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April 22, 2013

Leading From Courage or Fear

How do our brains and hearts ...and yes, even our physical bodies... perform in crisis. It is about who we are at our core.

March 28, 2013

Are Teachers Overpaid?

Predecessors with good intentions created these contracts and extended these benefits but they could not have foreseen the convergence of social, political and economic forces occurring in this moment. It is our turn to navigate and the old maps no longer serve.

March 21, 2013

Change Standards, Test Students, Measure Schools

We are being asked to lean on our students to prove we are doing our job using a single measure and we know it is not fair to them. Teachers and leaders are faced with the additional burden of being directly evaluated by these results also knowing there is an expected slump in results during these first years of implementation of an expectedly flawed process.

March 19, 2013

Implementing the Common Core and Mr. Potato Head

How can the Common Core be implemented successfully when the implementation of the Common Core (at least right now) leaves no time for professional learning, so teachers can make changes in how they think and plan for discovery, creativity, reflection, and fun.

March 17, 2013

Implementing the Common Core: Needed Time for a Change

We do not have the time to digest what the Common Core Standards are telling us to do. We need time and that essential time is not allowed. To add insult to injury, students and teachers are evaluated on test results that evaluate these standards that are new and yet unlearned.

March 05, 2013

The MetLife Survey Reveals Our Need for a Different Type of Professional Development

Our current professional development addresses the intellect but we do mighty little for the emotional or spiritual parts of our teachers and leaders. And these are the sources of morale.

March 03, 2013

Learning to Lead: School Success and Sustainability

No school or district can arrive at success without a talented leader who is able to coalesce energy of teachers around a powerful vision, then motivate, measure and improve along the way - all while building sustainability.

February 26, 2013

Teacher and Principal Evaluation That Makes a Difference

Since the implementation process is well underway, what can we do to be the transformers? How can we use this debilitating opportunity to actually improve our principals and teachers? This is worth doing. If we begin a new process and simply skim over it without honoring its value, its introduction may be accepted, but not attended to. We have to push against our institutional habit of clinging to the old ways.

February 14, 2013

Lead Equity Through Literacy in All Classrooms

Equal access to a good public education can be offered in every classroom through the development of literacy.

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