Discernment for our times

Discernment – A Road Map Here is a roadmap to this double-issue of eight entries. The world has changed Less and less of our world is settled and predictable. More and more is unsettled and unpredictable.  Discernment—knowing when to hold, fold, walk away, or find a better way—is at a premium. Turnover Never have we…

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One District’s Equity Journey

Puyallup’s Equity Journey  An interview with Dr. John Polm, Superintendent of Puyallup (WA) Schools. The Journey Begins Over the last decade Puyallup’s demographic has shifted.  From 18% Free and Reduced Lunch to 40%.  From 20% diversity to 47%.  Equity work began in 2017, mostly in curriculum and professional development. Professional Learning Timeline Looking back, Puyallup’s…

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More books on discernment and equity

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More Books … I’ll start with a list of books that fit our theme of discernment … and adaptive leadership (last month’s theme) … here are several titles that resonate: Leadership … discernment Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust by Adam Kahane  | Jun 5, 2017 This…

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Advancing Equity in Times of COVID

Doing the Right Thing The time is always right to do what is right. – MLK Jr Just too crazy Yes, we are over the top with COVID right now and racial equity is a hot topic.  AND those two together remind us that our students of color have lost the most over our two…

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More Books …

More From My Bookshelf Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy … Application and Scholarship by Mohammed Raei (Editor), Harriette Thurber Rasmussen (Editor) | December 31, 2021 Incredible book about implementing adaptive leadership – world wide – in the midst of the pandemic and other disruptions.  Great tools and ideas for teams that want to become more adaptive in our…

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MORE … from my bookshelf

MORE Books of interest in Leadership, Equity, World Travel … and Best Sellers Hope Finding Muchness: How to Add More Life to Life by Kobi Yamada and Charles Santoso | Jun 29, 2021 Another winner.  Kobi Yamada writes kids books … for grown ups.  Blub says, Recommended for ages 99 and younger.  Wonderful pictures.  Whimsical.  Filled with messages of hope,…

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Community Voice

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Creating Equitable Community Voice  “A master class” in equity.  “On fire.” “Bringing justice.” “Concrete and Precise.”  Those are a few of the accolades for Dr. Gloria Henderson’s presentation, Advancing an Equity Policy, at a recent conference.   In a time of intense conflict, Dr. Henderson creates an open and honest community wide dialogue on racial equity. …

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Great Ideas – Federal Way – Board of the Year

An Interview with Dr. Tammy Campbell … Federal Way Supt … Board of the Year 2020 The Federal Way Public School’s Board of Directors was named Board of the Year for 2020 by the Washington State School Directors Association AND recognized as a school of distinction for five years in a row.  They were recognized…

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Racial Equity Teams and Improved Practice

Deliberate Practice Makes Racial Equity Teams Better Learning by doing is key to getting better.  Deep practice, according to Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) is operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes. This is what makes you smarter/better. Using school based racial equity teams to advance racial equity Practice 1: This…

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More Books on Leadership, Equity … and a Thriller

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More from my bookshelf – March 2021 More books on leadership, equity, history … and.a thriller Leadership: The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick M. Lencioni  | Feb 19, 2020 The shortest book ever.  Do we aspire to BE executives … or DO the hard work of executing?  Do…

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