2021 Top Ten

Tis the Time for Top Ten Lists I have done a TOP TEN list in a lot of different formats in the past. As I went down memory lane this year, there were a few core takeaways that I wanted to share with you before I went into the Top 10 list in earnest.  First, while 2021 was not easy, there was a tremendous amount of joy in the 365 days in my universe. In fact, it was not hard… Read More »2021 Top Ten

It is OK to be Exhausted and Overwhelmed Right Now

I have long been a fan of David Rock. I think he does an amazing job of boiling down the complex advancements in neuroscience into usable language and concepts. For me, that means he gives those of us without complex knowledge of our brain a glimpse into how our own brain works. As a bonus, if we start to begin to understand how our brain works then tangentially we can begin to understand how the brains of those we are… Read More »It is OK to be Exhausted and Overwhelmed Right Now

Yesterday, I exhaled

Nearly 12 months ago I sent an email to parents and to staff at the direction of the Governor of Illinois closing schools indefinitely. I remember vividly the Leadership Team meeting shortly before this when someone on my Leadership Team asked when I thought we would be back in session. When I replied and I told them that I did not think we would be back for the remainder of the school year. The expression on the person’s face was… Read More »Yesterday, I exhaled

A Look Behind the Curtain

Transparent Look Inside a Snow Day from a Superintendent’s Perspective The easiest way to explain a snow day from a transparent and vulnerable perspective is to provide an annotated timeline of what occurs from my lens. I am very cognizant that my lens is fallible and filled with my personal skew and bias. In this timeline I will place the commonly heard complaints. This IS NOT intended to be passive aggressive. It is just to demonstrate that I am acutely… Read More »A Look Behind the Curtain

The EduSpeak Right Now is SO Misguided

We are at an interesting inflection point in education. I think that there are a few things that we can generally agree on. In-person learning is better than remote learning for the vast majority of students. Not having in-person learning as an option is seemingly disproportionately impacting those students who are traditionally underserved. There currently exist many opportunities for us to examine our educational practices and make necessary evolutions in our process and performance. Educators are more tired, stressed, and… Read More »The EduSpeak Right Now is SO Misguided

If Schools Close, This Will Be the Reason

Tomorrow morning the buses will run and students, albeit in a limited number, will enter our doors. At that moment, for the first time in months, school will feel normal. All educators, at least the great ones I know, went into education to work with kids. Tomorrow is going to give us the opportunity to do so again. We will have an opportunity to do what it is we do best. No more excruciating hours playing arm-chair epidemiologist or health… Read More »If Schools Close, This Will Be the Reason

Why every superintendent should attend #ASUGSV at least once

A Superintendents #ASUGSV19 experience Late last year (2018) I was asked if I wanted to attend #ASUGSV. I (embarrassingly) had never heard of the event. So, I closed out that email and Google’d the event. The conference website popped up and I saw the list of former and future speakers and rushed back into my email to say I am in if the spot still existed for me. (What other conference can you hear from the likes of Andre Agassi… Read More »Why every superintendent should attend #ASUGSV at least once

Selfish Educators?

I am proud to be an educator. I think that our profession, and in particular teachers, are doing the most important work in the world knowing that they will never maximize their earning potential. Most are doing the work because it is truly their calling and they care tremendously about the students they serve. It feels awesome to type those words. It feels awesome because it is true and I am lucky to call this profession my own. While all… Read More »Selfish Educators?

The class of 2030

Great look at what is necessary to support our learners entering school today. Again, the McKinsey report never fails to help education tell its truth.