Tag archives for The Common Good

  1. An Alternative to ‘Polishing the Status Quo’

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    The existing state of affairs in the environment, education, healthcare, workers rights, nutrition, transportation, energy or in many other areas leads people to look for change. Focusing on the preferred future rather than just steps away from the current situation has the potential to lead to transformative change.   Further, when a community of people focus […]

  2. How does important, complicated, and serious work get done?

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    Think putting a man on the moon. Think bring Apollo 13 home. Through collaboration!   Our times require us all to be willing, able and effective in our collaborations within and across networks.  We need to be explores of the power and potential of ‘interdependence’ because we and others are investors, owners, caretakers and creators […]

  3. Groups – Cooperation – and the number of Women in the Group

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    According to Science Daily:“When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities […]

  4. How did testing and accountability become the main levers of school reform? ~ Diane Ravitch

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    We all need to stop and think deeply about what we want for all children. I am convinced that the ‘easy answer’ of letting narrow products, “tests”, measure the value of schools to our society is foolhardy!  Further, I am convinced that our society needs to be investing in ways to improve education for all […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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. […]

  11. As an Educator – Consider Sending this Message Out Today or Tomorrow

    Dads and Moms, Grandpas and Grandmas Consider Reading to the Young People in Your Life about Martin Luther King Jr.   Here are suggestions for three books that I suggest would be good read alouds about Martin Luther King for to the children in your life. Obviously, these are not the only good ideas of […]

  12. Reflecting on the Best Book I read in 2011 – That Used To Be Us

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    That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind In The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Frieman and Michael Mandelbaum (2011) was the book that made the biggest impression on me this year. I see this book to be an honest analysis of the America we are living […]

  13. Adults – educators and others, need to help today’s students embrace complexity

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    Employees Wanted . . . that can combine software, art, math, creativity, writing, gaming, education, composing, and marketing Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the authors of That Used To Be Us, 2011 p.70 -71 make the case for how fast and dramatically the world of work can change.  They explain that it is clear […]