1. All of us affiliated with Connected Principals mourn the loss of Dawn Hochsprung, Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  We will never forget Dawn and the fact that she gave everything for her students.  We are grateful to be able to consider her a colleague.
  2. As many struggle to come with the terms of the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, it is easy to struggle.  Through the Connected Principals site, we have met some truly great administrators and it is tough to see our colleague, Dawn Hochsprung, pass away along with so many others in this event.  Any principal will tell you that the amount of time that you put into a school, it often becomes a second home.  The best principals treat those in that home as family, and through reading Dawn's tweets, you could see that evidenced.
  3. We would love to share some of the amazing things Dawn shared on her Twitter feed that I hope many school administrators will learn from.  We can still learn from her through the words left on her Twitter account and it is so apparent that Dawn believed in the power that strong relationships bring to a school community.  Here are some really powerful tweets that she has shared with the world about her and Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  4. Dawn was welcoming to her students and school community; something that every principal should aim for.
  5. Welcoming our Kinders this morning... 74 new opportunities to inspire lifelong learning!
  6. Special welcome this morning to all families new to Sandy Hook, and welcome back to all students coming in to Meet The Teachers!
  7. Dawn showed her support of her teachers, both new and experienced.  She publicly recognized their greatness.
  8. Four gifted young professionals excitedly discussing their craft in the parking lot before convocation... Best way to start the school year!
  9. In a fourth grade classroom right now... Completely blown away by the caliber of instruction and by students' deep thinking!
  10. NHS student and Sandy Hook alum built awesome benches for his former elementary school playground... Great work by a great kid!
  11. Beautiful writing in the beautified courtyard... Way to go, Sandy Hook! http://pic.twitter.com/nCETJZCn
    Beautiful writing in the beautified courtyard... Way to go, Sandy Hook! pic.twitter.com/nCETJZCnom/nCETJZCn
  12. Dawn knew that it was extremely important to bring parents into the learning of their children.  They are the first teacher and they should be a part of their child's learning.
  13. Daily homework for parents: model learning, help kids work through frustrating problems, engage in meaningful conversation, READ TOGETHER!
  14. Dawn cared about the safety and well-being of her school community.
  15. Thanks to Sandy Hook families for your quick response to our early closing... I hope you are all safe, home, and warm!
  16. Dawn appreciated her entire community and taught her school to show their appreciation of them.
  17. To all of our Veterans... Thank you. We look forward to honoring you in style at our annual #SandyHook breakfast!
  18. #Sandy Hook says THANK YOU! at our annual Veterans' Day breakfast. http://pic.twitter.com/hlHWVl3Q
    #Sandy Hook says THANK YOU! at our annual Veterans' Day breakfast. pic.twitter.com/hlHWVl3Qom/hlHWVl3Q
  19. Dawn was an instructional leader.  Working with her teachers to improve their learning to improve the learning of her students.
  20. 30 Sandy Hook teachers gather for an early morning Appy Hour... sharing the best iPad apps for our classrooms! http://pic.twitter.com/4PvvXpUY
    30 Sandy Hook teachers gather for an early morning Appy Hour... sharing the best iPad apps for our classrooms! pic.twitter.com/4PvvXpUYom/4PvvXpUY
  21. One of her "retweets" that she shared through her twitter account, says something that sticks out to many.
  22. "Success isn't just what you accomplish, in your life, it's about what you inspired others to do."
  23. Great #quote: "Success isn't just about what you accomplish. It's about what you inspire others to do." 
 http://twitpic.com/bdify0 via @TwitPic
    Great #quote: "Success isn't just about what you accomplish. It's about what you inspire others to do."  http://twitpic.com/bdify0 dify0 TwitPicitPic
  24. As in her life, she will continue to inspire others to be better for kids.
  25. Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people who have been impacted by this unimaginable tragedy. 
  26. We will continue to learn from your example. Rest in peace.