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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Five Books on Growing Culture

Culture – Five Books on Growing Culture  “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer “Strategy eats culture for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker Fitting it all together Sometimes you work on one section of a jigsaw puzzle…

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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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Strategic Voice

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Strategic Voice – A Review of … Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders By Dan R Ebener, and Frederick L Smith, 2015, Paulist Press Strategic Voice   Looking ahead builds forward momentum.  Post-pandemic we need fresh voices for the future.  This short book offers great ideas for engaging staff and community in strategic thinking and…

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Review – The Infinite Game

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The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Simon Sinek Famous for Start with WHY, Sinek has a new book out.  The Infinite Game compares two different ways of thinking:  The Finite Game where we play for victory.  Or the Infinite Game where we play for fulfillment. Finite Leaders: For far too long, he says, we have…

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Checking for Understanding – Making Shared Meaning

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Checking for Understanding – Making Shared Meaning Creating consistent success requires entire departments and buildings and grade levels to work as a team – which requires exceptional coordination and two way communication.  Like a good athletic team, we want to maximize our impact by coordinating our efforts. Here are some lessons learned about how we…

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Leading for Professional Learning

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Leading for Professional Learning:What successful principals do to support teaching practice By Anneke Markholt, Joanna Michelson, and Stephen Fink This is a great book about learning from practice (see blog post on Learning by Doing). The authors, all associated with the University of Washington, Center for Educational Leadership, have captured the nuance and essence of…

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