If the conversation about longer school days and years is going to continue (and we think it is) there are a few things we need to do before it becomes another external solution even if imposed with the best of intentions.
In order to operate in an environment where the primary work engaged in involves cognitive tasks, the brain has to turn off its empathetic area! That is one big unintended consequence.
Let us find that space where we come together with hope and purpose and care about our children and allow for our own Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai to rise from our crowd of concerned advocates.
Attention must be paid how the leader's heart is developed and shared, the ways in which words are used to communicate and inspire or heal, and the way people feel about the authenticity of the person.
While there are district leaders who have embraced technology, many find still technology foreign, intimidating or overwhelming.
Yes, there is cause to eliminate bullying to support academic success but there is a fundamental societal reason to teach children how to interact responsibly with one another.
Teachers were ready in 1991 to infuse technology into the teaching and learning environment. We didn't seize the moment then. We must now.
Embracing e-Learning as a new teaching technology requires innovative teachers and leaders willing to step into, work, and observe in this new medium.
Why we do something is key to understanding what it is we are doing. At the edges of interdisciplinary trans-disciplinary work, answers can be found.
Authentic learning opportunities and authentic assessments have been on the educational landscape for years. Yet there remains a need for shared understanding of what that means.