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July 07, 2013

Speaking Truth

We must do what is required of us, while not accepting silence as a sign of compliance. Influential voices are needed, no matter the cause. Do not waste them on trivia lest their power will be tossed to the wind.

July 04, 2013

A Call for Empathetic Schools

We need to make and support very hard decisions while not losing our humanity. That calls for empathy.

July 02, 2013

Are Children Asked to Grow Up Too Quickly?

The stress of hurrying our children academically matches the stress our children have come to live with as the other parts their childhoods have melted away. We know what is good for children. It is the very fiber of our work.

June 30, 2013

Resilience for Our Students and Ourselves

Our current leadership challenge lies in our capacity to be resilient ourselves, and to develop resilient students and systems.

June 27, 2013

Ethics Everyday

Separate courses on ethics aren't necessary if we are teaching it in every course, every day, by our actions and decisions.

June 20, 2013

Leadership Requires Asking Essential Questions

Leaders have refined their questions in the feedback conversations associated with new evaluation processes. These questions belong, not only the classroom, but in our work with faculty, parents, students, the public at large.

June 13, 2013

Solutions That Come 'From Away'

No matter the potential within the reform initiatives, they will fail to improve student achievement and teacher and leader performance unless we own them.

June 09, 2013

Care Deeply About Students Is Mr.Woolley's Retirement Wisdom

The more we care about our students and what happens to them, the more well respected we will be and the more well fixed we will be. It is that simple.

June 04, 2013

Teaching Students How to Be Leaders

We must begin to implement learning for boldness, courage, being one's best and listening - as if this were a new math curriculum, systematically, vertically, and purposefully.

June 02, 2013

Helping Students Develop Leadership

The women in my studies highlighted teachers as critical forces in helping them see their strengths and then encouraging them to consider leadership roles for a variety of potential opportunities, including sports and debate teams, academic and service clubs, community groups like 4H and Girl Scouts, student government, and church youth groups.

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