Mentors Extend Our Reach

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Mentors:  To Go Far … Go Together If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.  – African Proverb Mentors help us go farther … and many times go faster.  Virtually none of us would be where we are today without the help of others.  The question is…

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Leading High-Performance School Systems: Lessons from the World’s Best

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Leading High-Performance School Systems … by Marc Tucker A New Higher World Standard Marc Tucker heads the National Center on Education and the Economy.  For thirty years he has made the case that our students will need High Skills for High Wages.  Here in Leading High-Performance School Systems he points out that basic jobs…

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Book Review:  You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

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Book Review:  You Can’t Be What You Can’t See .  By Milbrey W. McLaughlin Opening Eyes This book is well named.  Opportunity opens the eyes of young people to new futures.  Opportunity changes lives.  Milbrey McLaughlin, professor emeritus at Stanford University, shows how an Out of School Time (OST) program in Chicago’s Cabrini Green,…

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Positive Success Mentors: My Brother’s Keeper

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Positive Success Mentors: My Brother’s Keeper Beliefs and practices are needed to close opportunity gaps. There is a wealth of good work on reframing our beliefs about institutional racism and white privilege.  Finding practices that close opportunity gaps is harder.  During my time as superintendent in Seattle, we had literally dozens of initiatives intended to…

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