Lead. Learn. Grow.

Leslie Kinard, Ed.S.



Who Will Follow You to the Challenge?

“Who will follow you to the challenge?” I was recently asked this question and it rocked me to my core. There isn’t anything easy about being an educator. Each day we are faced with new challenges and small feats to... Continue Reading →

Comfort Zone v. Learning Zone – 2 Simple Things Every Leader Should Consider

I was given the book Monday Morning Leadership by David Cottrell. It was a small and unassuming book which is why I never expected it to impact my leadership and perspective in such a profound way. I finished it in... Continue Reading →

Could Super Mario Brothers Have Made a Better Leader? An 80’s Kid Reflection

If you were born in the 80’s, no doubt you sat for hours glued to your television playing Super Mario Brothers on your Nintendo Entertainment System.  My sisters, cousins, and I agonized for hours in order to master each level.... Continue Reading →

How Important is Feedback?

Originally, my personal goal this year was just to get in more classrooms. As an assistant principal at a highly impacted high school, that's no small feat! By the day, the hour, and minute events or situations arise that make... Continue Reading →

Read. Learn. Reflect. – The Energy Bus

Think on This: 2 Ideas from EdCampLdr NC

Friday, July 10th, I attended the first EdCampLdr Unconference in my home state of North Carolina. It was a great opportunity for leaders to discuss current topics in education that are essential to the work we do. There were so... Continue Reading →

Professional Learning Communities: 3 Signs that Your PLC May be Broken?

Having been a member of several wonderful PLCs, I have never understood why some educators are so against professional learning communities. I do understand that all PLCs are not created equal. Understanding why PLCs are important and how they can work... Continue Reading →

3 Big Ideas from ASCD 2015

I had the opportunity to attend my  first ASCD conference this year and to say the least, I was blown away.  There were so many dynamic sessions to choose from that I honestly had difficulty selecting just one session each... Continue Reading →

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

This very simple  directive started me down a train of thought  that maybe many of you will find interesting and possibly even meaningful.  I began thinking about how to create a personal vision?  I've been given a vision for my... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: