Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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My favorite teacher is a man named Colin Hopper. He was an Abe Lincoln doppelganger who had a passion for history. He single-handedly turned my least favorite subject as a 10th grader into my future profession. He would encourage debate, treat teenagers like adults, and force me to think. I would leave his class so fired up sometimes the entire lunch conversation was about the debate in History class. Man, could that guy teach. He taught me to love learning. More importantly, he taught me to love thinking. A close second for me was Ronald Sawin. I was a student who did not need much help to do well in school. At a time in my life when I did need help, Mr. Sawin was there. He gave of himself…
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Elon Musk shares a vision for the future

Elon Musk shares a vision for the future

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If you think you dream big - you clearly have not heard Elon Musk speak. This 40 minute excerpt hits on a myriad of topics including space colonization, underground tunnels to alleviate traffic, solar powered houses, and a future you can think about without being sad. https://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_future_we_re_building_and_boring?platform=hootsuite
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What sets successful CEOs apart?

What sets successful CEOs apart?

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Really engaging read from Harvard Business Review detailing four key characteristics of successful leaders. This is just one great excerpt from the article you are linked to below Legends about CEOs who always seem to know exactly how to steer their companies to wild success seem to abound in business. But we discovered that high-performing CEOs do not necessarily stand out for making great decisions all the time; rather, they stand out for being more decisive. They make decisions earlier, faster, and with greater conviction. https://hbr.org/2017/05/what-sets-successful-ceos-apart
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The Price of Progress

The Price of Progress

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast - Drucker Education is changing rapidly. Every year, as the world we are preparing students for changes, so too must education. I admit, as an educator, the change can be daunting at times, but not only is it the appropriate thing to do it can also be exhilarating. In a great number of schools and districts throughout the nation, however, the change process is something that is feared and in essence conspired against by cultures that reinforce a B,C,D culture. B,C,D cultures focus on (B) blaming others, (C) complaining, and (D) defending personal actions or the status quo. This concept and codification of the behaviors was recently popularized by Urban Meyer’s book Above the Line. As we start to think about B,C,D behaviors let’s not…
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7 Tips for Transforming Parent Teacher Conferences

7 Tips for Transforming Parent Teacher Conferences

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How many of you have sat through a Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) that has been an utter disaster? I know I have been on both sides of the desk when a PTC has gone awry and actually serves to fracture or diminish relationships between the parent and teacher. Think about it – PTCs are just about the most public representation of our school system that exists and the most systematic effort to engage families in the educational experience. Therefore, PTCs are hugely important, but are not commonly treated as such. Despite their importance, most leaders do not set expectations or provide training for the teachers on how to conduct a successful PTC. From the perspective of a former teacher, current administrator, and demanding dad I have constructed a template that if…
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