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whether you're a student, a teacher, or administrator, you want new & creative resources to improve the study + practice of the age-old field of educational leadership. you, my friend, have come to the right place. are you ready to learn new skills, embrace technology in new ways you never thought possible, and think creatively? good. let's get started.

actionable research & how it can improve the study and practice of educational administration + leadership

Early on in grad school, I had one important realization about my future as an educational administration researcher. Many of the foundational articles and books I read on this subject more or less pointed to one major issue, which is that the field of educational administration and leadership is over-saturated with theoretical debate and intellectual critique. Meanwhile, there are so few concrete examples of how these theories might be applied to administrative practice...[Click to read full article]

How to Start Your Own mini administration library in 3 simple steps

The space you claim for your mini administration library can be small - and I mean small! When I first started the Adminibrary, I had my own small bookshelf in my office, but when my office moved to a new building and I began to work in an open workstation, I used a small shelf for my mini library instead. Yet, as small as it is (about 1 cubic foot of space), it comfortably fits about 20 decent-sized admin + leadership books. Depending on the size of books you have, you might fit a few more or a few less, but this doesn't have to a huge space....[Click to read full article]

let's start an administrator book club!

Who doesn't love a good book club? Besides getting together with friends and having a couple glasses of wine, it's so much fun to discuss a book you spent hours reading with other people who have invested own their time into reading and understanding the same book. Book clubs are great for so many reasons - they make you try books you may not have otherwise picked up, give you insights you would not otherwise have had, and to reflect on your own experiences. I've been a member in several book clubs over the years... [Click to read full article]