Insider Scoop – A Look Behind the Scenes.

What have I been up to since my last blog? My goal in retirement has been to spend 10 hours a week on school consulting, 10 hours a week in support of non-profit leaders, and get a bit more rest and exercise than busy superintendents do.  Turns out, that means I am working pretty much…

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Investing in Fulani Children.

Schools For Africa … serving Fulani children in Nigeria. The Challenge: The Fulani people have herded cattle across Africa for generations.  As cities and farms grow, deadly conflicts break out between the Fulani herdsmen and landowners. Anti-Fulani hostility grows.  Their way of life is under constant attack, and they have nowhere to turn. Gaining Trust:…

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Growing Agency for the Common Good

Growing Agency – 90 Minutes with Peter Block – “Bringing people together as partners is our major task as leaders.” – Peter Block. Leaders get things done through and with others.  Leadership is about building strong relationships, establishing connections, and working towards the common good. While we may have specific tasks assigned, how we get…

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Review: Equity Focused Leadership

Book Review: Entry Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders – Empowering Schools and Communities By Jennifer Perry Cheatham, Rodney Thomas, and Adam Parrott-Sheffer. Read this book to “garner trust, insights, and impetus to make … transformational change.” A Powerful Framework and Resource Start strong, stay strong, and get stronger with this book.  “Entry Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders”…

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Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work

Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work Co-owned work improves outcomes and ownership. Collaborative cultures unlock teams’ full potential and drive meaningful change. Consider these strategies for creating a collaborative co-owned culture. Listen – Get on the balcony … and the dance floor Read the context; measure the energy; consider what else is going on Listen between…

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More Books on Leadership, Equity, Innovation, Belonging

More Books November 2023 Two dozen books on Leadership, Innovation, Belonging, Equity, Fiction, and Faction. Leadership BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by Jim Collins  | Dec 1, 2020 | 4.8 out of 5 stars 609 A roadmap for leaders of enduring greatness.  Recaps the lessons learned from 35 years of research on…

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Growing a culture of learning and love

An Interview with the 2023 Washington State Superintendent of the Year – Dr. Adam Swinyard, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools (SPS). Congratulations, Adam, on being named Washington State 2023 Superintendent of the Year! WASA highlighted your work as a champion of equity in announcing your well-deserved recognition as superintendent of the year.   Q.  How do you…

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Vital Signs for Education

Vital Signs for Education 4-minute recap of this month’s blogs “Vital signs” measure our essential bodily functions like pulse rate, temperature, respiration, and blood pressure. Vital signs tell us when our body is distressed and needs medical attention.   Education in Distress Public discourse is contentious. Mental health is compromised for kids and adults. Education seems…

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Chief Equity Advocate

1-minute summary; 6-minute read Core Question:  How do we touch hearts and minds for good? “Everything hangs on one’s thinking …” – Seneca “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford Core Idea: What we aim at … we eventually achieve.   Words matter. Values matter. Start by defining our north star…

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District Goals – Key to Success

District Goals – Key to Success 4-minute read Four years + four goals = student success. Focused goals, well monitored, improve learning Reeves reports that:  Focus is a prerequisite for school improvement. Focus had the highest relationship with student achievement  Focus, with effective monitoring, and adult efficacy yielded strikingly positive results for all students and…

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