Best Educational Practices

Dare to Dream of Change

We must recognize differences as we assess students – there is no single test to measure every student’s mastery. How we provide instruction, inspire creativity, embrace diversity and empower greatness must be personalized . . . education can’t take place…

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…

Storms Happen

The following is an excerpt from “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom, page 93, from a sermon by Rabbi Albert Lewis. “A man seeks employment on a farm.  He hands his letter of recommendation to his new employer.  It…

Education is in Our DNA

Summer has a special place in our society. From Alice Cooper’s Schools out for Summer to The Summer of ’69 with Bryan Adams there is a certain magic about the warm, long sun filled days of summer. Without a doubt summer…

Making Learning Relevant

What is the purpose of K-12 schooling? Think for a moment before coming up with an answer. Consider what you believe truly matters. Is it preparation for college? Preparation for a career? Support in growing to be an individual who…

Oh to be a Teacher…

So I went for a run yesterday through a park close to where I live. It was a gorgeous summer-like day, and it felt like the entire neighborhood was out enjoying the sunshine…families having picnics, people fishing in the pond,…

What You Ignore, You Permit.

In a recent post titled, Nuggets of Wisdom from Mentors Around the World, many influential educators including Todd Whitaker, Eric Sheninger, Pernille Ripp, Scott McLeod and Lyn Hilt contributed valuable advice passed down from their mentors. One particular nugget of…