Our plea is that leaders not allow the emergence of coding or STEM to take the design of our schools out of our hands. We call out to the leaders among us to take hold of this exciting time in our professional lives and begin to design the schools our children need.

We must be alert to who among us, in the legions of beautiful, developing, curious, young students, is suffering with such anti-social, harmful thoughts, that may call them to action.

It is too easy to forget the pure joy happiness brings as it reveals the truth. After all, when we are truly happy doesn't everything feel more balanced, less extreme, and more like it truly is, without the shadows of darkness and worry? All things happen in a better way when we are happy.

So not only do we have an obligation to prepare all students for STEM fields, it seems that particularly for young women, we need to prepare them to be scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians AND we need to prepare them to be advocates who can champion their cause and fight for equal opportunities in these fields.

We need bridge builders to help us see the connections and develop the capacity to integrate technology into our programs...not as an add on. We need those who can break down for us how these 21st century tools can be used within our systems that hold to 20th century requirements and facilities.

In our words and actions, we must represent the good in America. We must hold the doors open to those who have found them closed. That's what educational leaders are called to do.

Peter DeWitt is inviting the much needed conversation. He is creating a space that holds possibility for finding common ground by inviting people who have expressed opinions that are different from his to be guest bloggers. And he has invited his followers, should they agree or disagree with these divergent views, to comment.

A great teacher cares about giving every student the best education possible. They teach with high standards, and encourage confidence and the courage to learn. And, they see and know each student because they care deeply.

Thinking about the conversations with faculty and staff now, as the evaluation process is in full gear, can set the beginning of a new journey. Not a big shift, more like a rudder, unseen but causing the shift into a new direction.

As our society has become more diverse, in color, country of origin, and religion, we should consider the messages that our students are receiving even outside of our schools.As we develop school environments that accept and protect all children from bullying, marginalization, exclusion, or simply being ignored, should we be watching how their larger world is behaving?


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