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Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim?

Even as horrible an act as was committed by Nikolas Cruz, and nothing to me seems more horrible than taking the lives of innocent people with an automatic assault-grade rifle, I still wonder:  Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim? In news coverage Broward school superintendent Bob Runcie indicated that there was at least one school […]

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Trump Rubbing off on MD Politicians?

Leadership’s most powerful weapon is perhaps MODELING. And Trump’s outrageous leadership behavior may be modeling/rubbing off on state and local politicians in MD and elsewhere.  See this Baltimore Sun piece for example (link below). There was a school superintendent who did some very good work for kids in Baltimore County MD.  Along the way he […]

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Reflections from Retiring NWEA CEO Matt Chapman

K-12 Education is a lot better off for the 11 years of service Matt Chapman gave to us through his work as CEO of NWEA. Here is his final blog post–hope you enjoy it! One for the Road Thursday, January 25, 2018 Posted on behalf of Matt Chapman I’ve had a lot of exciting opportunities […]

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Pat Greco in WI! More good news.

Just in. Colleague Pat Greco named 2017 Wisconsin school superintendent of the year. Forward thinker. Innovator. Strong and principled leader. http://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/northwest/news/menomonee-falls/2017/11/13/falls-superintendent-pat-greco-named-wisconsin-superintendent-year/852980001/

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Pierce Frauenheim: Character Builder

See this exciting story about Pierce Frauenheim and his remarkable legacy and incredible family. Besides the terrific sports record of Pierce and his family, this article hints at Pierce’s effect on athletes and their character. But it does not go into the depth of his long career of building strong character in so many athletes […]

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“Bad Actors” must be held accountable!

Important piece by CTAC’s Joe Frey is linked below. To make education work for every student in America, we must have a strong array of options and meaningful choice in every community. Compelling non-profit and for-profit offerings are a must. But, when for-profit interests in financial results trump quality and academic results, that is just […]

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Are we Turning the Corner on Bullying?

Regarding the persistent problems of school bullying, I wonder if we are turning the corner?  Are kids standing up to these challenges in sufficient numbers?  Are we more regularly drilling to the core of personal and emotional problems driving these dangerous behaviors of the perpetrators?  This video clip give me hope… http://abc7chicago.com/society/4-star-chicagoan-female-rapper-lizzie-g-/2404204/

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Teacher/Academic Arrogance or?

Check out Jay M’s OpEd in Washington Post. When it comes to high school kids demonstrating mastery of a course or unit of study, come on now… No one thinks we should foster cheating, but don’t we know enough about varying forms of demonstrating mastery?! It doesn’t have to always be answering questions on a […]

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