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March 11, 2013

Mining, Modeling, and Other Sandbox Activities to Foster Student Creativity

Experience, training, practice, and encouragement in using creative thinking skills can improve a student's ability to think with fluency, flexibility, and to pose novel and inventive solutions to questions and problems. -- Curtis Chandler

March 07, 2013

Work the Problem

To achieve real results, we'll definitely have to use all the other pieces of advice offered in Cage-Busting Leadership. Working the problem can help leaders understand where the bars of those cages exist. -- Kerri Briggs

March 06, 2013

The Alliance to Reform Education Leadership: Opening the Principal Pipeline

And without districts and preparation programs collaborating to work beyond systematic constraints, it is unlikely the challenges posed by the school board president, and so many others, will ever be effectively overcome. -- Kerri Briggs

March 04, 2013

The Company You Keep

The lessons and advice of Cage-Busting Leadership resonate with me as I try to find a balance between identifying crucial allies and making tough decisions that don't always garner a lot of support. -- Kerri Briggs

February 27, 2013

How Cage-Busting Is Paying Off for KIPP

At KIPP, we firmly believe that what you measure matters. It's not enough to break out of the cage; you also have to show that what you're doing outside the cage is working. -- Mike Feinberg

February 22, 2013

Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa on Leadership, Personalized Learning, and Lasagna

Becca Bracy Knight had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Avossa about his entry into Fulton County, his vision of a great school system, what a "charter district" is, his personal sources of inspiration and motivation, and his culinary skills.

February 20, 2013

Busting Bureaucracy and the Beginner's Mind

Exercising a "beginner's mind" is the simplest way to cut through bureaucracy to determine whether something makes sense and in fact truly benefits students and teachers -- Becca Bracy Knight

February 19, 2013

Cabinet of Rivals: What Would Superintendent Lincoln Do?

Regardless of who's at the helm, a cabinet of rivals will have a greater chance of coming up with new ideas and solutions that help students learn and teachers thrive -- Becca Bracy Knight

October 19, 2012

Lessons From Los Angeles

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. In my book, Follow the Money, I compare the top-down approach to education reform in New York City to the slower and more open approach of Los Angeles. Today I will show that Los...

October 18, 2012

New York City: Winning the Sprint, Losing the Marathon?

Note: Sarah Reckhow, assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, is guest posting this week. Some large urban school districts receive millions of dollars in foundation grants, while others get none. In my book, Follow the Money, I show that the districts receiving the m...

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