An Evaluation of Risk

This post was originally published on on January 19, 2020. People make hundreds of decisions every day.  For teachers and for school leaders, there are consequences to these decisions in terms of their effect on children.  We also form habits as a way to simplify decision-making where many of our choices are fairly automatic.Continue reading “An Evaluation of Risk”

3 Essential Components for District Transformation

Learner-centered leadership begins with an orientation to relational trust.  It is through our interactions that we serve others and promote ongoing learning and development.  With that said, we also know that the work of transforming a school district requires a multi-faceted approach.  Here are the three essential components to achieve dramatic change across a system:Continue reading “3 Essential Components for District Transformation”

Assessment Implications of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

The television series “Breaking Bad” features a teacher-turned-drug-dealer who creates an alter-ego character named Heisenberg.  For many, that would be their first association with the title of this post.  To be clear, what follows will reference the work of the German physicist Werner Heisenberg and not the Bryan Cranston character.   The physicist Heisenberg is mostContinue reading “Assessment Implications of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle”

The Four Elements of Trust

Relationships are at the heart of leading and learning. As school leaders, we know this from intuition and experience. It is also clear that relationships require trust.  Research reveals that there are four elements of relational trust: consistency, compassion, competence, and communication.  Consistency is equated to predictability — in any interaction there is a degree of vulnerabilityContinue reading “The Four Elements of Trust”