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Indigenous Resources to Diversify Your Curriculum

Many of us are thinking, working, and struggling to find authentic ways to diversify perspectives across our learning experiences.  We grew up in a system that vastly overweighted the Near East-European influences on history, literature, art, and science.  Our desire to help our students receive a more balanced and historically accurate education is challenged by [...]

By | 2021-07-08T16:03:56+00:00 July 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Team-of-Teams” Really Works

What can a wildly diverse group of architects, engineers, educators, and district administrators teach us about how to transform the K-12 learning experience?  Plenty. As I posted last week, I am involved in helping to design and build a new public middle school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our charge: build the best school in America [...]

By | 2021-06-18T15:02:49+00:00 June 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The “Best School in America”

“We want to build the best school in America, that will be at the core of our community”.  Those were the highlights of the request for proposals issued by Alamorgordo, N.M Public Schools (APS) for the design and construction of a new middle school.  My long-time friends and colleagues at the multi-award winning design firm of [...]

By | 2021-06-13T14:33:21+00:00 June 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adding To the Weak Case For Grit

Are we finally going to stop chasing grit? Way back in 2014, I posted a provocative blog that started a tense and widely read discourse between several profoundly smart edu-leaders on Angela Duckworth's mega-hit theories of grit.  Several of my readers literally shouted that bending the knee to grit as the Holy Grail of student performance [...]

By | 2021-04-18T16:04:43+00:00 April 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Dorgol”: A New Word Captures a Simple Leadership Principle

I'm not sure I have ever been present at the birth of a new word; I have now! In working with the leadership team at The York School in Toronto, we discussed the value of leaders visibly sharing their own growth and learning goals with their colleagues.  I raised the idea of each member of [...]

By | 2021-04-08T20:10:04+00:00 April 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Search of Grass: A Short Tale of Two Dinosaurs

Once upon a time about 65 million years ago, give or take, there lived two dinosaurs.  They actually lived with a whole lot of other dinosaurs: little ones that scampered about in the undergrowth looking for bugs and little lizards to eat; bigger ones who ate the little ones; and some much bigger ones that [...]

By | 2021-03-01T19:40:09+00:00 March 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Courage: An Historic Teaching Moment

My generation was weaned on John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.  I can’t remember, without looking, just who the future president wrote about, but in that less partisan time, and rooted in his experience as a young officer in World War II, the gateway for inclusion was certainly not political. Today, most educators believe that [...]

By | 2021-02-14T17:13:39+00:00 February 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Big Takeaway #1 From the Pandemic Year: Your Campus Is Not Your School

Post #1 in a series of seven: big takeaways from the pandemic year for school leadership teams. Great learning is not dependent on buildings, classrooms, or even campuses. Great learning can take place anywhere. Great learning is dependent on relationships, engagement, and intrinsic motivation, and these can be both amplified and dampened in a traditional school [...]

By | 2021-01-29T17:30:06+00:00 January 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Biggest Problem to Solve for Independent Schools? A Quick Pulse Check

In our free monthly "If Not Now?" gathering, John Gulla and I asked attendees (mostly independent school folks for this event) to discuss and then post the biggest problem that needs solving at their school.  It was no surprise that financial sustainability came in at Number 1; we have known for decades that the independent [...]

By | 2021-01-18T15:52:56+00:00 January 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments