Child development and curriculum in classrooms should be inexorably linked. We both believe that as a basic tenet of all school design.
If there is a leadership lesson buried in this mess, it is to listen to the children, take them seriously and don't hope for bad news to go away.
What is it that is needed in principals that has always been of value, but has become, in this century, a necessity?
Apparently missing from the P-TECH movement is the awareness that it will reinforce and has the potential to widen the achievement gap in high schools.
It is not a good idea to tout the possibilities for success in business without attending college. It misleads.
Somewhere along the way educators seem to have lost their voice as advocates and leaders. What we need now is a gathering of voices, not against those trying to improve us, but as guides for them.
A sense of disorientation, a loss of what was previously the foundation of the work of teaching is being pulled away, and the response is a sort of disappearance.
Listening, with attention and a willing mind and heart, creates space for understanding to grow. Listening is the open door toward finding common ground.
Leadership is an act of translation, bringing the outside to the door and making the inside ready to meet it.
The quality of the education students receive in a school rests largely on the teachers in it. The achievement of the students in schools, however, depends on a vast array of factors.