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October 14, 2014

Home Visits

As we invite students to enter our learning community, what do we know about the contexts from which they come?

October 03, 2014

Should Communities Determine Their Own Accountability Measures?

Should the community have input in what they are held accountable for in educational outcomes? Julian Vasquez Heilig and I weigh the possibilities.

September 25, 2014

Startup School: Three Aspects for K-12 Schools to Emulate

Startup incubators have increased my desire to learn from instructors and are driven by my own personal interests. Three aspects of startup incubators foster unusually powerful learning environments that could transfer to the K-12 context.

September 16, 2014

A Letter to New Leaders in Urban School Districts

September doesn't just bring challenges for new teachers. As the school year starts, new leaders are taking the helm in several districts. Teacher Cristina Duncan Evans reaches out to them in this letter.

July 23, 2014

Great Boards for Great Schools

Good schools change communities by lifting expectations, reinforcing positive values, preparing thoughtful citizens, and building property values. That's why we feel so strongly about expanding access to quality schools.

December 15, 2013

Social Media: An Asset for Teachers and Leaders

The use of social media as a communication tool for educators is inevitable. The paramount value of using social media is the creation and maintenance of relationships. It is a communication accelerant that moves information between people faster than we have ever experienced and, in fewer words than we are used to using.

October 24, 2013

Can the School Change Debate, Itself, Change?

The educational change debate is fueled by the new tests for students and the associated accountability systems. Debates rage about fundamental things like local control and individual choice.

September 16, 2013

Leadership Implications of the Brave New Blended World

Everything is changing... • Mobile devices and apps; adaptive instruction--teachers, parents, and kids flipping and blending their own learning. • Online learning and new tools are being blended into new school models that leverage great teaching with technology. • And just beginning to emerge: learner profiles, smart playlists, customized and competency-based pathways.

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 05, 2013

4 High Schools Using Projects to Promote Deeper Learning

For many students relevance improves motivation. When relevance comes in the form of applied and work-based learning, improved engagement comes with the potential for career awareness and workplace skills. The combination can improve persistence, degree attainment, and employability.

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