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New Day for Education

Our world has been transformed again and again in my lifetime and the new day for education is also beginning. There have been attempts to change education, the last one driven by Bill Gates and Race to the Top funding of Common Core standards and Teacher Evaluation. There is significant push back for good reason … Continue reading »

The Metropolitan Revolution

It has been a while since I have posted, in part because I have been reading so much. My daytime read is The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. It provides examples of cities and metropolitan areas coming together to plan … Continue reading »

Physics and Our Energy. Memphis Uniting!

Aligned teams of people expand energy exponentially. We are each analogous to a battery, with lots of potential energy. People’s energy quotient reflects their consciousness and physical vitality. The beauty and benefit of teams is that the energy and health of the individuals involved improves. Psychological needs of safety, belonging (said to be a stronger … Continue reading »

Golden Rule Schools

What if we had schools based on the golden rule, where we treat each other the way we want to be treated? Too idealistic, you say? I think it is possible. It would take visionary leadership and a bonded, aligned adult team, clear expectations and consistent fair consequences for students. It would lift the energy … Continue reading »

Learning from Shooters

How can we protect children from shooters? How can we prevent potential shooters from feeling so isolated and depressed they see no way out but death? How can we protect children from bullying? How can we change schools so they meet the social and emotional needs of children? We can teach them. We can recognize … Continue reading »

A Slap in the Face

My daughter and I were together on Saturday. We drove passed a billboard of a young white female teacher with the caption, Irreplaceable. “That is a slap in the face to all the rest of us teachers.” my daughter said. Memphis City Schools has singled out some teachers as irreplaceable, which leaves the vast majority … Continue reading »

Being Neutral

The ability to hold a neutral attitude is the skill that could have saved me a lot of emotional energy. When I encountered Ivan in the Moral Dilemma Alligator River (a teaching story in Values Clarification, it was difficult to imagine a character who wouldn’t take a stand, state an opinion, be part of the … Continue reading »

Why I like and don’t like PBIS

Let’s begin with the positive. PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) provides a framework that can help in organizing the way adults function and assist children. Many people across the nation and around the world use PBIS and report the benefits. The founders, George Sugai and Rob Horner, articulate the vision and are both consummate … Continue reading »

Why I Love Teaching (and Learning)

All humans love to learn, at least their brains do. Sometimes we get turned off by ridicule, failure, or boredom. Luckily for me, I had many inspired and inspiring teachers. I’ve come to realize that it is almost impossible to teach what you are not, so inspiration and enthusiasm belong in the process, making learning … Continue reading »