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June 21, 2016

Healthy School Culture Depends Upon Human-Resource Leadership

The urgent demands of the leader's work pull the mind to a place of reaction. Each reaction pulls attention away from a systems view and away from the complexities of the human beings who work with us.

June 19, 2016

After a Careful Hiring Process, Then What?

The same interest, focus, research, and time, devoted to the hiring process should follow as each newly hired professional joins the organization.

June 14, 2016

Leadership Response to the Demand for Change

Leaders in this century must be leaders of change. In their discernment role, they must also determine the change to embrace and the one to resist.

June 09, 2016

Engagement of Every Student Is Shared Work

Student engagement is invoked when curriculum and instruction focus on inquiry, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. It is invoked when the school and classroom environments are replete with positive relationships and risk taking is encouraged and regarded as exciting.

June 07, 2016

Leaders Must Be More Than Managers and Instructional Leaders

What would it be like if we had a bit of time to consider what our individual highest potential might be for next year and then to engage one another to determine what our collective highest potential might be?

June 02, 2016

Schools Need Collective Leaders' Voices to Advocate for Change

Leadership voices have been directed at objection and resistance toward the national mandates and state implementations of them. The pull away from that toward voices raised with new vision and a plan can feel like the removal of a suction cup that has been securely attached to a wall.

May 31, 2016

Leaders and Loyalty to Themselves, Others, and the Organization

Loyalty is a valued, and tricky, characteristic. Before being loyal to a person or an institution, one must be loyal to a guiding belief, conviction, or ideal.

May 24, 2016

Want Culture to Support Change? 5 Questions to Help Leaders

Any plan for systemic change must be bolstered by serious attention to the cultural shifts that might be needed simultaneously.

May 19, 2016

Schools as Instruments of Social Change: Transgender Students and Bathrooms

This is truly a moment for the adults who make decisions about whether they are going to accept social change and create the environments in which all children can flourish to be courageous.

May 17, 2016

Communicating Your District's Image

Does your message reflect your values? Whose job is it to manage that message? How does one decide how that message is communicated?

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