The leaders' role is first and foremost to be keenly aware not only of the definition of bullying, but of how to recognize it in the interactions between and among adults and children.
Acting Secretary, John King, Jr. is not one to shrink from controversy. It is unlikely that will be the definition of "acting" for him.
Let's commit to making the next generation of leaders, teachers, and citizens open to the push and pull, to paradox, and to challenge without ever giving up on wondering what it is that is just out of our sight when we reach certainty.
As a profession, we have searched for strategies and programs and solutions that would change our work. Maybe it is simply joy we need.
Dismissing technology and its use because of discomfort or unfamiliarity or uninformed judgments has no place in an educational environment.
Without leaders understanding and holding the space for new methodologies to be learned, graduates are less likely to possess the attributes that we all agree students need while they are still with us and for life.
The treatment of Ahmed Mohamed should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to step back, just a moment, to reflect on our fears and our rushes to judgment.
We want to talk about the emotional muscle that helps children and adults maneuver around their feelings as winners or losers.
Let's not call it STEM. Let's call it 21st century education.
If we are truly to be devoted to what is good for children and if it is our role to maximize their ability to learn and to support their physical and mental health, this has to become a seriously faced issue.