Leadership in times of transition

How much longer can the current model of education sustain itself? The industrialized model of education is nearing its end. Is this frightening or exciting? It’s no more fearful than how the farmers must’ve felt when leaving the fields for the factory. And look how that turned out. America became the world’s most prosperous nation. We are on the cusp of another break through, but it requires another seismic shift in thought. In the days ahead, we must challenge not only the status quo, but the foundation structures that have been a part of our operating system for well over…

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My leadership style

This evening, I was asked to contribute to a graduate level assignment on leadership; and tonight I blog my responses, which I dedicate to my principal friends. 1. What is your administrative style? This question can be answered from a variety of lenses, but I will pull from two resources in particular: 1) John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, whose research interests include performance indicators, models of measurement and evaluation of teaching and learning. Hattie synthesized than 800 meta-studies covering more than 80 million students over 15 years of research about…

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The Blueberry Story by Jamie Vollmer

One of my heroes in education is Jamie Vollmer, author of the book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America’s Public Schools. But Jamie is not an educator; he is a businessman. Yet the saga of his transition from a critic of public education to a supporter captures the issues facing public education in a profound way starting with his “blueberry” story. I urge you to visit his website, purchase his book, and read his detailed account of public education in America. It is one of the best reads on schooling you will find. The Blueberry Story:…

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…under whose shade…

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” For some time, I’ve dabbled in blogging and posted to a variety of platforms, but I’ve yet to take it on all-out. I frequently ask someone who hesitantly shares a goal, “What’s keeping you from doing it?” For me, like the gameshow, Family Feud, I hear, “One hundred people surveyed, the top five answers are on the board, survey says?” “Time. Time is the number one answer.” If indeed there were five answers, you’d probably guess reasons three, four, and five, but…

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