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November 18, 2020

What Makes for an Effective Secretary of Education?

Having enjoyed a front-row seat for the tenures of the past 5 secretaries of education, Rick has concluded there are a half-dozen traits that President-elect Biden should seek in his choice.

November 12, 2020

Lamar Alexander's Lesson in Education Leadership

See a few urgent needs and develop a strategy to meet each of them. Then stick with it until at least half the people agree that it's right. That's been the senator's philosophy.

April 09, 2020

Michael Sonbert on Strategies for Leading During Coronavirus

RHSU favorite Michael Sonbert has a few thoughts on how educational leaders can square up to the challenges of coronavirus that are worth sharing.

April 07, 2020

Chiefs for Change COO Weighs in on Challenges of Coronavirus

I recently talked to Julia Rafal-Baer, the COO of Chiefs for Change, about how districts and systems are dealing with the challenges of coronavirus.

March 31, 2020

Coronavirus Closures: How Urban Schools are Responding

I recently talked to Mike Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, about how big-city schools are dealing with the coronavirus.

March 30, 2020

Shut Down by Coronavirus, Supes Worry About Keeping Staff Safe

I recently asked Terry Grier, who spent decades as a highly regarded superintendent in Houston, San Diego, and elsewhere, about what he's seeing and can share about the response to the coronavirus.

May 17, 2018

Educational 'Innovation' Is Only as Good as the Execution

Chad Vignola, executive director of the Literacy Design Collaborative, recently reached out with an informative take on the relationship between innovation and execution in educational leadership. He explains why the boring stuff determines whether "innovative," "ambitious" ideas deliver.

April 24, 2018

The Problem With Seeking an 'Innovative' Schools Chief

When weighing options for new educational leaders, don't focus on what they're going to do, focus on how they're going to do it.

October 17, 2017

5 School-Improvement Tips for Civic and Community Leaders

In many places, perhaps the most important mission for civic leaders is to provide the persistence, patience, and maturity that can help turn a vicious cycle into a virtuous one.

February 02, 2017

The Patriots and the 'Unpopular Stuff' of Excellence

As the Patriots prepare to play for the Super Bowl on Sunday, it seems especially timely to reflect again on some critical insights education reformers can gather from professional football.

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