This Is Us

from March 17th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Today, as we wrap up the accreditation site visit, we’ll be given a list of several things we must improve before our next accreditation visit. While it might be uncomfortable to hear some of those suggestions as they will be a reflection on my leadership, I know that’s part of the process and I’m ready […]

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16 Minutes & Some Change

from March 3rd, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I’m going to change things up this week, and ask you to watch this 16-minute video. Usually, I share similar videos in the “Resources Worth Checking Out” section of our Friday Thoughts, but I don’t want this one to get buried and overlooked. Sometime in the next few days, please watch this and be encouraged […]

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Ready for the Season

from March 1st, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

The typical school year certainly ebbs and flows. We’ll have times where we’re energized and excited about all of the possibilities (i.e., the beginning of school), and then we’ll have times where we feel overwhelmed with the busyness around us. Depending on our responsibilities and commitments, those times can vary, but inevitably all of us […]

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Fun Professional Development

from February 17th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I’m excited about today. Ever since the first faculty inservice meeting I ever attended, I have always looked forward to inservice, and today is no different. I enjoy stepping back from the daily routine, reconnecting with colleagues, and learning ways to improve. I hope you’re looking forward to today’s time together as well. In addition […]

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Make The Jump

from February 10th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

How far is the distance between What we are and What we want to be? Whether we’re talking about a particular lesson, a project, a unit, a class, a faculty, a school, a community— any entity, really— I’m guessing the jump isn’t as far as we think. To make the jump, two things are needed: […]

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My Why

from February 3rd, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

God’s timing is indeed good. This has been a challenging week for me, and yesterday I had the privilege of eating lunch with one of our seniors who is interested in pursuing a career in education. She had asked me a couple of weeks ago if she could interview me, so we met yesterday. I […]

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The Baseball Hall of Fame

from January 20th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

On Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) published the list of players who have been chosen for the 2017 Hall of Fame induction class. Each year the voting causes controversy and discussion in the sports world, especially regarding players involved in the steroid era of baseball. Should Barry Bonds be voted in? What about […]

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A Dream for our Country

from January 13th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

The Friday before Martin Luther King Day last year, I shared with you a great resource for listening to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As I think about next week, it’s a big week for our country— we’ll honor Dr. King again on Monday, and then on Friday, we will have the inauguration […]

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Living On Mission

from January 9th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

My friend Grant, his wife, and three kids live in Mazatlán, Mexico, serving as missionaries through an organization called Back2Back Ministries. The main focus of their work is partnering with three local children’s homes and providing the spiritual, physical, educational, emotional, and social support the children so desperately need. Grant and his family have been […]

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The Teacher Report Card

from December 9th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

In an episode of the Better Leaders, Better Schools podcast titled “Learning by Doing,” Daniel Bauer interviews Don Wettrick, the Innovation Coordinator at Noblesville High School (which is just outside of Indianapolis, IN). For the past few years, Don has been teaching a nontraditional class modeled after Google’s Genius Hour and has written a book […]

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