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Surviving the New Age of Accountability

Surviving the New Age of Accountability

The first day of school for the Wickenburg Unified School District was August 8th – August 8th at 8:00 a.m., to be specific. At precisely 8:10 a.m., during a record heat wave in Arizona, the air conditioning units in Wickenburg High School went down. On the same day, we enrolled... Read the full article >
Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Key Trends and Implications for Elementary and Secondary Educators and Policy Makers

Accountability is a loaded term. Although it can mean many different things to different people, in the elementary and secondary context, the term has come to represent a set of expectations and obligations associated with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) – which has provided the overarching... Read the full article >
A New Paradigm - Putting All Students in the Driver's Seat

A New Paradigm - Putting All Students in the Driver's Seat

Today’s students are more connected, more aware and more in touch than any earlier generation. They’re connected to technologies that personalize and empower independent learning. Developing skills to navigate the wealth of knowledge and resources available to them today; they often become their own best teacher. They learn to love... Read the full article >
“You Say You Want a Revolution”

“You Say You Want a Revolution”

John Lennon’s immortal words apply to our quest to redesign America’s education system. One that is better for all stakeholders, especially our students. Our challenge: How do we extract ourselves from this century plus, time-based dinosaur of a public education system that we find ourselves stuck in? I had a... Read the full article >
It’s not Complicated — But it’s Seriously Difficult

It’s not Complicated — But it’s Seriously Difficult

Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, one might think that Angela Ripley’s new book on education around the world, The Smartest Kids in the World, offers surprising... Read the full article >
The Unique Policy Opportunities Afforded by Today’s Funding Challenges

The Unique Policy Opportunities Afforded by Today’s Funding Challenges

As the nation continues to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, it is becoming abundantly clear that the funding levels of our nation’s schools are not going to return to pre-recession levels. This funding crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to recreate the current K-12 landscape. The impact... Read the full article >
Questions to Guide Technology Integration

Questions to Guide Technology Integration

I asked them several questions, and I have included in this article some that I believe are most important. Some of these questions are adapted from the Principals Technology Leadership Assessment from Castle and others are questions of my own. Some of these questions are for the leader, while others... Read the full article >
Leadership Opportunities: Feminine Educational Leadership in the Arab World

Leadership Opportunities: Feminine Educational Leadership in the Arab World

A Story to Tell In 2005, I was nominated to head Makassed / Khaled bin al-Walid al-Horj College (KBWH). Now just being a candidate to lead KBWH College, was an honor many principals of the 50 Makassed Islamic Philanthropic Association of Beirut (MIPA) Schools worked hard to achieve. Yet for... Read the full article >
The New Teacher Leader Model Standards: Teacher Leaders are Here, But Do Our Schools Know What to do With Us?

The New Teacher Leader Model Standards: Teacher Leaders are Here, But Do Our Schools Know What to do With Us?

Several years ago I was invited to address a group of participants in an Administrators’ Academy held at a local university. At the time I was president of a large school district union and was also one of the first National Board Certified teachers in my area. The instructor asked... Read the full article >
School Boards: Local Leadership and Responsibility for the Future

School Boards: Local Leadership and Responsibility for the Future

Several years ago, I witnessed a conversation between a new assistant superintendent in my school district and the superintendent. The assistant superintendent was mulling over a question posed by an elementary principal and asked for the superintendent’s advice. Instead of giving his opinion, the wise superintendent advised his assistant to... Read the full article >