Category Archives: Leadership

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 recently in the most recent of many losses of a school community member across my career. If you work as … 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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Remembering 9/11: America’s Children

My mother once made one of those off-handed parental comments that can either fly right over a child’s head or catch a child’s attention and result in a question. I think I was about twelve then and what my mother … Continue reading

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Getting to Yes

Have you ever agreed to something and then wondered if it was the smartest thing you ever did? That happened to me last spring. A colleague shared with me that a group of middle school kids was on a mission … Continue reading

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Winter Reflections on Time , Technology, Teaching, and Star Trek

A wake up call from a changing workforce .. This past August , I pulled 4–5 old tech items out of a bag at our New Teacher Academy as part of a welcome message to educators joining our learning community. … Continue reading

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To Write is to Make: Reflecting on Paul Oh’s Words

I read a Medium post yesterday morning, “Writing as Making” written by Paul Oh. Paul is a favorite educator and one of my earliest connectors (@poh) on twitter. He serves as a Senior Program Associate for the National Writing Project. … Continue reading

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The Pendulum or the Butterfly

“If not us, who? If not now, when?” Governor George Romney to the Michigan Legislature (9/20/63) What compels us? Pulls us? Catalyzes us? Connects us? Who are we and what are we doing in this profession? In this public sector? … Continue reading

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Connectivity, Connections, and Connectedness #iste2015 #satchat

Saturday morning, #satchat entered my room live from #iste2015 in Philadelphia… I was still in couch-based PD mode although the crowd was gathering in Philadelphia already and I hoped to soon connect face-to-face with friends and colleagues there. Some I … Continue reading

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Remembering a Teacher

This time of year always brings bittersweet memories as I reflect on another school year almost brought to closure – children’s school journeys ending in June’s transition to summer. Most years end with great joy, but I have for many … Continue reading

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