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January 09, 2014

Discipline and Safety on the Front Burner

While schools are spending time and money on physically securing the building, attention to maintaining processes regarding student emotional safety must be paid as well. We need partnerships that will help all students by enriching our schools with a different kind of safety.

January 05, 2014

Evaluate Traditions While Leading Change

Our most important job right now is to manage the raising of standards and educational rigor while protecting the space and attention given to the social emotional aspects of learning.

January 02, 2014

Reimagining Schools in a New Year

It seems counter intuitive that we are being called upon to develop youngsters who are innovators when we appear to be unable to innovate beyond the classroom. How can we develop innovators when we, ourselves, are not?

December 31, 2013

Can We Take Over the Reform Agenda?

What can we do now that we are in the middle of this shift in standards and accountability? We should do what our reformers failed to do. The first step (although we are in the middle) is to create a community with a vision that is led by our knowledge and questions about how to best prepare our graduates.

December 24, 2013

A Different Kind of Zero Tolerance

A commitment to zero tolerance for failure might better serve students and teachers alike. This may be the perfect time to redefine what zero tolerance means in our schools.

December 19, 2013

Thinking About Poverty

No matter the depth of our understanding of how poverty affects our students, this season invites us to commit to learning more about poverty and how to reach and teach our children who live in poverty.

December 17, 2013

After the Standardized Test Debate Is Won ... Then What?

What will happen when the groundswell of opposition to the overuse of standardized testing affects change? We must be prepared to lead the revival of the democratic principles from the bottom up in state and local debates about education.

December 10, 2013

How Can We Expand Our Capacity to Teach and Improve Learning?

Teachers have worked harder within the same system that has been in place for many decades. There comes a point where harder won't help. Too many factors exist now for a 'work harder' mentality to be successful.

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.

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