Building consensus requires the leader to be certain everyone can let go, understand, agree, and support an idea. It is a social/emotional skill, not an administrative one.
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January 23, 2018
May 30, 2017
We cannot allow the new philosophy in Washington to change our 'state of mind'. We believe in our purpose and in every child.
April 02, 2017
This Supreme Court's overturn of a Gorsuch decision reminds us that adults set limits and settle for the minimum. We can remain in the current practice or create new expectations by opening our own minds. Students deserve much better.
February 21, 2017
Before deciding whether guns have a place in schools, it is best we come to agree on what question and what threat guns in schools is answering and solving.
December 06, 2016
Of course policy makers, business people, and those who have never lived a day in a public school think that if they opened the doors to competition, schools would improve. We know better.
September 11, 2016
Detroit's problem ultimately is our problem. It can teach a lesson about patience and acceptance gone too far.
May 19, 2016
This is truly a moment for the adults who make decisions about whether they are going to accept social change and create the environments in which all children can flourish to be courageous.
December 13, 2015
The policies are changing, the societal demand for schools and students to perform better and the need for us to rethink the teaching and learning demanded by this century are not diminishing.
April 12, 2015
Come together and build a new design to offer an alternative rather than waste creative energy trying to find new ways to tear down the existing schools and the professionals who work in them.
March 04, 2015
There are questions about the value of national standards, the appropriate nature of some of the standards in the earlier grades, and angst about the use of standardized testing to change teaching and learning and evaluate students and teachers.