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August 31, 2014

Internet and Empathy, Compassion, and Respect

How can we maximize the capacity of this extraordinary communication medium and attend to our ever-increasing need for empathy and compassion to endure as a human speices? While we lead the use of technology as a vehicle for communication, teaching and learning, we need to wrestle with these questions about visibility, empathy and compassion.

August 12, 2014

No Textbooks: A New Responsibility for Teachers and Leaders

The move away from textbooks must be accompanied by a responsibility to create the time, space, and guidance in which teachers can research new resources and use them to transform the work being done in and outside of their classrooms.

August 03, 2014

Globally Minded vs. Globally Competitive Schools

We live in such a competitive society and we replicate this competition in our schools. Is the purpose of education to create winners and losers?

July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Plagiarism vs. Integrity

Educating about what is "yours" and what is "mine" begins in Kindergarten and so should the education about copyright laws.

July 27, 2014

Entering Next Year Prepared to Ignite the Hearts and Minds of Our Teachers

As much as we must attend to the standards and assessments, it is important to attend to the human beings. We need a balance, and as the next school year approaches, it is a good time to think freshly about igniting the minds and hearts of teachers again so they can do the same for their students.

July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Change the Structure of Schools

When we take a mandate and push it into our existing structure, we follow, but do not create a structural shift as we accept new practices. We need a new structure within which these changes can flourish.

July 15, 2014

Leadership, Learning, and Compassion: The Indispensables of Education

Schools with compassionate leaders increase their students' potential for academic success. Compassionate learning environments lower a student's cortisol levels (decreasing stress levels), which increases his or her ability to learn.

July 13, 2014

Rethinking Summer School

What if we rethought how we expend that energy and reduced or eliminated the need for summer school and repurposed that expense to include enrichment for all students? Most agree students who attend summer school are able students who failed to meet expectations during the school year

July 01, 2014

Values-Based Leadership: Goochland County Public Schools

Most of us spend more than 1/3 of our day at work and if you are going to spend that much time in one place, then you will never truly maximize your own leadership potential unless the organization aligns to your personal values.

June 29, 2014

Include Music in the 21st-Century Plan for E-Learning

We have a responsibility to move toward more blended, flipped, and online learning. Music has its place in this shift. We watch with interest as more K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have successful transitions as they include more students in learner-centered online educational experiences, including music.

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