Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

What matters most for the learner’s experience–and what I care about most–is the development and promotion of voice and exploration.  I feel just as strongly that the one item missing in that statement is the cultivation of faculty voice and exploration. If a school wants to be moving from good to great; if a school… Continue reading Cultivating Faculty Voice for a Better School

Building Equity in the Classroom

This is not a blog post about investing in classroom shares, nor is it an article about starting a stock market club for your students. This is really about excellence in pedagogy; specifically, I want to discuss what should be among the highest of the teacher’s aim:  to elicit engagement and questions from each and… Continue reading Building Equity in the Classroom

The Organic Way to Stop Bullying in Schools

Can bullying ever be defeated in schools? I’ve attended several workshops on the topic of bullying over the years, and presenters at these workshops always say it is impossible to eliminate bullying. These counselors and psychologists who lead these workshops say that bullying can only be lessened or minimized. Often their presentations conclude with a… Continue reading The Organic Way to Stop Bullying in Schools

Should We Cool It With Homework?

I often seek out, proactively, feedback from parents on how our school is doing and how their child’s experience is going. Cafes, hallways, phone calls, focus groups, Starbucks, chit-chat along the soccer sidelines—wherever.  These occasions would be me reaching out to parents, not parents setting appointments with me regarding specific elements of their child’s experience. … Continue reading Should We Cool It With Homework?

Whole Child Pathway to Highly Capable Students

As an educator who is striving to mobilize faculty and staff to fully address the complex needs of a wide range of learners, one area that emerges as both frustrating and very promising is how we address the needs of the highly capable students. Let me speak first about these two terms: “highly capable” and… Continue reading Whole Child Pathway to Highly Capable Students

Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Last week I attended a workshop at Harvard for corporate and organizational leaders on “Design Thinking” (thus the absence of my weekly blog posting last Friday). There is a lot I anticipate sharing with colleagues about this workshop, and this experience I know will feed future postings on my site. It truly was transformative for… Continue reading Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Schools—Should They Be Run More Like Corporations?

Over the last sixteen years, as I have headed private schools in four cities, I have encountered an increasing penchant among parents and board members in our school communities for using corporate lingo in their conversations about our schools and where they should be going:  Measurables, data, outcomes, entrepreneurial, innovation, cutting-edge, competitive advantage, business model,… Continue reading Schools—Should They Be Run More Like Corporations?