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May 15, 2018

Leadership Endings and Personal Lessons

Themes of inclusiveness, of passion and purpose, of questioning and listening, and of integrity, respect and courage permeate our five years of writing. They are attributes of leadership that go beyond the knowledge and skill of the work itself.

January 09, 2018

Interviewing? Good Questions are Important. Careful Listening is Paramount.

Hiring is, arguably, the most important shared role of leaders and the governing body. It deserves and investment of time to listen openly and share perceptions and thoughts.

January 04, 2018

How Does the Public Learn About Our Schools?

For all the conscious effort and good intention we put into establishing a communication system with the community, there will always be the other way they learn about us.

February 28, 2017

Leading With Care for Those Who Oppose

In school communities, there are almost always differences of opinions that become hotly contested. We can and must be smarter and not overlook the 'other side'.

November 29, 2016

Can Project-Based Learning and Professional Learning Communities Counter Hate Speech?

Schools are seeing eruptions of the mimicking behavior seen on the campaign trail. Name calling and other painful and more aggressive actions follow.

April 07, 2016

Communication Builds Your Team

Districts can operate with multi-directional communication pathways in which each constituency has access to the other with respect and consideration for diversity of perspective.

March 13, 2016

Leadership Challenge: Define and Communicate Your School's Story

It is the responsibility of the school and district leaders, no matter the length of time in the district, to clarify, define or redefine the narrative, to create the lingering perception, and to influence the reputation of the school(s) in the community.

February 16, 2016

Beyond Standardized Tests: Redefine Students' Readiness to Thrive After Graduation

It may seem a leap from the common core, graduation rates, and NAEP scores to the building of community and the words of Parker Palmer. But in truth, it is not.

January 05, 2016

A Challenge for the New Year: Leader, Know Yourself

Ongoing personal development is essential for successful, sustainable leadership.

July 21, 2015

Trusted Leaders: An Indispensable Resource for Teachers

Without the trust of and between the members of the organization, no leader can successfully plan and implement any sustainable change.

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