Thinking About More Relevant Schools and Classrooms…(Part Two)

(Disclaimer – The concerns I have are not just about the school system where I work or the one where my students attend, they are systemic issues that everyone of us who is impacted by the education of our youth should consider.  Oh yeah, we are all impacted by the education of our youth!)The headline […]

Some Thoughts On Ed. Reform…

One of the best pieces I have read on the education reform agenda in our country appeared in The Atlantic a couple weeks ago.  The article, titled The Coming Revolution in Public Education, was written by John Tierney, a former professor and independent school teacher.  As a father of three chidlren in the K-12 public […]

Testing, Testing, 1,2,3…

 (Photo credit: MrSchuReads) As I read through Marion Brady’s great article in The Answer Sheet titled A REAL Paradigm Shift, I can’t help thinking about how difficult it is to create an educational experience for our students that is vastly different than the one we experienced ourselves.  When we talk about redesigning our curriculum, we […]

The End of Standardized Testing? Hey, A Guy Can Dream…

 (Photo credit: Ken Whytock) As many of us in education dream about a public education system that is not predicated on standardized test scores, there is actually movement in some places to put an end (or at least a pause) to the ridiculous rat race of “high-stakes testing” we have been involved in.  Sam Chaltain […]

Amanda Ripley’s Intriguing Talk On Education Reform

I came across the video above from Amanda Ripley’s talk at Pop Tech 2012 on Scott McLeod’s Blog.  It really is something that I would recommend for anyone who is concerned about the state of our schools. Ripley who is well known for her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why, is working […]

Breaking News! No More Homework! (In France)

image via In case you missed it French President Francois Hollande has vowed to eliminate homework for student in France as part of some sweeping education reforms he is proposing to lift France from its poor education ranking among countries in Europe.  President Hollande was quoted as follows on his desire to eliminate homework in the New […]

Do Schools And Educators Take Too Much Blame For Failed Reform Efforts?

As someone who is passionate about school improvement, I was very interested in a post this morning by Valerie Strauss in her Washington Post column (The Answer Sheet).  The post, titled Why almost all school reform efforts have failed, highlights the findings of David C. Berliner of Arizona State University in a new essay entitled Effects of Inequality and […]

Why School? Will Richardson Leads Us Towards Answers To This Critical Question

Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere is mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the education of their children. It is the perfect jumping off point for anyone interested in beginning or continuing a conversation on the long overdue changes that our schools need to undergo in order to […]

Education Leadership: Will Richardson’s TEDX Talk

Originally posted on the Connected Principals Blog I am always looking for entry points for our school community to engage in a meaningful discussion of our vision for students.  Will Richardson’s TEDx Talk from Melbourne, Australia (below) provides a clear description of where we need to be headed. All schools need to answer the following […]

Leadership Day 2012 – Reevaluating The Plan…

A look back to look ahead… As I gather my thoughts for this year’s Leadership Day blog contribution, I thought I would take a look back at my posts from the past two years to evaluate my efforts. Back in 2010, my post Leadership Day 2010 – Two Of My Goals For This Year focused on connecting […]