The experiences of children outside of school come to school with them even if they are never spoken out loud. Who will be their guides?

School leaders and teachers feel burdened by the incessant demands and feel pressured to implement them, correctly and fast. In that process, have some changed paths from one of leader to one of manager, and, for some, to policeman or woman.

Leading an organization requires deeper listening. Especially, at this time of year, we need to be listening for those who are silent and for those who are alone or angry. They may need our help.

Of course policy makers, business people, and those who have never lived a day in a public school think that if they opened the doors to competition, schools would improve. We know better.

The terms "boss" and "buddy" both seem archaic and more relevant to the manager than the leader. But, they still command call for attention and continued study.

Guest blogger Devorah Heitner writes: If we simply drive the conversation underground, we lose an opportunity to help kids understand other people's point of view.

Schools are seeing eruptions of the mimicking behavior seen on the campaign trail. Name calling and other painful and more aggressive actions follow.

My school district has embarked on a whole child journey. This revolves around our extended recess time (we increased recess from twenty minutes to forty minutes), yoga, meditation and mindfulness work for students K-8.

It is understandable that with the contentiousness of this election, that leaders might find it safer to limit conversations. We argue that it is our role to help students navigate these rough waters.

It is about opening up space for your mind and for your human interactions.


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