Category Archives: Leadership

Reflections: on life, learning, and finding a metric for meaning

As I was packing up my office — the flotsam and jetsam of 13 years as superintendent and 43 years total in school work — someone walked in and commented, “can’t you throw most of this stuff out?” In that moment I held … Continue reading

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The Class of 2018: Gen Z

  The end of the school year is always a time for joy as we celebrate our high school graduates who leave us, some ready for adulthood and others a bit tenuous as they take first steps to try out … Continue reading

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Reflections upon …. Inspiration Ratio: How Do We Sustain the Love of Learning? by Tony Borash

Seven years ago, one evening after my colleagues had left the office floor we shared I spent some time thinking about teachers, 27 actually, whom I had experienced as a learner growing up in the rural Low Country of South … Continue reading

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When A New Year Begins: Reflections on the Past

It’s interesting that we mark the beginning of a new year just after the moment in time of the longest day of the year and the beginning of winter. I always think of new as being that which occurs in … Continue reading

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Habitable Worlds of Learning

I watched the Paralympics held in Rio last summer and I was both amazed and inspired by the drive, resilience, passion, and accomplishment of people we label as disabled but who, in many cases, can athletically outperform the average person … Continue reading

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Becoming Educated: More Questions Than Answers

What if we were designing learning spaces where kids would develop and sustain personal understanding? Empathy? Collaborative competencies? Social-emotional learning? (Creating collective social efficacy in a school community) What if thinking in every way possible — collaborative, creative, logical, analytical, effectual, entrepreneurial — became … Continue reading

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Thinking Beyond the School Box: Inspired Architecture + Contemporary Learning

I recently visited our newest multi-age space redesign in a small rural elementary school. When we began the process to modernize this school, we knew we had to design and build new space from the inside out.  The school had … Continue reading

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The Last Lesson Plan: On Losing a Teacher

What lesson plan would you want written in your memory by your school community? That question was framed for me in the most recent of many losses of a school community member across my career. If you work as an … Continue reading

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Beyond the Sky: Imagine That!

When learners get access to opportunities that allow them to pursue interests, find their learning passions, and develop agency, voice, and influence, we change the impossibilities of school as we have known it to possibilities that we have only dreamed. Continue reading

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Searching for Frankl’s Meaning: The Decent and the Principled, How we Define Who We Are as Individuals, Communities, a Nation

In life, everyone experiences regrets. Daniel Pink reported a study on what constitutes the greatest source of regrets that we Americans experience- loves lost or perhaps never found, career disappointments or paths not chosen, in-actions rather than actions taken. A … Continue reading

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