What is happening? Bringing the team back for the new school year

What is happening? Margaret Wheatley states that all leadership is dependent on our context and that the context is dependent on our relationships.  What is the state of our relationships and what is our context?  Many of us have been thinking deeply about these questions during the Coronavirus pandemic and as a result of theContinue reading “What is happening? Bringing the team back for the new school year”

The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements

In Learner-Centered Leadership I wrote: “Even more bewildering is the way that we allocate time to these courses.  Just about every high school in the US awards five credits for a ninety-hour course, and I have found very few educators who understand how we came to organize ourselves into this model … We award ‘credit’Continue reading “The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements”

Start with Strengths: Developing Agency through Learner Profiles

“If we want learners to drive their own experience, the development, design, and implementation of a data model must be focused on how learners can optimally access, own, and influence their outcomes” Learner-Centered Leadership, p. 106 We are just weeks away from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.  Given recent events and increasing casesContinue reading “Start with Strengths: Developing Agency through Learner Profiles”

Shifting from Challenge to Possibility

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on July 5, 2020. There are no shortage of challenges in our current context. COVID-19 positive tests are growing at a rapid clip and we are setting new records on a daily basis.  Experts are indicating that we are at least twelve months away from any type of vaccine. Continue reading “Shifting from Challenge to Possibility”

Focus on Trust and Relationships – The Origins of VIDA

The following is an excerpt from Learner-Centered Leadership At one point in my work at Vista, I had been wrestling with the question of what to do about an underperforming middle school that we were converting into a magnet school. Washington Middle School had for many years been in program improvement status. Student enrollment wasContinue reading “Focus on Trust and Relationships – The Origins of VIDA”

Grateful and Frustrated

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on June 21, 2020. I am so grateful.  I am so frustrated.  Such an odd mix and such an odd experience.   Let me start with gratitude.  I am grateful to be alive.  I am grateful to be healthy.  I am grateful for my family and especially grateful to haveContinue reading “Grateful and Frustrated”

Reinvention of a Tradition: Drive-Thru Graduation and the Class of 2020

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on June 14, 2020. My daughter graduated from high school last week.  Along with the other graduates of the Class of 2020, her senior year has been unique, remarkable, and challenging.  Her adaptability, resilience, and positivity has been impressive and inspiring.  And yet the sense of loss is profound. Continue reading “Reinvention of a Tradition: Drive-Thru Graduation and the Class of 2020”

Now Is the Time for Creative Disruption

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on June 7, 2020. “Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges.” ― Margaret Wheatley The time is now. Like many others, I’ve been reading, sharing, and tryingContinue reading “Now Is the Time for Creative Disruption”

Killer Mike and Learner-Centered Leadership

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on May 31, 2020. “I don’t want to be here,” says Killer Mike.  And yet he’s here.  We’re here.  Riots, rage, sadness, and desperation.  If you haven’t already seen it, I encourage you to watch the speech here from Killer Mike, a rapper and activist whose father was a police officer. Continue reading “Killer Mike and Learner-Centered Leadership”

How Might We Evaluate Remote Professional Performance?

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on May 24, 2020. Last week I participated in an interesting series of conversations with school leaders around the difficulties in completing professional evaluations during this period of “emergency remote instruction” where we are physically separated from one another.  How does a principal evaluate a teacher when their pastContinue reading “How Might We Evaluate Remote Professional Performance?”