Educational data and neuroscience both agree that the early years have significant influence on later school and life success. What are we waiting for?

Our next generation leaders are in our classrooms. Which ones will serve us best in these times?

As the testing mania grows, we carry out the implementation with fidelity and honesty, standing tall while we live with the frustration , fatigue, fear...and yes, anger... growing within our communities.

How do our brains and hearts ...and yes, even our physical bodies... perform in crisis. It is about who we are at our core.

Students are being asked to ignore us and we are being asked to force them to sit through testing when in our hearts, we, too, may question this testing program.

District and building leaders have the opportunity to lead implementation of transformative teaching and learning practices. Flipping may be one worth doing.

The students took off in a media environment and are partially misusing it while most of us lag behind and don't really have a good sense of how to use the media properly at all. Understanding the role social media plays in the lives of our students, and seizing the opportunity for teaching ethical behavior is imperative for today's leaders. If we don't take advantage of any opportunity to teach how to behave virtuously and offer the opportunity for practice, we are missing the boat.

Where do we begin to advocate for our schools and how to we use our positions to educate? Until we overcome the human conditions that lead to violence, we must make better laws. Common sense must prevail.

Heartfelt leaders will inspire everyone else to endure this year and the next, and will cause them to be courageous as they take risks and do things newly.

School leaders must recognize that relying only on traditional communication tools will lead to frustration on the part of today's voting public. People expect to communicate digitally, interactively and with immediacy.


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