Now Is the Time for Creative Disruption

This was originally posted to 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”

How Might We Evaluate Remote Professional Performance?

This was originally posted to 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?”

Looking Back to Step Forward: After Action Reviews

This was originally posted to on May 11, 2020. As we are approaching the end of this atypical school year, school leaders are working hard to finish strong as they also are developing multiple scenarios for next year.  The level of uncertainty for the fall is creating conditions that make it exceedingly difficult toContinue reading “Looking Back to Step Forward: After Action Reviews”

A New Way Forward … Together

This was originally posted to on May 3, 2020. Last week a coalition of partners organized a free, online summit called “A New Way Forward.”  Our organization, Altitude Learning, partnered with Boundless, Design 39 Campus, Education Reimagined, Getting Smart, and Big Picture Learning to put on the event.  Using social media, a few emails, and word of mouth, close to 2,000Continue reading “A New Way Forward … Together”

Learner-Centered Leadership Book Launch!

This post was originally published to on April 26, 2020. I am honored and humbled to share that my first book, Learner-Centered Leadership, launched this past week.  Copied below is the text from the back cover of the book which was written before COVID-19.  While I never anticipated that we would be in the midstContinue reading “Learner-Centered Leadership Book Launch!”

Coronavirus and Learner-Centered Leadership

This post was originally published on on April 18, 2020. In a few days my first book, Learner-Centered Leadership, will be published.  I hear stories about how other authors have worked in a zen-like state where elegant prose effortlessly flowed through the writer into the manuscript.  That wasn’t my experience at all.  I struggled, nearlyContinue reading “Coronavirus and Learner-Centered Leadership”

3 Urgent Systemic Shifts to Better Serve Learners

This post was originally published on on April 5, 2020. Almost two decades ago I wrote a paper on key shifts to move from mechanical, industrial-age education to a more biological, information-age approach.  While I had no idea that we would now be radically redesigning education during a global pandemic, it was clear that rapid changesContinue reading “3 Urgent Systemic Shifts to Better Serve Learners”

Unprecedented Times: 3 Suggestions for School Leaders

This post was originally published at on March 14, 2020. Hard to believe but it was almost three years ago that I transitioned from Superintendent to my current role.  As an administrator, I have dealt with fires, power outages, earthquakes, excessive heatwaves, a school shooting, and a host of challenges.  With that said, neverContinue reading “Unprecedented Times: 3 Suggestions for School Leaders”

Context Matters: Maple Syrup, Mass Transit, and Meaningful Learning

This post was originally published on on March 7, 2020. I was visiting schools in Vermont and had the opportunity to observe an inspiring, engaging, relevant, and meaningful program that they had developed.  Students at one of the local high schools were engaged in all aspects of producing maple syrup and then marketing and selling itContinue reading “Context Matters: Maple Syrup, Mass Transit, and Meaningful Learning”

Educational Leadership and Modern Assembly Lines

This post was originally published on on January 26, 2020. At the beginning of the industrial era, American schools were re-designed to align with the needs of the emerging workforce and economy.  As a result, education became mass produced and our systems and structures in many ways resembled the principles of industrial manufacturing.  OneContinue reading “Educational Leadership and Modern Assembly Lines”