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Thinking About Professional Development Differently An innovative approach to holistic professional development for all school district employees to improve student outcomes

I’ve spent over 15 years talking to school districts around the country about how they support their employees’ professional growth. It’s a complicated process, with different departments and schools... Read More...

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DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE, SYSTEM-WIDE PIPELINE for Rigorous, Standards-based Classrooms

K-12 educators now widely recognize that preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s new economy must be our top priority. In the business world, thought leaders use the acronym VUCA to describe the fu... Read More...

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Brainy Teachers Create Brainy Kids

My definition of “brainy teachers” is not what you might think. I’m not talking about the straight A student who becomes a teacher and wants his or her students to do the same. I was a straight A stu... Read More...

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REIMAGINING, RETHINKING & REBUILDING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS An Architect’s Perspective

In a recent interview with NPR, Ted Kolderie, a leader of the charter school movement, stated, “If students don’t want to learn, you can’t make them. So any effort to improve learning must begin with... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Facilities

THOUGHTS ABOUT REBUILDING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS

Among the first questions school board members and administrators often ask regarding aging facilities are: “What will it cost to bring our schools up to date?” and “Should we remodel or demolish and... Read More...

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Choosing the Right School Furniture Supplier

The pace of change in today’s education landscape is unprecedented. Schools face different and more complex challenges and must keep up with the demands of 21st century learning environments, technol... Read More...

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The Second Lever of Success for Superintendents Principal Coaching and Supervision

I recently wrote an article arguing that superintendents have three key levers for improving the quality of schools and increasing student achievement: Read More...

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Creating a Strong School Board-Superintendent Relationship

With the average tenure of a school superintendent being only 3.2 years, it’s possible that a school board member could go through hiring a superintendent during every four-year term they serve. ... Read More...

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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION Making the Case for High Reliability Education Systems

What should schools have in common with hospitals, commercial airlines and even nuclear power plants? All of them should strive toward higher reliability, or toward becoming high reliability organiza... Read More...

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THE FUN OF BEING A SUPERINTENDENT

I can speak from most positions in education from teacher’s aide to superintendent, so this is a fun topic. I spent 12 years as a county superintendent with 11 other superintendents in my county and ... Read More...

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The First Lever of Success for Superintendents Establishing a Clear Theory of Action

In this era of new accountability brought by pushback against No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it is important to consider: What levers do superi... Read More...

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What Educational Leaders Must Do to Ensure Mentoring Success

As an education leader you already know the value of mentoring. But how do you go about institutionalizing that value for others? You may have tried launching a mentoring program and achieved a ... Read More...

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HOW TO END THE MID-CAREER EXODUS OF TEACHERS

Where Are They Going? We are seeing a growing trend of mid-career teachers leaving the profession. According to the National Education Association, approximately 17 percent of teachers are leaving... Read More...

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SYSTEMS THINKING LEADERS

WHAT WOULD A SCHOOL LEADER DO IF THE SCHOOL DAY BEGINS WITH LATE BUSES, A TEXT MESSAGE THAT TWO CLASSROOMS ARE WITHOUT TEACHERS, FOLLOWED BY A FRUSTRATED PARENT IN THE OFFICE, ALL DEMANDING YOUR ATT... Read More...

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Hey, Where’s Our Stuff? The Importance of Managing K-12 District Resources

The topic of resource management always grabs the attention of K-12 superintendents and administrators, simply because they know they need to optimize the limited resources they have if they’re going ... Read More...

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