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November 18, 2011

Why? Why not? What if? Questioning Our Way to a Better Tomorrow

by Dave Dimmett @ddimmett “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”Albert Einstein “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his ...

November 02, 2011

Urgent Learning Revolution: What Did I Do Today?

by Dave Dimmett @ddimmett How much change has really taken place in American schools in recent years? For most of my career in education, I’ve read about and experienced first hand school reform. But, what has been reformed and how has the student experience in school changed for the better? Th...

October 14, 2011

Lean Transformation: From Danger to Opportunity

Lean and Six Sigma are powerful improvement tools that have great potential for K-12 settings. In this time of economic crisis and limited resources, it is essential that educators eliminate waste and empower all stakeholders.

August 25, 2009

Teacher Quality and the Future of our Profession

Research on teacher quality increasingly shows a correlation between the caliber of classroom teaching and student achievement. The issue of teacher quality is one of the most important topics in K-12 education today. States have long required some form or level of standardized certification to gai...

June 25, 2009

Learning Leadership Cadre: Indiana district partners with Brown University

During the last several months, our school district has worked to identify areas of strategic importance to dramatically improving life opportunities for our students. Our focus is squarely on student achievement, and we are approaching this focus through four key areas: Leadership, Engagement, Data...

March 25, 2009

"Simon says, 'Touch the sky'"

"Simon says, 'Touch the sky'" Meg Dimmett (age 3) Read a little about the current state of education and you will likely encounter explicit statements decrying the state of our schools and our emphasis on standardized measures of student achievement. I, too, struggle frequently with traditional edu...

February 25, 2009

Innovative School Models and Resolve Revisited

in·no·va·tion (noun) 1: the introduction of something new; 2: a new idea, method, or device Merriam-Webster online The term innovation is becoming more and more prevalent in education-related discussions. Schools from coast to coast are adopting "innovative" models to address educational needs i...

January 25, 2009

Customer Service and School Improvement

"The school leaders who embrace, design and implement customer-driven systems will be the ones who thrive in the future." Ellan Toothman, 2004 Current improvement efforts in schools frequently look to business models of successful change and leadership. Customer service is one aspect of the busine...

December 25, 2008

Resolve for the New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As we pause to celebrate with family and friends, this time of year naturally lends itself to the reflection necessary for a promising 2009. My post this month contains 5 professional resolutions for the new year. I encourage you to pick one and make it your own. ...

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