We observe a growing practice of dismissing civility and respectful dialogue under the label of 'political correctness'. We disagree. Our society will be well served and well lead if we carry a concern about the 'other'.


What is the truth now has a new meaning and, once we learn how to identify the truth ourselves, we need to teach the children.


While asking teachers to grow and develop their technology skills, shift their practice, change their schedules, connect differently with students and parents and other teachers, leaders cannot stand on the sidelines as cheerleaders.


We need more Princess Leia's. The views one holds about the role of women in society is a deeply held personal belief that is played out daily in our actions. In schools, those actions are watched carefully, are given meaning and influence students.


School leaders have the obligation to focus professional development to support the ideas and concepts essential in these subjects and their relationships to each other.


Consultant and leadership coach Thomas Van Soelen, Ph.D is our guest blogger who writes the assumptions schools often make about teachers new to the profession can be quite destructive, particularly when planning teacher induction programs.


Professional development? Only few can boast they have found the 'secret sauce' and improved teaching and learning and achievement. But many are on their way.


We wish you a week and a holiday filled with joy and generosity. And we affirm your work and your open hearts. Children need adults in their lives who will see them and who will keep them safe as they grow. It is the most precious gift.


Would parents and children be more engaged if choice were everywhere? Would teachers and leaders function differently if we weren't a monopoly? Is it the lack of choice that breeds resentments and arrogance?


Whether it is TV news or online, most are getting news from a screen and the younger the population the more the source is online.


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