Author Archives: Jerry Jennings

The Future is Now – how do we as educators plan to meet the future?

The Future is Now – how do we as educators plan to meet the future?

I guess I see it as a ‘no brainer’.  We have lots of room for improvement in education. More students need to be excited about learning.  We need to do better with all levels of students.  Our brightest deserve to be challenged and energized about learning.  All learners ought to be stimulated and encouraged to

What is the purpose of your public school?

Does your district have a shared vision: For high outcomes for all students? For the role of technology in the educational process? For the learning rights of each and every student you serve? Margaret J. Wheatley in her book, Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time, 2005 Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. on pages 103 &

Being aware, generous and supportive! This is not the ‘soft’ side of shared work – it is at the core of shared work!

Courage.  Encourage.  Two words, same origin.  Heart. You gotta have heart.  Miles and miles and miles of it.  There’s no bravery or boldness without heart.  There’s no spirit of support without heart.  There’s no sacrifice or soul without heart.  Nothing great ever gets done without heart.  You gotta have heart. And at the heart of

Finding opportunity in situations where “what is” isn’t “what is desired”

Gaps can be a good thing.  Peter Senge says: “Truly creative people use the gap between vision and current reality to generate energy for change.” Motivation for change is often lacking without a gripping positive vision that you are committed to. The current situation is the current normal – and the usual situation is ‘comfortable’. 

When to Hold – When to Fold? Schools have to be willing to let go of practices that aren’t working.

Perhaps the crux of success or failure of American education is for leaders to know which practices to hold on to, which ones to discard and how to significantly improve execution of effective research-based practices, as times change. ~ J Eck, 1/27/10 MASA Conference A lot of classroom, building and district wide practices aren’t working