Publications

A message from Tom: As playwright Edward Albee said, “I write to know what I am thinking.” When I write, my thinking is clearer and my decisions are better because I’ve had to conceptualize how to present my thoughts to others. My hope is that my articles, columns, and books have helped other educators grow and learn too.

Below you will find some of Tom’s most relevant and popular publications.

In an era of rancor and polarization, let's foster empathy in our schools.

Building Empathy in Schools

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

Is it time for a reality check on how well you communicate?

Maybe Your Mirror Is Fuzzy

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

It takes thick skin, clarity, compliments, and grit.

Four Tips on Leading Adults

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

The little things may be the most important.

What Would a Visitor to Your School See?

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

Guidance and transparency lead to meaningful meetings.

Group Effectiveness Is No Accident

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

What can we learn from how leaders work in extreme circumstances?

Leadership Lessons from the South Pole

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

Faculty meetings should be learning meetings!

What If Faculty Meetings Were Voluntary?

Published in Education Week, Commentary

How well we prioritize is a key to success.

What's Important?

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

Diversity is a key aspect of health and safety.

Why You Need A Diversity Champion

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

There are many ways to be smart.

Multiple Ways to Learn

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

What’s the smile quotient?

Joyful Learning

Published in St. Louis Magazine

How we responded to a tragedy.

Responding to Ferguson

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

Do you see that problem?

Curing the Healthy

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

It’s not enough to provide good service

Service versus hospitality

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

What’s the message from the halls and walls?

The Schoolhouse at Midnight

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

We will all hit the wall!

Good Failures

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

What’s important?

Data That Count

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

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