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Mike is a principal of a pre-K–8 school. He is a great principal and also really great at using technology in unique ways. You can follow him on Twitter (@Techedvance). Spending a few minutes on his web site will teach you a ton about how to use technology to improve your professional practice.

  • How Mike got into administration.
  • The difference between public schools and private (religious) schools. Doing more with less. Relying on fundraising.
  • We need to strike the right balance between instructional leadership and all the other stuff we are tempted to spend our time on.
  • The most important aspects of Mike’s leadership.
  • There is a little more flexibility in how things are done in the private school, and they are able to meet the needs differently.
  • How to challenge teachers to do better.
  • Hiring makes a huge difference.
  • We give teachers tools and an opportunity to learn on their own, share with their colleagues and grow.
  • What kind of people Mike is looking for as teachers: What is it about this age group of students that makes you want to teach them?
  • Systematic Podcast appearance
  • Mac Power Users Podcast appearance.
  • Why Mike likes to share what he is learning and doing.
  • The podcasts Mike listens to: 5by5 network (MPU, Back to Work, Systematic). Out of School, 99 percent invisible, Workflowing.
  • Turning off the red badge for email notifications. Blog Post
  • Classroom Walkthroughs with Drafts
  • The Drafts app.
  • Dealing with things that come up through the day (do it now, or save for later).
  • Mac Power Users Podcast appearance.
  • Plain text notes held together by Dropbox is Byword, NVAlt, Fantasical all make him a better leader.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Find one way that you can use technology to do your job. If you carry around a smart phone and you can’t answer the question, how does my phone help me be a better principal, make it a goal to find out how it does help you do your job.
  • What keeps him inspired: The things in my office that remind me of my faith and my daughter starting in preschool at my school.


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