Carnegie Units and the use of standardized tests are archaic models that accompanied us into this century. We would do well to shed them for a newer, and yes, better way to frame the education we offer students.

How can we consider changing the tradition of grading without engaging in serious and respectful conversations with those advocating for it?

Change is demanded by the times we live in, by those who are at the edge of the new economy and, most importantly, by the children who are arriving at school.

Each role in our systems plays a part in the success of students. But the tone and energy of the district flows from the CEO.

Whether it is through to-do lists or mindfulness, leaders need to develop those habits that allow us to be present in the moment with the person or issue in front of us.

Leaders must model respect and likeability. Teachers follow and then when students tend to like teachers who feel good about them, they become more engaged in learning.

The vigilant self-knowing that is being demanded from police is also one demanded of us.

It will always be the responsibility of those in leadership to hire those graduates who are the best prepared and continue their education until they are ready to fly on their own.

Take advantage of the interest in changing school schedules and roll the rest of what needs to change for 21st century learning into this conversation.

Programming is a creative, social endeavor. Girls need to know that.


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