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March 16, 2014

An Open Letter From a 20th-Century Teacher

No matter what else the 21st century demands of your teaching and leading, remember John Dewey of the 20th century who taught "learning to do by doing," love your students, love your work, and remember there is nothing more important than your responsibility to your students.

December 10, 2013

How Can We Expand Our Capacity to Teach and Improve Learning?

Teachers have worked harder within the same system that has been in place for many decades. There comes a point where harder won't help. Too many factors exist now for a 'work harder' mentality to be successful.

July 30, 2013

Lead the Common Core With an Open Mind

The Common Core cannot be successfully implemented until we free ourselves from past practices and allow the structural changes required for it to work. Our teachers will be our best informants.

June 20, 2013

Leadership Requires Asking Essential Questions

Leaders have refined their questions in the feedback conversations associated with new evaluation processes. These questions belong, not only the classroom, but in our work with faculty, parents, students, the public at large.

June 04, 2013

Teaching Students How to Be Leaders

We must begin to implement learning for boldness, courage, being one's best and listening - as if this were a new math curriculum, systematically, vertically, and purposefully.

June 02, 2013

Helping Students Develop Leadership

The women in my studies highlighted teachers as critical forces in helping them see their strengths and then encouraging them to consider leadership roles for a variety of potential opportunities, including sports and debate teams, academic and service clubs, community groups like 4H and Girl Scouts, student government, and church youth groups.

May 30, 2013

Leaders Must Pay Attention to the Important

We must learn how to lead in these times so we can guarantee all of our children a growing and invigorated system. Those of us in leadership roles must be found doing something other than responding well.

May 28, 2013

Teachers Are First Responders

Educators work with children each and every day, prepared to put their own lives on the line, to protect the children.

May 19, 2013

Loyalty Does Not Mean Silence!

When the disillusioned leader calls silence loyalty, truth is lost. In business, profits suffer or ethics. In education, children suffer.

May 09, 2013

Let the Tests Become the Platform

We are called to be "the ministers of the tests". It is not a high calling but we cannot change that. We can, however, be wiser than we were.

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