Our Voice Matters

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By: Jamon H. Flowers, M.Ed., SURN We are in a day and time where public education is under constant scrutiny which makes advocating for schools, teachers and students a top priority for administrators. As a principal, I never imagined constant communication with local, state and federal representatives would be a priority to ensure a high-quality […]

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Learning Leaders: Find Your Joy in Leisure Reading

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By Jamon H. Flowers, M.Ed., SURN The famous Charles Dickens quote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” refers to both the French Revolution and my first year as a Ph.D. student at William and Mary. This year provided me with meaningful personal and professional growth that I never anticipated. […]

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Jennifer Abrams Helps Us Use Our Best Voice

Jennifer Abrams is a communications and education consultant and author.

By SURN Staff SURN leaders often share the need to continue developing human resources skills and competencies as they strive to cultivate collaborative cultures. This means communicating well, crossing generational divides, and leveraging conflict. We are pleased that Jennifer Abrams, international communications and educational consultant, will join us at the 22nd annual Leadership Conference this […]

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Igniting the Joy of Leisure Reading

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Guest post by Blanqui Valledor, York County School Division In my dream classroom, my students would instantly gravitate to and acknowledge the brilliance of the piece of literature I assigned them to read. We would have in-depth discussions, and they would beg for more insightful pieces of text.  That was the dream, not the reality. […]

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Lisa Nelson – Seeing Big Ideas in Color

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By Sarah P. Hylton, M.Ed.   “It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.”                 Lisa Nelson, founder and CEO of See in Colors, claims this quote from Henry David Thoreau as her favorite, so it’s no surprise that her work as a visual strategist embodies this message. A graphic recorder, Nelson […]

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Communication: The beginning and ending of leadership

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by Jamon H. Flowers, M. Ed., SURN As a principal, what is your vision? Do staff members know what needs to be done to reach that goal? Do they know how you expect them to reach that goal? More importantly, do they know why this goal is vital to meet? And once they understand the […]

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What are you letting go of in 2018?

Guest post by Jane Core Yatzek As we welcomed in a New Year, many of us participated in the age-old tradition of creating New Year’s Resolutions.  I have set goals over the years for more sleep, more exercise, more time with those I love, more professional reading, more of any number of things.  But as […]

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The 5 Cs across the Disciplines

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By Sarah P. Hylton, SURN The Profile of a Virginia Graduate is a framework aimed at preparing our students to be life ready citizens. Positioned as part of the VDOE’s Standards of Accreditation, the Profile is the response to an essential question: “What knowledge, skills, and dispositions should a Virginia high school graduate possess?” Focused […]

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Thankful for Partnerships

Administrators in the SURN Principal Academy help shape an educational partnership that spans the state.

At this time of year, many of us engage in reflection on the many things for which we are grateful. At SURN we pause a moment this week to acknowledge our gratitude for the many meaningful partnerships that breathe life and purpose into the School Leadership Institute. Our connection with William & Mary School of […]

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EPPL Goes to Washington

EPPL students take part in a policy field trip to Washington, D.C.

By Sarah P. Hylton, SURN At SURN’s Board Meeting on Wednesday, Dr. Mike DiPaola promoted William and Mary’s EPPL cohort and its goal to develop capable school leaders. The EPPL acronym stands for educational policy, planning, and leadership, and students in the program take courses in each of these areas, ultimately synthesizing those classroom experiences […]

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