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March 04, 2014

The Common Core Remains a Mixed Bag

The field is speaking and the longer dialogue is averted, the wider the chasm between the leadership and those responsible for teaching children will become. There will be no winners.

February 13, 2014

What If Standards Are Not the Problem?

The real problem with education is we need to shift into this century. We have been trying to do it for years, through hard work and effort. It all has resulted in a tinkered with ailing system that is struggling along with phenomenal teachers and leaders who are exhausted from trying.

December 03, 2013

Assessment vs. Accountability

We need a bolder reform agenda, one that opens minds and creativity, radically changes how schools are funded, reinvents classroom and school house, changes our calendars and keep our youth engaged in learning year round, envisions less brick and mortar, more community connection and, that brings little ones to school at 4 and allows them move on, when they are ready.

November 26, 2013

Are We Coddling the Children?

If parents, and if we, are coddling children, that is not necessarily a good thing. But, it is not coddling to protect if protection means to hope for children to be included, to be successful and to learn and grow.

October 24, 2013

Can the School Change Debate, Itself, Change?

The educational change debate is fueled by the new tests for students and the associated accountability systems. Debates rage about fundamental things like local control and individual choice.

October 13, 2013

In Support of Respect and Civility

Commissioner King deserves better from us. We must be calm enough to do our best thinking not our fastest reacting. With respect and civility we may bring forth a conversation that rudeness and name calling will not.

September 29, 2013

The Common-Core Debate Continues

There are many misunderstandings the Common Core. We must listen to the voices of opposition and address concerns and misunderstandings the best way we know how.

September 10, 2013

Successful Leaders Will 'Find a Way'

We must not allow our compliance to extinguish the passion that brought us to this work. Our challenge is to carry the weight of the mandate while working with faculty to create the best implementation.

August 18, 2013

Do Our Policymakers Know How to Lead Change?

Policy and agency leaders have decided to fail the children, the teachers and school leaders as a way of motivating us into action. They have become impatient with us, rather than examine themselves.

August 11, 2013

Life After This Scarlet-Letter Week

How can policy be good if it hurts children? Make this our leadership moment.

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