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July 28, 2009

Change

Of all the workshops I have attended and all the workshops I have presented on change management, the truth is it does not really matter until it matters. In other words, until you live through significant change in your career, family or personal life you may not really understand change. A signif...

June 28, 2009

Teacher Evaluations

I caught Secretary Duncan on NPR this week talking about teacher evaluations and other key issues surrounding education reform. Secretary Duncan talked about several studies that were recently featured in Education Week. The studies major findings that teacher evaluations reflect a Lake Wobegon effe...

April 28, 2009

Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps

From the McKinsey Consulting Company comes another report (last month I wrote about What World's Best School Systems Do). This report is entitled "The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools." This report utilizes the Program for International Student Assessment results. This tes...

March 30, 2009

Insight from Machiavelli

A great passage from The Prince by Machiavelli reminded me how difficult our work is with the current economy and demands for improved performance of public school systems. "It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain i...

February 25, 2009

Teacher Quality

If you have not read the McKinsey report - How the world's best performing school systems come out on top - you need to download and read it!!!! What you will find is a lot of influence from Michael Fullan and other international education thinkers. Bottom line - school outcomes will be no better t...

January 28, 2009

Igniting a Passion for Learning

As a recipient of the 2008 Malcomb Baldrige National Quality Award, there comes a responsibility to be an ambassador for the Baldrige criteria. This means a number of speaking engagements and quite a bit of time in the air and waiting on flights. During this time, I like to read and keep up with edu...

December 26, 2008

Book Recommendation

I would like to recommend a book for administrators, teachers, students, and parents to read. Stephen Covey has recently published The Leader in Me. This book describes the work of schools across the world to implement the leadership skills that originated from Covey's well known book Seven Habits o...

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