As we continue to search for what affects student achievement consider the effect of leaders who are running on empty.

Guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey writes: Although grades should never be the only information about learning that students and parents receive, they can be a meaningful part of that information.

Educational leaders must remember that part of their work is to teach about leadership by being a living example in the community.

The world has changed, what students need to graduate knowing and able to do has changed, and schools, over all, have not kept pace.

The moment to rediscover and recommit to values is now. The adults being led and students in our schools need a leader who is a model of integrity, inclusiveness, and consistency.

The lines that separate childhood from adolescence and adolescence from adulthood have disappeared. Rites of passage are few. But there is something schools can and should do.

We can create the image and give the message of the highest achievement and the vision of each and every classroom.

Trust has a role in student achievement greater than the attention it receives.

Guest blogger Marc Levitt believes "Educators play an essential role in creating a world aligned to the growing awareness of our intertwined fates, one that is more sustainable and fulfilling. What story they are 'telling' and distributing?"

Where but public schools do we create a citizenry with an understanding of the relationship between rights and responsibilities, between democracy and despotism and why our founders created three branches of government with different but equal powers.


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