Reducing the complexity in our local education system is quickly becoming one of our most important leadership responsibilities.
The Mizzou story can be a reminder to all leaders that the care of any organization, whether a business, the K-12 system, or a higher education institution, ultimately rests on the moral principles of those in charge.
We can no longer allow educators, leaders or teachers to dismiss technology as unimportant and social media as a nuisance.
We need a new answer, one that lies in the ability to see the big picture and address the interdependent system in which we work.
How we define children shows in how they are treated, scheduled, and discussed.
With all the attention being paid to academic success and high standards, we can not leave the work of school culture and the manner in which the business of teaching and learning takes place behind.
It is precisely the capacity to make the tough decisions while holding the consequences with care and attention that makes us the strong and compassionate leader.
Educators on the front lines can play an integral role in helping teens and their families make healthy choices as they navigate what happens on these new apps and sites.
From a political perspective, it might quiet the storm of opposition and save the standards but isn't it just the same reactivity that got us here in the first place?
Let it be from within our ranks that the solutions arise and are shared with those able to turn it into mandates and laws.