6 Big Questions for Superintendents from Scott McLeod

Day two of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Institute featured Scott McLeod as the keynote speaker. Scott is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver and he is recognized as one of the top experts in the world on school technology leadership issues. His long list of accomplishmentsContinue reading “6 Big Questions for Superintendents from Scott McLeod”

#ThreeforThursday – #SummerReads

It’s summer and I am trying…again to utilize this space more often. So for attempt #1, I will endeavor to share three worthwhile things each Thursday.  My hope is that this will lead me to write something more than once a week. Hey, this is actually my second post today, but I am keeping inContinue reading “#ThreeforThursday – #SummerReads”

Four Steps for Better Decision-Making

The Keynote speaker on day 1 here at the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Institute (follow on Twitter #MASSUPTEI18) was Dan Heath. You have probably heard of Dan and his brother Chip and their four best-selling books (Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments).  Their most recent book, The Power ofContinue reading “Four Steps for Better Decision-Making”

Decisions, Decisions: It’s College Decision Time

  With the May 1 deadline looming for many families ( and mine) in regards to making the initial deposit at the school that their senior will attend, I find myself revisiting a couple of opinions I have read on the subject of choosing a college. The most recent is a piece by William Stixrud,Continue reading “Decisions, Decisions: It’s College Decision Time”

My 12-year got a cell phone

So my youngest child recently turned 12 and all she wanted for her birthday was an iPhone. Did you know she was the only student in her school of over 1,300 students without her own cellphone? Well, at least that’s how she described the dire situation. Hyperbole aside, I knew that this day was onContinue reading “My 12-year got a cell phone”

My Diigo Bookmarks 03/12/2018

  Jennifer Gonzalez on Twitter: “This #PBL workbook from @craftEDcm looks really good. Nice structure, beautiful design, thoughtful questions, and teacher tested. Check it out: https://t.co/kSF1Cvn520” This #PBL workbook from @craftEDcm looks really good. Nice structure, beautiful design, thoughtful questions, and t… https://t.co/QywIvWkDCe tags:PBL The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia The Danger of Teacher Nostalgia https://t.co/7B2hoTvqxhContinue reading “My Diigo Bookmarks 03/12/2018”

Helping Kids Strengthen Their Grit Muscles (The Parent Edition)

In a previous post, I touched upon the negative impact that schools overly focused on grades can have on our kids.  Students who just work as hard as it takes to get an A sometimes leave high school without any real experiences with overcoming obstacles, extending themselves, and really working hard.  This was not meantContinue reading “Helping Kids Strengthen Their Grit Muscles (The Parent Edition)”

A Trip To Lowell Mills

I was thrilled to accompany the Memorial third graders on their annual field trip to Lowell Mills yesterday.  I had a great time learning about the history of the textile mills that operated along the Merrimack River canal. We had an opportunity to learn about the construction of the mills and the development of theContinue reading “A Trip To Lowell Mills”

Helping Kids Strengthen Their Grit Muscles

Back in December, I read Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron. While the book centers on training athletes, a number of the insights that Bergeron shares are relevant to personal improvement.  Bergeron also has a regular podcast that you can follow on YouTube or iTunes which digs into some of the topics covered in the book. InContinue reading “Helping Kids Strengthen Their Grit Muscles”