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October 10, 2011

Our Decisions & Actions Are Symbolic

(Cross-posted at Change Agency) As someone with a background in the visual arts and art education, I know that there are so many important reasons for keeping the arts in our schools. Today I came across a list created and posted by the National Art Education Association that I think addresses the...

September 20, 2011

Does Innovation Have a DNA? Education Applications...

(Cross-posted at Change Agency) I stumbled across this blog post today: Does Innovation Have a DNA? -- and I immediately started to connect this with the work that we do in education... In the post, the author explains that prominent and influential business innovators (Jeff Bezos form Amazon, St...

June 17, 2011

Horizon Report 2011 K-12 Edition - Summer Reading

The New Media Consortium has released The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition (link is .pdf download) which "examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression with the environment of pre-college education." Each edition of this (an...

December 17, 2010

Ignite the Light

This came across my Facebook news feed today and I just have to share it here.  Broadcasting students at Magnolia High School near Houston, Texas put together this amazing video to Katy Perry's song "Firework."  The song itself is a very positive and uplifting song -- and I love how these students...

November 18, 2010

How Parent-Friendly is Your Campus?

How parent-friendly is your campus? When I worked on a campus as a teacher and later as an administrator, I was always aware of the fact that each campus usually had some parking area reserved for parents and/or visitors to the campus. Faculty and staff were not allowed to park there. I helped pl...

September 29, 2010

Leadership for Arts Education

October is National Arts & Humanities Month. With the push in our country for greater accountability (i.e. higher test scores) and an emphasis on STEM education, too frequently the arts get short shrift. At best, they suffer from reduced funding for supplies and materials. At worst, they are cut ...

August 18, 2009

What Did You Read Over Summer Vacation?

This always seems to be one of those "beginning of the year ice-breaker" questions used in many faculty & staff meetings. In fact, a version of it was asked today in a back-to-school meeting that I attended with a group of teacher leaders. So I am curious -- what DID YOU read over this past su...

August 02, 2009

Leadership That Works

I checked the Houston Chronicle website this morning as I always do on Sundays and I was pleasantly surprised to see an article/interview with one of our local high school principals who achieved great success with her school this year. Jane Crump, the principal highlighted in this article, is also...

April 21, 2009

Other Duties As Assigned

I've been hearing that phrase quite a bit lately -- especially from people who aren't happy with some of the “other duties” they've been assigned because the other duties are not aligned with 1) their job, 2) their skills set, or because the other duties take so much time away from their core jo...

March 19, 2009

DIY Observations With Google Forms

When I received an HP iPAQ several years ago, I immediately began wondering how I might be able to use it to improve classroom observations. I was in a school improvement leadership position at the time that required me to collect data from classroom observations, and this was a difficult process w...

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