1. Many More Students Learning At Higher Levels: Appreciating Both the Potential and the Complexity

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    We will benefit by appreciating both the complexity of dramatically improve education and the opportunity to uncap much more potential of our youth as we tackle the challenges ahead to improving education. There is no way to avoid appreciating the complexity of the many challenges related to improving education: poverty levels for children rising in […]

  2. Where Progress Comes From and How We Can Create More of It

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    As I read the introduction to Stephen Johnson’s new book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, 2012 I find myself thinking about the interconnectedness of today’s outcomes to the work of many in the years past.  In the process of setting up his book, Johnson retells about the story of the […]

  3. Qualities of Effective Collaborators

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        Appreciate the nature of adult learning Embrace the uniqueness of each adult and interact in ways that sincerely appreciate and connect with the individual Celebrate the fact that your work requires effectively listening to and understanding the individuals you serve so that you can help them identify and connect with their specific growth Respect […]

  4. We Have a Prosperity GAP!!!!

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    Yes, we talk about the many achievement gaps that exist in our schools.  We tackle these ‘gaps’ with rigorous effect.  And many learners improve and many learners do not. Often the improvement is incremental as opposed to dramatic.  A given student or group of students in a specific subgroup improves from 39% proficiency to 43% […]

  5. Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

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    I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration to exist that everyone will have the same high level of commitment to every decision or action.  Yet, I do believe that as people work together there are times when a individual […]

  6. Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Frame for Moving into the Furture

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    How a leader shows up matters. What a leader believes matters. The leader’s ‘frame’ makes a difference. Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Kae Rader in their book: Appreciative Leadership help leaders to develop their skills and attitudes related to helping to bring about positive systemic change.  The following four attributes are those common to leaders […]

  7. Questions Bigger Than Answers

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    I believe that the issues we face today regarding the economy, educating our youth, reducing poverty, developing the good health of our citizens and many others issues are complex. I also worry that many of us are looking for simple answers to complex realities. I think our ability to stay engaged with tough questions and […]

  8. The Value of Ignorance

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    Stuart Firestein, the author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science uses the word ignorance, at least in part, to be intentionally provocative.  But let’s take a moment to define the kind of ignorance that Firestein is referring to it, because ignorance as many bad connotations, especially in common usage, and he doesn’t mean any of […]

  9. More Students Learning at Higher Levels: Leveraging Technology!

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    Do we want to be part of a society where education truly benefits all?  Where education can lead toward upward mobility?  Do we want more students learning at higher levels? How can we as a society dramatically increase the numbers of young people who achieve at high levels in language arts, math, science and social […]

  10. Educators will face conflict – How we meet it matters!!!!

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    Conflict can lead to positive shared conclusions.  Today’s post has words like: ‘war’ and ‘violence’ in it because those words are those words are the words of the author I am quoting.  They conjure up ‘jarring’ concepts.  Conflict is ‘jarring’.  Conflict is present in around the work of schools.  School leaders can hope the disagreements […]

  11. High-tech way to communicate with students

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    Influential leaders are effective communicators!  Knowing your audience is a basic pillar for successful communicators. When a superintendent wants to connect directly with students – it may be time to be creative. Anthony Habra is a superintendent of Rudyard Area Schools in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Rudyard is a district of 900 students.  Tony wanted to […]

  12. Effectively improving our thinking together requires developing our skills, dispositions and knowledge

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       I have been thinking alot about what is takes to help adults develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge to intentionally think interdependently.  Below, you will find some of my thoughts. Qualities of Effective Collaborators                 Actions to Positively Impact your skills Appreciate the nature of adult learning Learn from or revisit the work of […]

  13. Questions Related to Pursuing the American Dream

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    The following information is current and provides food for thought about the current reality of Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations (which is the title of the report Written by The Pew Charitable Trusts). I am sharing what follows because questions come to my mind as I think about this data. Americans’ relative […]

  14. Appreciative Inquiry: Bulding Capacity

    In our families, at work, in our communities, in the state and/or nation and globally there are issues.  Will have enough food, water, energy, educational opportunities?  Will our family, work place, and the people of our community, state, nation and world be able to be part of positive change?  Can the future be an improvement […]

  15. Leading in Complex Times Requires Adaptation

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    Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky in their book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (2009, Harvard Business Press) write about adaptive leadership.  Their definition: Adaptive leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive (page 14) sounds like the kind of […]

  16. Here are some resources for studying change and transitions

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    In these times of fast and dramatic change we can all benefit from developing our knowledge and understanding of change and transitions. Below please find a short bibliography on these topics. Intentional personal/professional growth is always a good investment in yourself. Books on Approaching and Effectively Contributing in Times of Change and Transitions Building The Bridge […]

  17. Leading the Work of Creating the Healthiest School Environments Possible

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    For optimal learning to transpire schools must be safe places.  As leaders we are responsible for “safety” above other missions.  How do you feel about being responsible for school safety as it relates to bullying and specifically – cyber-bullying? Let’s think about what schools can do to be intentional about being environments safe from bullying. […]