for kids?" If the answer isn't yes, then we need to do something different. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • MichelleBarsh Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: My teachers are masters at sharing kids daily for breaks, meet-up groups, interventions and mentoring. Their walls extend and embrace all. #Leadlap
  • ianvbz Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5 Form those relationships, be their for the Ss and pick them up when they fall. Use different teaching strategies to ensure no Ss is left behind. #leadlap
  • btalonia Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: One of things that I am learning to do is to Slow Down. I’m better for stopping and making eye contact & chatting with one individual than for rushing to answer 100 emails! Focus on the one! #LeadLAP
  • lramsbot Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    Sorry..that was supposed to be A4...I really CAN count. #leadlap
  • hawkinscentral Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5-We have tried to create a classroom where it’s not just Ts and ss, but one where we are a family. All of the building teachers help all ss and Ts. #LeadLAP #hornetsr2
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • MrsDSherfey Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: by holding Ss accountable, but guiding them through failures, and giving them chances. Telling them that they are capable and smart. Allowing them to be leaders and have a voice about things at school. Letting them know I believe in them and will be their champion. #LeadLAP
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5. I say “good morning,hello” to every student I see. Even those I don’t know yet. Hold the door! Say thank you! #leadlap
  • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5:Our staff (not just teachers) each pick 15-18 students for their success coach caseload based in relationships in place. They focus on all aspects of education with their caseload students from attendance, grades, progress, wrap around services, and home visits! #Leadlap
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: Love that I was able to lead a group of 3rd graders during our WIN block, every kid was getting what they needed and connecting w/different Ss and Ts and principals! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • cathyjacobs5 Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5: Being visible & available. Knowing students, their names & loving on them every day. Providing fresh starts, celebrating student success! Wow Me Wednesday, Student of the Month, Leader of the Pack are just a few ways we celebrate @MatzkeElemCFISD #leadlap
  • danmcdowell Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5 We need to have all kids backs. That means ensuring they get the support and instruction they need. As a district PD guy, that is my mission. Help teachers get the skills and tools they need. #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Feb 17 @ 11:13 AM EST
    A5 I believe we must truly love our Ss unconditionally. Not just say it—Do it. They deserve it. Many times they come with situations and characteristics that are out of their control. We mustn’t place conditions on them. #LEADlap Unconditional? https://t.co/cyMwuHZLX4
  • mrjefflahey Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: Trees and there leaves grow towards the light so you have to be the light for your kids. #LeadLAP
  • usd271sgs Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: All kids are our kids. Culture is key. We are piloting communities in our school with K-5 students and staff mixed. We focus on "all" and work to keep islands far away. Our student team meetings are focused on how we can all support and learn from each other. #leadlap
  • smgaillard Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    The world is a better place because of your presence and leadership in the Schoolhouse! #LeadLAP #LoveWorks #JoyfulLeaders
    In reply to @DrJStephensVP
  • SteveGasca Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: I ask my staff not to only build relationships with each student, but with their family as well. I realize this is more work, but it also creates a team who has the best interest of each student at heart. There are less "issues" when you're constantly communicating. #leadlap
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • James_Eaton81 Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    Yes! Teachers are the greatest resource in our schools! Seek and ye shall find! #LeadLAP
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: My school is composed entirely of newcomer immigrant English Language Learners. I remind my staff that we chose our students because we have a unique love for this population and a passion for making a difference in their lives. #leadlap
  • pinkpatterson Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    Q5: BE THERE...IN THE MOMENT with them! Morning dance parties...all kids and adults welcome and encouraged to bust a move! #prmsrocks #LeadLAP
  • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    Yes it’s very easy to get caught up in the negative and we often lose sight of the great things happening. #leadlap
    In reply to @j_hoffman22
  • principledlady Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    The marigold lesson is something I found through my PLN I shared it with our new teacher support providers and now over 100 new teachers are aware. The program recognizes those who are marigolds toothers. The power of Twitter #leadlap
    In reply to @JulieGB7
  • heatherT_hooks Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: I advocate for all kids. If I hear or see that a policy or decision isn’t serving all kids/a group of kids have been left behind, I fight for them. I started an after-school program for high school kids at my school because there was an unmet need. #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: We need to find each child's gift and share it with the world. If we don't look hard enough, we will miss it #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: We work together to build a culture of this... @laffoon_jon #leadlap #JoyfulLeaders
  • carlahicksbos Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A5: I try to be as present as possible in all we do as a site. In classrooms, on the yard, in RTI, in PLCs...getting to know students and building and modeling those connections and physically being part of the care and solutions. #leadlap
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    A3. I hope I am leaving a legacy of a courageous educators who boldly advocated for ALL children, for our profession, and for doing what is right. Our legacies must not be led by anything other than what is best for our children. #leadlap
  • allthisscience Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    Agree 100% #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @KeltnerJen
  • steph1jackson Feb 17 @ 11:14 AM EST
    Empowerment, goal setting, lots of hugs, growth mindset, give voice and leadership roles, know they are loved and greeted with a smile and a sincere welcome each day! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    Q6 coming in 1 minute! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • EdLog411 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: As Admin I spend the first hour of the day going into classrooms to connect with students & Teachers and build relationships. If I miss it I have Ss asking why I didn’t come to see them :) #LeadLAP
  • MrsKash101 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A4: Focusing on what I can control like my words, ideas, effort and attitude helps! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • mrbrummet379 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5-Listening, speaking with, and greeting each student in the morning! #leadlap
  • LiaGyore Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: I love them, and I leave no room for doubt. I have former students in my classroom every day. We are family, and that means forever. #leadlap
  • marcihouseman Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: I read and ensure that I am leading with evidence-based practices. I narrow my focus to those things that truly impact teaching and learning. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    THIS is such a fabulous idea, Lori! I'm starting this right away! #Leadlap #momsasprincipals
    • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:09 AM EST
      I use that approach at the end of the day as a reflection. Everyday I write down three things at the end of the day that I am thankful for or happy about. It really has helped me keep my mindset positive! #leadlap
      In reply to @j_hoffman22
  • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    Yes it’s a very positive and meaningful mentorship and guidance program. #leadlap
    In reply to @BarbaraGruener
  • teachchoice Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: Loving them- in the truest, purest form. So they can see it and feel it just by your smile. Advocating. The countless hours of work and worry It’s an effort that is 24/7 #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • LaneWalker2 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    a4 I resist pity parties by reminding myself that I am here to serve. I "deserve" much worse, and things will all end well. #LeadLAP
  • jands1118 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A4 Know your why and stay true to that. There will always be challenges, but know when to take a break, rejuvenate and dig deep. Be willing to bend, but stay planted in your belief of what is right for Ts and Ss #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    Good morning, Jay Billy. YES, we must help them unwrap their gifts, to believe in themselves, to facilitate belonging and connectedness! #leadlap
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • Shapiro_WTHS Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5. Spread a smile and words of encouragement to kids and teachers. #leadlap
  • ljsmith0414 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    #LeadLAP A5. We just implemented a book study among the teachers on Kids Deserve It. This has changed the whole culture on our campus. Thanks @awelcome @TechNinjaTodd for writing a book that has inspired us to come together.
  • courtkneeruns Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: Respect and expectation is what I hope I would instill in my kids. They can achieve greatness and they deserve to be treated with kindness. We practice this in class discussions, project feedback, etc. #leadlap #momsasprincipals
  • allthisscience Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    I agree with you completely! #LEADlap
    In reply to @TaraMartinEDU
  • nbartley6 Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5 I'm in classrooms A LOT, but my time in each is often quick, so for kids to feel my investment I do my best to stay in the moment-then they not only feel like my Ss but they see me as a T who truly cares about them. #leadlap
  • burgessdave Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    2 days left of pre-orer before the release of The #LimitlessSchool by @adamdovico & @abehege PLUS they are hosting #tlap Monday night 2/19 at 8CST to celebrate!! Solve the culture puzzle!! Foreword by @BethHouf Yes!! https://t.co/q4lfO8lKWn #LeadLAP
  • KeltnerJen Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    I need to improve at this. I know I feel like I am always running from one thing to the next, and my focus Isn't always what it needs to be. #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @btalonia
  • MrsLedford6Eng Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
    A5: We unfortunately lost one of our students to gun violence this last Nov. The school held a memorial for him and made a memory wall in the building. His mother approached me at the memorial and said " Thank you for loving my babies!" #Leadlap
  • JoanJtracy Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    You yourself are probably the best resource. Sit by them for their first tweets. I find recommending a good chat , like #leadlap, works, too.
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges
  • klubkraker Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A5 Focus on relationships..never give up on a child you never know what impact you have on them.#leadlap
  • pinkpatterson Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A5: 10x2 mentoring...one at risk kid per one staff member...10 days straight of a 2 min convo! Every kid is worth 2 min per day of our love and attention! Make time! #LeadLAP
  • timlriley Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    You’re school is awesome #LeadLAP
    In reply to @julienariman
  • ellen_oneill Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A5: Keeping the focus on the kids-all day, every day. Schools don't exist for adults to have jobs, they exist for the kids! Build those relationships #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • j_hoffman22 Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A5: Yesterday, we had #GeniusDay at my school where Ts offered classes as a way of connecting with different Ss and getting to know Ss on a more personal level. It was inspiring to hear the comments of Ss at the end of the day. #Leadlap https://t.co/hJyXE0p8xr
  • EllieTalleyEDU Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A5: Our school hosts Mustang Mondays where ALL staff meets with students they are mentoring for character development and support. We all embrace the responsibility of supporting all students in the building. @hmsmustangs1 @gmsdk12 #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    A6: This one is tough sometimes! I find going into the ECE or Kinder rooms and sitting on the floor with kids can recharge me right away! #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    Good morning my friend. Good to see you this morning. Nice to be connected to amazing people like you #LeadLAP
    • BarbaraGruener Feb 17 @ 11:15 AM EST
      Good morning, Jay Billy. YES, we must help them unwrap their gifts, to believe in themselves, to facilitate belonging and connectedness! #leadlap
      In reply to @JayBilly2
  • MenaHillEdu Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    I have to dash! 💛 all of your FACES #LeadLAP crew!!!!!!
  • julienariman Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    Right on. As educators, we over start out by saying we'll have "unconditional love" for students but challenges can easily get us off-track. But kids so deserve it and need use to allow them to work through being a kid. #leadlap
    In reply to @TaraMartinEDU
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    Q6 again... #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:16 AM EST
    Imagine our world if we all shared this mindset: #AllKidsAreOurKids #leadlap #momsasprincipals
    In reply to @latoyadixon5
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6:Connecting with teachers, students, and other leaders warms my soul on difficult days! Also, thinking about my own daughters and striving to do what is best for ALL KIDS....They are OUR future! #leadlap #momsasprincipals #AllKidsAreOurKids
  • MajaliseTolan Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6: Classrooms are the rays of sunshine! #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • lramsbot Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    LOL... I was going to go with "it's early on the west coast" but it's 8:15 now...I'm not sure that will hold. #leadlap
    In reply to @rokstar19
  • MsVandeborne Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    I have a specific process and procedures we use from leadership team huddle to student engagement, to success coaches grade level team weekly huddles. It really makes a difference and we all feel supported as staff too! #leadlap
    In reply to @PrincipalTallen
  • SueTonnesen Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A5: #LeadLAP we Celebrate our students... #momsasprincipals
  • O_L_Mayers Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A5 Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate with kids....celebrate small wins and big victories...#BetheModel that lives every Ss needs a cheerleader...Ts will celebrate Ss if leaders model that expectation #LEADLap
  • APKRentz Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6: That's easy - getting into classrooms and learning with the kids! Their faces lighting up makes my heart full. Also talking to my niece and nephew - my loves! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    Time for Q6! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalHodges Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    I’ve used this now for 8 years! It works! #leadLap
    In reply to @pinkpatterson
  • MrDelliSanti Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6) Spend time with kids and in the classrooms of your best teachers. #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    Thanks for joining us, Mena. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MenaHillEdu
  • PrincipalTallen Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    Thanks for chatting with us this morning! #Leadlap
    In reply to @MenaHillEdu
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A5: #LeadLAP #momsasprincipals
  • tsschmidty Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6: By getting out of my office...a lot... Can't see the sunshine when you are indoors! #LeadLAP
  • loliveira55 Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A6 By having conversations with the students. What comes out of their mouths is gold. #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Feb 17 @ 11:17 AM EST
    A4. I’ve written a book to respond to things getting tough! It’s out today on Amazon and Kindle on Monday! Burned Out, Beaten Up, Fighting Back: A Call To Action For America’s Public Educators: https://t.co/BodQc4FTqt… and on Kindle Monday February 19. #call2action4ed #leadlap