Author Archive for Dave Meister

Dave Meister is the Director of Illinois' first Cooperative High School. His duties include leading the learning community at PCHS as well as serving as the Board of Education's chief executive responsible for guiding it in it's governance of the cooperative high school. Dave blogs about learning, technology and the happenings at PCHS on his blog.

Show Them Your Lighter Side

I was glancing through my Twitter feed this morning (yes, I am still around, just not as loud) and a title caught my eye. “Principals are People 2” by Tony Sinanis.  His words soon had me reflecting about the evolution of…

Examining My Core Values

I sometimes become frustrated about administrating in a public school. I guess it is especially easy to be frustrated at the end of a school year. The students are burnt out. The teachers are ready for some time off to…

Too Much Technology?

What is it that makes a public school valuable?  Is it the information it provides?  Is it the opportunities that are available there? Going forward in these times of inter-connectivity, where the physical school building and the learning experiences are…

All of Our Students!

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a parent that has really set me to thinking about many things.  Sometimes there are  situations where students go way beyond the expectations of educators and achieve what was thought…

Avoiding Obsolescence

How do we make changes in public education that will transcend the model of education that is so entrenched in many of our schools? There are no easy answers.  Many people outside of the education profession believe we need to…

Avoiding the Revolution?

When did the stone age flintknappers actually realize that their skills had become obsolete?  Do you think they looked around at the folks who were working on making a hotter fire, shake their heads and say, “We have to emphasize…

A Learning Observation

I have pledged to make myself spend two half days a week (at a minimum) doing nothing but visiting classrooms.  I want to connect with students, see the work that they are doing, watch my staff and highlight the exemplary…

New Directions

One of the things we do at PCHS shortly after the school term ends is have the faculty meet for what we call school improvement days.  These are not the days where we pour over test scores and find ways…

It's About Building Relationships

As always, I have been reading a lot about what to do to make schools better.  Some of what I read lately is just downright ludicrous!  Pay students for grades, put more kids into excellent teacher’s classrooms, hire business leaders to run…

Sit N' Get

Now that you have decided to read this because you think this is going to be an assault on teacher directed instruction, or one size fits all professional development,  I am actually going to propose that we do some sittin’ n’…

Are You Willing to Connect?

If we really believe that the best ideas come from the confluence of many thinkers with different angles on the same set of principles, then we should be willing to come together to talk, debate and share on a regular…

Listening

Have you really ever tried to listen? Not just attend to. Not just look at, nod the head and verbalize an affirmative to someone. To really listen you have to consider what is being said, try to understand from the…