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Turning around Failing Schools-Colleagues, this is on us!

There is a piece in the Denver Post, Feb. 21, 2012 on turning around failing schools.  Link is: http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_20007363?source=commented-news Sure it is tough to do this work.  As we know, those funded with federal dollars to do this work have four options: • Turnaround: replacing 50 percent of the staff and hiring a new principal. • Restart: […]

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Mathematics and Science Lesson Planning

Colleagues: Those who have responsibility to plan lessons or support teachers in lesson planning in Mathematics and Science, you must take a deep look at http://www.goorulearning.org/ Gooru Learning is free and something I heard a great deal about at the Idaho Superintendents meeting earlier this week.  To look deeply, ou must register (for free). Amazing intellectual […]

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Better Serving our Students from Poverty Backgrounds

One of the most passionate and talented school principals I have worked is Lavinia Smith.  Principal Smith referred to each one of her students as “her angel”.  Smith also referred their “beautiful home” even after visiting each student’s individual home in the deeply impoverished neighborhood where she led the school.  The neighborhood was in-fact in […]

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Kids pushing us into the future~

Good morning–headed from chilly Philly to sunny St. Augustine, after a great dinner meeting with Philadelphia school superintendent Dr. Lee Nunery and former Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman.  It is interesting and quite appalling to learn how so many educators are working hard to fix structural deficits (as Nunery currently faces and Huberman faced previously […]

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IMSA Design Charrette

On December 3, 2011, I had the privilege of facilitating the first ever Design Charrette for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy–a residential school for scholarly high school students.  The Design Charrette served to work-out intense plans and strategies for the future growth and accelerated impact IMSA is to have on students, teachers, and our whole […]

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