What we need are ideas—crazy, new ones that might never have worked before; but now we are 21st-century leaders in a 21st-century world. We need to push policymakers into their own unfamiliar places.

If we are objecting to the common core and to the standardized tests, are we preparing the alternative?

Our value about the use of time, expecting almost all of it as scheduled as teaching time, runs counter to the current need to change the way teaching and learning take place.

Mending a broken system or incrementally improving an archaic one is not inspirational work. Both demand staying with the original, making little space for creativity. It is innovation that excites workplaces.

Leaders with passion and purpose want others to listen and they want to be a galvanizing force creating forward momentum for schools and communities.

A national value for a highly educated population to preserve our democracy and a highly prepared workforce to sustain our national economy gives the federal government an interest in our work that cannot be denied.

STEM, now a catchword, when viewed as a reason for shifting the way teaching and learning takes place, includes the arts, the humanities, and yes, physical education.

Bias cannot be outlawed. Laws can change our behaviors, not our beliefs. Beliefs change by choice and usually over time. It is a deeply personal process.

The successful evolution of an educator only happens when they do what's best for kids, infuse instructionally sound methods, and commit to improving on a consistent basis.

The love expressed by Americans for their community schools is the educational sweet spot for community and parental involvement and investment on the local level.


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