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Lead. Learn. Grow.

Leslie Kinard, Ed.S.

Be the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)

Can you imagine what your school experience would have been like if all of the educators you had were the GOAT?  

What It Takes to Be a Great Educator in One Word

What It Takes to be a Great Educator in One Word Heart It takes heart to lead. Whether you lead in your classroom or in the building, it takes heart to make the right decision -- that always seek to... Continue Reading →

Finish Strong Tip #1: Bell to Bell Instruction

“Finish Strong” Tip #1: Teach from Bell to Bell Since I was a kid, I always loved the quizzes you could find in most popular magazines. Even now, one of my guilty pleasures is taking those silly online questionnaires. In thinking... Continue Reading →

Finish Strong: An After Spring Break Message for Educators

As we leave spring break behind, what message do you want to send to your community of learners? How will you prepare for the final few months of school? How you end is just as important as how you begin!... Continue Reading →

Keep Grinding: Encouragement from one leader to another

When life hits hardest, what do you do? When conflicts are mounting, what stance do you take? When you have given all you have and more is required, where do you find the strength? When you are tired and disillusioned,... Continue Reading →

Take Your One Word 2018 to the Next Level – With 1 Easy Step

Don’t Let It Fizzle Last year, I read the amazing book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page. It was a wonderful read, but most importantly it gave me a new way of... Continue Reading →

My New Principal First Quarter Report Card – A reflection on the first nine weeks

We use grades as a form of feedback. An “A” represents mastery of a concept or an idea – superior work in an area. At the other end of the spectrum, an “F” represents a lack of mastery or poor... Continue Reading →

I Hope You’re Uncomfortable #IMMOOC

Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, was known for his ideas on change. One of his most famous quotes is “Everything changes and nothing stands still.” From this idea, he is attributed with the widely shared quote “Change is the only constant in... Continue Reading →

3 Key Ways Dynamic Educators Connect Their Lessons

Here are 3 key ways dynamic educators connect their lessons that will change your practice. Connect your lesson to the standard. Know what you want.  Knowing what you want to get from students and how to get them to demonstrate... Continue Reading →

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