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Ensuring student safety takes more than locking the doors

In response to recent school shootings and the cry for increased safety measures to be put in place, many school districts are re-evaluating their procedures, practices and protocols to build an understanding of where there might be gaps or cracks in their current safety and security plans. Safety in our schools encompasses issues well beyond Read the full article…

Approach People Problems with Transparent Processes

It is sometimes (but not always) easy to quantify the cost of mistakes – purchases or investments made that did not pay off, initiatives that were poorly executed, budgets that are underfunded. But what about the very real – but often less evident – costs of people-related problems? An article in the Harvard Business Review Read the full article…

The How and Why of Investing in Leadership

  “As decision-making shifts away from the federal government, it is more important than ever that our nation’s schools be led by individuals who possess the skills and technical prowess to design and adopt school improvement strategies that truly make a difference for kids.”  Alison Welcher U.S. Senate Education Committee Testimony   Beyond the Ripple Read the full article…

Anything Worth Doing is Worth the Risk of Doing Poorly

No doubt we have all experienced the (sometimes shocking!) blowback that can arise when people are unhappy with decisions that are made or problems that have arisen.  Community outrage, walkouts, public smear campaigns, etc. can make anyone a little wary of putting their neck out – even for the right thing.   This wariness can lead Read the full article…

Stop Chasing – and Start Shaping – Consensus

  Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the FUTURE. – John F. Kennedy As we watch the events unfold around budgets and legislation in Washington, there are lessons to Read the full article…

3 Things District Leaders Need to Achieve “The Dream” of Equity

“Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King…” I love the James Taylor song “Shed a Little Light” and his call to: “recognize that we are bound together in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong” That is what the drive for Read the full article…

Start 2018 Right: Avoid the Pitfalls of Failed Resolutions

Each year, the transition from one year to the next provokes reflection, optimism, and goal-setting. Around this time, we not only consider resolutions we failed to meet, we anticipate the year ahead and resolve to meet new goals.  No matter what, the new year is a new beginning – a time to start fresh.   Some Read the full article…

Quality Decisions Require Quality Thinking

December is full of decisions – personal as well as professional! From selecting the perfect gift to staffing and budget choices. Some decisions can be made quickly with little consequence, others require time, data, criteria, and careful evaluation to avoid BIG consequences. Leadership style often plays a part in how decisions are made and who Read the full article…

Context Matters: Questions for Decision Making with an Equity Lens

I remember reading about a teacher who started each school year by giving her students a simple questionnaire that asked about their lives outside of school – where do you live & with whom?  How do you get to school? What responsibilities do you have outside of school?  All of the sudden, you see the Read the full article…

Why “Why” is so Important

“Why? Because I said so!” Whether or not you have used this reasoning before, you cannot get through life without hearing it. It is often the answer of a frustrated parent, who is just too tired or too time-crunched to explain, or sometimes, they just may not have a good why! Leaders sometimes communicate this Read the full article…