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August 26, 2013

Better Pitches

Having read a few thousand grant applications I can tell you that most suck. John Bailey, a former grant maker and current policy advocate, said something similar noting that most policy proposals were also weak and wandering. In contrast, he noted, the venture pitches at accelerators like Y Combinator and ImagineK12 are uniformly good--and often great.

August 25, 2013

She Called Him 'Sweetheart'

Our students need to receive the type of attention Antoinette Tuff demonstrated.

August 22, 2013

Surveys Don't Build Trust...Leaders Do

If surveys and the resulting process do not build relationships between the school and community through leadership, then there is no gain.

August 20, 2013

It's Not About Guns

Compassion and empathy allow for bottom up leadership, system wide responsiveness and are the foundation of everything we do as human beings who have chosen to lead and serve.

August 18, 2013

Do Our Policymakers Know How to Lead Change?

Policy and agency leaders have decided to fail the children, the teachers and school leaders as a way of motivating us into action. They have become impatient with us, rather than examine themselves.

August 15, 2013

The Children Are Waiting in Rows

It is possible that to legislate that schools not only be required to teach academics, but to teach academics harnessing these games.

August 13, 2013

Evaluations: Change Without Judgment, Cynicism, or Fear

The design of the accountability processes and timelines are flawed AND we must suspend judgment within the organization in order to lead, learn and implement the change. We must be skillful enough to hold this paradox.

August 12, 2013

Fortified Environments Can Turnaround The Adverse Impacts of Poverty

Ask a teacher in a high-poverty school to name their challenges and near the top of the list will be disruptive kids and students not ready to learn.

August 08, 2013

The Children Are Waiting

Educational leaders and policy makers continue to cross their arms, dig in their heels, and frown over their glasses at the mere mention of video games in school.

August 06, 2013

Standards Unveiled for Improving Principal Pipeline

The Wallace Foundation recently released a compilation of the revised principal pipeline standards developed by its six grant-recipient districts.

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