The best leaders know how to maintain relationships and respect from both sides of an issue even when strong differences exist.
Maybe now is the time to scour school buildings for signs, symbols, and rituals that unwittingly teach lessons unintended.
This summer can be a time not only of renewal for leaders but a time to learn more and allow a new vision for the future to emerge.
Now is an opportunity to reach out to the parents who have become actively engaged in a movement to protect children from the stresses of over testing, and capture their interest and energy.
It is the assessments and how they are used that is the heart of the issue.
Teachers and leaders: Racism detected in schools can more easily be eradicated than that which seeps, undetected, into and through the growing years of a child.
No matter the intention of the assessment of performance, whether of student, teacher, or principal, the result is an evaluation that is most often received as a judgment of and a stopping place for the evaluated.
When schools and classrooms are structured to develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, learning will be less dependent on what skills are lacking and more dependent on what skills are present.
Teachers need great principals who need great superintendents in order to be successful with our students.
With increased visibility, school and district leaders are increasingly seeking support to initiate "STEM" programs or "STEM" schools.