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EACH Student a Learner!!!

EACH Student a Learner!!!

When I see young people – I see potential! Currently there are too many students that are left behind.  Dropouts, underachievers, and minimal learners are all too common. The current system for educating society’s youth is broken: Broken if we agree that there is student potential that is not being tapped.  Yet, there are those

Making Teacher Evaluations Public is a Bad Idea ~ Bill Gates

In an interview some weeks ago  with Weekend Edition Saturday‘s host Scott Simon, Gates went on to say. “The goal is to help teachers be better,” Gates said. “And when we run personnel systems where we want to be frank with employees about where they need to improve, having [evaluations] publicly available is not conducive

We have a gap to close between “what is” and “what should be” for all students and their learning outcomes

Technology is an asset when it comes to schools meeting the challenge of insuring that more students learn at higher levels. Whether you are a formal or informal leader in schools I believe it is important for you to know what you value when it comes to technology and learning.  Then it is important to

Bully – the movie. I recommend it to all educators and school leaders!

Bullying is potentially brutal.  So, when the topic of Bullying is presented in a documentary movie the movie cannot be made without tackling the ugly facts and patterns of this serious issue.  The movie Bully is not a ‘sugar coated’ covering of the topic.  It is a serious movie about a serious topic! My wife

America – We Have a Problem: Smart people acting like squirrels!

What follows is a section of Levinson and Grieder’s book: Following Through:A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Whatever You Start p. 35 & 36 (2007).  I am fascinated by their example of how a squirrel’s brain is ‘hard wired’ to accomplish certain very specific tasks. Mr. Squirrel collects acorns for the winter because he’s pre-programmed

Are schools becoming more engaging as a result of the advancing technologies?

Over 4 years ago this short video first appeared.  I saw it during that first year and I am showing it now, some four years later with a few questions. Has much changed for school aged learners?  Are there more opportunities for ‘engagement’ with each other by way of technology? Is it common throughout the

Here is Imformation for Educators and Leaders to Ponder and I HOPE ACT Upon

Are the issues of poverty, the lack of English as a first language and the fact that a student is labeled as a Special Education Student reasons why we, in America have many school systems that are experiencing static or regressive achievement results? Does it matter how educators approach the reality of today’s students? Can

What does it take to be a leader?

What does it take to be a leader? Here’s a young student’s perspective, mentioned in Patti Ruffing’s post, Mush!. The concepts are unique; see if you agree with her. A musher is someone who drives a dog sled. To drive a sled, a musher needs to have leaders on the team. Leaders are the dogs

Credibility! Effective informal or formal leaders are credible. You earn credibility or you don’t!

The leadership authors and researchers, Kouzes and Posner wanted to learn about the behavioral dimensions admired leaders earned.  Kouzes and Posner asked people to give them specific examples of what the leaders they admired the most did to gain their respect, trust, and a willingness to be influenced.   How did they behave that help them

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