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It’s been very busy on my end over the past month. I released my second podcast, published my first flash-read on Amazon, and have crisscrossed the country. Despite all of the good stuff, those who aren’t fans of mine capitalized on some mistakes that were made under my watch. As a superintendent, the buck stops […]

Change Management: #Engage109 Represents 2nd-Order Change

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“Life begins at the end ofyour comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch My work as a school leader brings me to change management often. From graduate school, to post doctoral leadership programs I have received a great deal of information about change management. Often I use a graphic from the Satir Model of change to […]

This is the Year You Become a Connected Educator. Here’s How.

Does your doctor use leeches? Does your dentist use doorknobs and string? Of course not. If we want medical professionals using contemporary practices, shouldn’t we expect the same from other professions, especiallyteachers? The best way to stay current is to be a connected educator. Being a connected educator means using social media to improve your […]

R.I.G.O.R: Really Intensive Geared Operational Respect for Learning


Do we all define rigor the same way? With rigor being one of the biggest buzz words in education right now, teachers and administrators have to make sure we are all on the same page regarding what we believe it means. Like many concepts in education, rigor is a word, heard often, but never really […]

A Tragic Loss and a Lesson…I Hope


I really can’t say that I knew Deven Black all that well. Because I’d learned he was a thoughtful and well-known educator, I had called upon him to be a commentator for a couple of shows on BAM Radio Network. He happily accepted my invitation. When I asked what topics he would most like to […]

Does Twitter have a minimum age requirement?


Twitter used to be very clear that you had to be 13 to use their site. In fact, if you look at the image in this post (or at the prior terms of service), you can see that previously, it was the first bullet in the “Basic Terms” section. On September 18, 2009, Twitter released […]

5 Things We Need to Stop Pretending


I stumbled upon a couple of posts recently highlighting 5 things we need to stop pretending in education. Here’s my contribution (in no particular order). We need to stop pretending… 1)That the way we talk about incoming students (new to a class or new to a school) has no impact on the way we treat […]

Leading in a culture of connection, connecting and connectivity


To reach a port, we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt As a connected educator and as a public schoolsuperintendent my mission is to engage, inspire, and empower leaders, staff, students, parents, and the community in support of student learning. In order to recharge my batteries […]

LeadingED – Social Media for Leaders


Twitter is quite possibly the best source of professional learning for educators and educational leaders – it’s free, it breaks barriers of time and space and it’s full of thought leaders who show innovation and leadership in real time and in real settings. School leaders are finding more and more connections with like minded – […]

Listening Between the Lines


I recently woke up and realized that over the last eight years I’ve been a fly on the wall in over 2,500 discussions between some of the most thoughtful, passionate and fascinating educators in the nation–from wildly influential thought leaders like Sir Ken Robinson, Diane Ravitch, Randi Weingarten, and Secretary Arne Duncan to the next […]