When the environment supports risk taking and celebrates even the small successes and views failure as an opportunity for more learning, the environment becomes rich and dynamic with teaching and learning.
Guest blogger Jennifer Cleary writes, "Burnout is a real issue, for both first-year teachers and thirty-year veterans. Schools are losing valuable educators, and student achievement is suffering."
There should be STEM centric revision of all teaching from kindergarten through high school.
Being a courageous leader begins by taking steps within and questioning beliefs and worldviews and discovering what is to remain and what needs to be changed.
There is an America that has been hidden for a long time that will enter schools stealthily. We must be alert and protect the values we embrace in our work with children.
If the positional leaders lack the desire to lead change, there is always another principal, an assistant superintendent, a teacher leader, parents, and other voices somewhere in the organization that will inevitably gather and be heard.
Sometimes, we feel like boundary managers. It is part of our responsibility to create a "safe zone", to ensure schools can be set apart from the craziness of the swirling outside world.
How will we maintain civility in our schools without acknowledging civility is being challenged daily by Trump's speeches and tweets from the holder of the highest office in the land?
If we are maintaining algebra courses for the sake of tradition or if algebra is the foundation of deductive reasoning and problem solving is the debate school leaders can engage now.
We need educators who are conversant in the reality of the workplace. We need counselors and teachers who open doors rather than limit options, we need business partners and we need a curriculum which includes workplace skills with an equal value to academic ones.