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May 05, 2016

Time and Schedules: Ally or Constraint?

Our value about the use of time, expecting almost all of it as scheduled as teaching time, runs counter to the current need to change the way teaching and learning take place.

April 24, 2016

Hate Speech Is on the Rise

Bias cannot be outlawed. Laws can change our behaviors, not our beliefs. Beliefs change by choice and usually over time. It is a deeply personal process.

April 19, 2016

Leaders, Capitalize on Americans' Love of Their Local Schools

The love expressed by Americans for their community schools is the educational sweet spot for community and parental involvement and investment on the local level.

April 17, 2016

Leaders' Integrity Requires Daily Doses of Conscience Examination

Integrity is not only built upon earned trust, but upon an unrelenting focus on the children for whom we work.

April 10, 2016

Is the Opt-Out Movement in N.Y. at a Tipping Point?

Spring testing season has arrived and, the tug of war about the tests continues. The charges made against the tests, in general, boil down to 6 essentials.

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.

April 03, 2016

Leaders Can Motivate Teachers and Students in Spite of Evaluations

Evaluations will be part of the educational process for children and the adults who learn and work in our schools for the foreseeable future. But, the system ought not rely on the evaluations to motivate.

March 24, 2016

'Bifocalism' Supports the Work of Leaders to Improve Schools

Unless a person becomes adept at remaining "bifocal," the immediate and the urgent will narrow the view and important things ... or people ... will be left behind.

March 22, 2016

How Can Schools Develop Assessments That Matter?

It is in the hands of the teachers and leaders to grab hold of the assessments developed within the school and have them be more reflective of the school's values about student success, using feedback, coaching, and encouragement along the learning path.

March 17, 2016

Would You Consider Capturing Your Professional Practice on Video?

In schools, observations and evaluations of teachers and principals can be a contentious event rather than a productive process. Capturing actions and being able to reflect upon them offers a growth experience.

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