Leadership

School change: an interview with the commissioner.

September 24, 2010

I’ve embedded an interview with the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Diane DeBacker. Deb Haneke does an outstanding job of asking really important questions of Diane. I would urge all Kansas educators, and even educators outside the state of Kansas, to listen to the entire interview. Diane touches on some very important topics. I’m especially interested, and encouraged by the things that Diane has to say. I hope that what she believe should happen in education can be made to happen. […]

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School change: a conversation with future administrators

June 23, 2010

For many years I have spoken to perspective building administrators as an adjunct professor and as a visiting lecturer. This week I had the pleasure of visiting with a class of prospective school administrators at the University of Kansas. I’ve always enjoyed these visits mainly because I enjoy listening to myself speak, but the students have always been polite and somewhat engaged. My topic is always centered around school change, which for the most part is of little relevance to […]

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School change: a conversation with future administrators

June 23, 2010

For many years I have spoken to perspective building administrators as an adjunct professor and as a visiting lecturer. This week I had the pleasure of visiting with a class of prospective school administrators at the University of Kansas. I’ve always enjoyed these visits mainly because I enjoy listening to myself speak, but the students have always been polite and somewhat engaged. My topic is always centered around school change, which for the most part is of little relevance to […]

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School change: Are principals “visionary leaders?”

May 4, 2010

I just saw a tweet about the book The School Principal Visionary Leadership and Competent Management. In part of the summary there is a quote, “Today, school-level administrators are expected to be both visionary leaders and competent managers.” I haven’t read the book but my first impression was, “I don’t think so.” This is not to denigrate in anyway the job of the principle but I simply don’t see our principles as visionary leaders. They have an extremely difficult job, […]

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School change: Are principals “visionary leaders?”

May 4, 2010

I just saw a tweet about the book The School Principal Visionary Leadership and Competent Management. In part of the summary there is a quote, “Today, school-level administrators are expected to be both visionary leaders and competent managers.” I haven’t read the book but my first impression was, “I don’t think so.” This is not to denigrate in anyway the job of the principle but I simply don’t see our principles as visionary leaders. They have an extremely difficult job, […]

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Leadership … management … caretaker?

March 25, 2010

The whole question of leadership versus management has been on my mind for some time. Years is in fact. I’ve watched as we were told that principals and superintendents needed to be leaders not managers. And magically, even though they were doing exactly the same things on their job, they became leaders rather than managers. Like I said, I’ve been giving this a lot of thought for a long time and I decided that we need a third category to […]

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Leadership … management … caretaker?

March 25, 2010

The whole question of leadership versus management has been on my mind for some time. Years is in fact. I’ve watched as we were told that principals and superintendents needed to be leaders not managers. And magically, even though they were doing exactly the same things on their job, they became leaders rather than managers. Like I said, I’ve been giving this a lot of thought for a long time and I decided that we need a third category to […]

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The innovative educator’s dilemma, Part 2

February 10, 2010

In the innovative educator’s dilemma part 1, I talked about how your best customers can drive you out of business if you’re not careful. That your best students with the most influential parents will keep you in the old paradigm of education, traditional schooling, right up to the point that they leave for private schools, and your school isn’t meeting the needs of any of your students. But there is a further dilemma to this story. Even the parents of […]

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Why can’t schools change?

January 31, 2010

Why can’t schools change? It’s an interesting question. If you ask many educators they would say that schools have changed dramatically. I disagree. I think what goes on inside some classrooms has changed dramatically, but not schools. We do use more technology in classrooms; projectors, computers, smart boards, etc. But what we’re doing inside those walls is basically the same thing we’ve done for over 100 years. And sadly, with pretty much the same curriculum. Oh there have been some […]

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Erie High School: A Shining Star, Or Lost In Space?

January 30, 2010

Erie school district has been blessed. By Mike Carson, Rose Frey, Ted Hill, and many many others who were involved in the transformation of their school. Erie high school is unique. What makes them unique is that their focus is on their students, and their student’s futures. Erie high school has changed what the students learn, how the students learn, and how they organize the students to learn. In addition, while the students do take the state mandated standardized tests, […]

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