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Leslie Kinard, Ed.S.

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Building Relationships

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 pastimes...shopping! 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 →

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?  

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 →

The Struggle is Real: How do you comeback in order to fail forward?

One of my favorite quotes is “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” It reminds me that every situation is an opportunity to grow - even in failure. This week has been an interesting week of reflection and questioning. I was... Continue Reading →

Preparation: Moving Beyond Lesson Planning

I had the amazing opportunity to share with over 100 educators last weekend at EdCampWake. It was a fantastic day of teaching, learning, and growing! Everything from the welcome to the closing were nothing short of terrific. Brenndan Fetters (@Brenndanfetters)... Continue Reading →

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