May 13 , 2019 /

IT’S NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE

There is a well-documented article in the June 4-11, 2018 issue of The New Yorker Magazine by Jelani Cobb about white spaces where many of us have lived and worked: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/04/starbucks-and-the-issue-of-white-space The issue of racism, especially implicit bias, goes largely unnoticed until it is brought into our consciousness by some of the events which we

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February 11 , 2019 /

THE SPIRIT OF LEADERSHIP: TEN CHARACTERISTICS

The “spirit” of outstanding leaders can be seen, heard and felt in at least the following ten ways.  These behaviors of excellent  leadership are confirmed through experienced, successful leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues and their peers.  You may know some people who exhibit these qualities on a regular, sustained basis. 1

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January 16 , 2019 /

BACKWARDS BICYCLE

First, watch this 8 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0 What this illustrates about people and organizations, such as schools, is how challenging it is to take on something entirely new and different.  Rewiring our brains in order to think and do different is not as easy as we might think.  Letting go of what we know and

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January 11 , 2019 /

SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”  Attributed to Mark Twain In the past few weeks, as I have continued my work and enjoyed a number of conversations with school

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August 19 , 2018 /

A BETTER MOUSETRAP

The phrase “build a better mousetrap” turned into a metaphor about the power of innovation and is frequently taken literally, with more than 4,400 patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office for new mousetraps, with thousands more unsuccessful applicants, making them the “most frequently invented device in U.S. history.” Five “better mousetrap” books

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August 1 , 2018 /

THE FOUR-LEGGED STOOL

Most teachers, many parents and some students are aware of the three-legged stool concept and practice in schools.  The three legs are teacher, parents & student.  The teacher represents the school, the parents represent themselves and their child and the student can hopefully represent himself or herself to the extent possible.  Too much practice in

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