Yearly Archives: 2015

You get to hug your kids!

The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. ~Chris Pine As a school administrator I often have to deal with situations

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PARCC Reflections

You don’t fatten a pig by weighing it. ~Unknown Over the past several weeks discussion about the PARCC assessment has dominated the airwaves and dinner tables.  Parents and educators vary widely on this topic, and I am often asked my

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Ahead of the Curve

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs This week I had the opportunity to attend a professional workshop on how schools can harness the use of student data and create school wide systems and structures to support

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Frequent Failures

Failure is the tuition you pay for success. ~Walter Brunell I recently had the pleasure of attending our 6th to 7th grade parent transition meeting.  The format is a panel of “been-there/done-that” parents that give information to parents who are

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Nitty GRITTY

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. ~Samuel Johnson A public school education is probably the single experience that most Americans share.  Even if you didn’t attend a public school, chances are pretty good that the structure

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Kids Today… (are no different)

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~Chili Davis I have always disliked the saying “Kids today…”  It always frustrates me when one of my colleagues starts a conversation with, “You know what’s wrong with kids today?”  I am

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Mistakes: Speed bumps not Roadblocks

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. ~John Wooden Part of being an adolescent is making mistakes.  Mistakes help us learn a great deal about ourselves, our friends, and how

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Think Outside the Lockbox

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. ~P. J. O’Rourke Those of you who know me know that I am the father of four fantastic kids.  You also know that I, like you, have had

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Parenting Digital Natives

Our kids are definitely tech savvy, but we have wisdom… and wisdom wins every time. ~Devorah Heitner On Thursday night, Dr. Devorah Heitner presented, Parenting in a 1:1 Environment to HMS and WJHS parents.  Devorah is a great presenter with

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Our “Why”

All the great organizations in the world, all have a sense of why that organization does what it does. -Simon Sinek I consider myself to be a student of leadership.  It is my desire to continue to improve my ability

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