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Leslie Kinard, Ed.S.

Embracing the Value of Less

I set a lot of personal goals for 2021 in my effort to #Thrive. Today, I stopped and evaluated my progress. Sometimes in our attempt to be our best, we take on too much. At that point, what we intended... Continue Reading →

Take the First Step

Dr. Martin Luther King said this famous quote, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”  Taking the first step can be intimidating; it can be scary; it can... Continue Reading →

Self-Care Saturday

Today is the first Saturday of the New Year. I'm determined to live with more purpose and intentionality. Self-care Saturday is part of that. You can't pour from an empty cup, and being deliberate about caring for yourself is essential... Continue Reading →

#THRIVE 2021

2020 was filled with “unprecedented” events. There were times where it seemed like so much was out of my control. In 2021, I refuse to accept that. I have a “sphere of influence.” Even if things are unpredictable around me,... Continue Reading →

Becoming Better: Habit Stacking

Become Better: Habit Stacking I am so psyched about my #oneword2020. I’ve shared it with my family. I’ve shared it with my team at school and I’ve shared it with all of you. I feel really great about where my... Continue Reading →

One Word 2020 – Consistency

Twitter has changed my life in so many ways. I’ve learned so much from my PLN and I am grateful for Dr. Carl Lashley (@carlitude), who made our entire graduate class sign up. A few years ago, I learned about... Continue Reading →

We Cannot Answer Violence with Violence

Yesterday, my 15 year old son and I left home for one of my favorite! It was an innocent late afternoon shopping adventure and I was beyond excited to get to spend some one-on-one “mom time” with my teenager.... Continue Reading →

Leading Beyond Management – Principals and Assistant Principals Take on Instructional Leadership

The roles of both the principal and assistant principal are constantly evolving. We are miles away from the idea that great leaders are one dimensional school managers. Famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and... Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Move Beyond Fear and Get Stuff Done

As we prepare to close out 2019, I find myself reflecting on the year. I love the quote, “Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” This quote resonates with me. I... Continue Reading →

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