We have reached the point where students can literally turn down the volume on their teacher. The dynamics of education have clearly changed. If traditional, compliance-driven approaches worked to engage students before, they absolutely will not work during a global pandemic and they are not likely to be effective in the future where we anticipateContinue reading “COVID 19 is accelerating the educational shift from compliance to agency”
This past week the Association of California School Administrators published an interview with me in EdCal. This was an opportunity for me to reflect on our current context and to highlight some inspiring innovations that are emerging during the pandemic. As we approach the end of 2020, it also feels like a good time toContinue reading “Listening To Our Learners”
As a Superintendent I learned to think about worst case scenarios. But I could not have predicted when the pandemic started that we would be where we are: part way through a second disrupted school year, facing the worst case counts to date, grappling with mounting evidence of the impact on learning loss and dropContinue reading “Five “how might we?” questions for educators during an ongoing crisis”
Equitable access to meaningful learning is the way to build a brighter future. Ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to achieve their potential is not only the ethical imperative of our time, it is the way to prepare for the era of accelerating change that is now upon us. Empowering all of usContinue reading “The path ahead: How might we prepare now for year-round school?”
Hierarchical systems are designed to create stability and order. During times of rapid change, information bottlenecks impede efficiencies and create stress throughout the organization. Simply put, hierarchies and bureaucratic systems were not designed for adaptation. Right now, during this global pandemic, it is a time of constant change and we must reimagine our systems andContinue reading “Navigating the New Normal: 3 Change Management Frameworks for Educational Leaders”
I love the feature on my phone that brings up “On this day” photos and I was recently reminded that five years ago I was at the White House for the #GoOpen event, speaking with educational leaders from across the country about my excitement regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). Vista Unified School District was oneContinue reading “There has never been a better time for OER”
For individuals, teams, and organizations it is always helpful to have clarity on where you are going, how you intend to get there, and how you will know if you are making progress. This need is particularly acute during times of great uncertainty. Now, seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, is definitely one of thoseContinue reading “A Simple Framework for Setting School Goals During a Pandemic”
These are trying times. The news headlines in a single day can be overwhelming. New terms such as “doomscrolling” captures the essence of ongoing crisis conditions. As the saying goes, “where your attention goes, energy flows.” And so I choose to be selective in where I focus my attention, knowing that I need inspiration andContinue reading “7 Blogs and Podcasts to Inspire Innovative Leadership”
People that know me well would describe me as being an “even” person. While we all have our ups and downs, I tend to have a fairly consistent disposition where I tend not to get too excited and I am not quick to be angered. I’ve learned to take good care of myself as aContinue reading “A rational appeal for more compassion”
Parents – you have been amazing through this pandemic. You’ve rolled with uncertainty, adjusted to unimaginable logistical complexity, and done your best to support learning at home. You’ve done it all while expressing empathy and support for teachers, principals and others trying their best to navigate the pandemic alongside them. I’m a parent too, andContinue reading “Three questions every parent should be asking their school right now”
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