Cyberschools = Limited Relationships; Charter school = Limited Responsibility

Business consultant, author and speaker Patrick Lencioni has written an excellent book titled, “The Advantage.”  It speaks to what gives a company their “advantage” over their competitors in the marketplace today.  The answer, while it sound simple, is actually quite complicated, and can’t be identified through metrics, strategies, and all that left-brain stuff that most…

The Principal’s Role Today Is Not the Same As It Was In the Past

“As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be” does not apply to the role of the principal of a school. In the days of the one-room schoolhouse, there was only one teacher.  She taught all of the students in the community.  There was no “grade” level; the teacher made sure that…

Ahmed’s Clock: A Project That Tells Much More Than Time

In 2015, most of the world had heard about Ahmed Mohamed, the 9th grader in Texas who was arrested after bringing a clock to school that, to school administration, looked like it could be an explosive device.  The issue sparked a controversy as was explained in an article in The Washington Post. Some say the…

Five Big Ideas in Education That Don’t Work

Every now and then, an absolutely great idea comes along.  When it does, and it’s brought to the marketplace, the market (that is, the audience it is released to) will ultimately decide if it is a great idea, or if it’s not.  If it’s a great idea, like the iPhone, it will be embraced, and…

The Five R’s of Education

Let’s take a little trip back in time, about 16 years, to 2005.  At that time, I attended a conference of the International Center for Leadership in Education (http://www.leadered.com) held in Nashville, TN.  Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., is Founder and Chairman of the organization, which advocates for a framework of Rigor and Relevance in the…

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Have you heard it recently said that the teachers at your school make up the “Learning Team?”  Or, that the “Administration Team” will be having a meeting on Friday morning?  Or, perhaps, if you’re a teacher, you’ve been placed on a “team” with some of your colleagues to focus on important items in your school,…

Both Sides Now?

Perhaps you can recall the Joni Mitchell song where she looked at clouds, life, and love from both sides, and after experiencing both sides of the issue, comes to the conclusion that she really doesn’t know clouds, life and love at all. That’s because the premise of the song is flawed; there are not two…

Management vs. Leadership

  If you’ve been looking for a new and more effective task management app for your mobile phone or tablet, you may have noticed a trend in what’s being offered in the App Store or Play Marketplace.  Many of these apps are geared to “team” productivity, designed not just for use by one person, but…