Poking Holes in the Insulation

Most of us live in an insular society – we function quite well within our little worlds. Our daily routines keep us secure and when life throws us off a bit, our insulation allows us enough security to deal with the changes. This is certainly true in my chosen profession. I am blessed to work…

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Connected Educators

The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month” and there are a variety of activities, especially webinars, which will hopefully inspire educators to explore the joy of connectivity. Here’s an email I just sent out to my staff: Hi everyone, The USDOE has deemed August “Connected Educator Month”. As part of this, there are some…

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How Can Soulful Leadership and Teaching Continue?

My former Superintendent Dick Ayers used to say, “Teaching is a contact sport”. As his central office career closed, he was witnessing the movement toward inanimate technology substituting for educators. A number of New Hampshire School Boards have advocated for decreasing school budgets by cutting teachers and increasing online opportunities. This weekend the Wall Street…

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Disney’s Organizational Chart

In a previous blog post, Discovering Wisdom in Disney’s Collaborative Style, I exalted some of the leadership advantages that Walt Disney showed during his years as a creative genius. Today I came across a blog article describing the Disney company’s organizational chart. You’ll notice that it varies greatly from the traditional hierarchical approach. Although more…

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Educational Resolutions for 2009

Thanks to the inspiration of Ian McCoog and others, I have three Administrator/Educator New Year’s Resolutions: 1. Know thy student. My colleague Steve Chamberlin, Principal of Hopkinton, NH high school, used this phrase as a theme for his teachers a number of years ago. How hard do I work to at least know the names of each…

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Collaboration Day

It has been a habit of the school district for a number of years to reserve the Thursday before Labor Day (otherwise known as the beginning of the Hopkinton State Fair) as Collaboration Day. Each school takes the entire day and, using an elaborate schedule, we meet together to discuss children and programs. For instance,…

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