Monthly Archives: January 2017

Middle School Shadow Day

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. ~Elbert Hubbard This week I had the awesome experience of shadowing a 6th grade student for her entire school day. The goal of this exercise was

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The Head, Hands, and Heart, of Pleasantdale

The heart and soul of school culture is what people believe, the assumptions they make about how school works. ~Thomas Sergiovanni   Earlier this month I had the privilege of addressing the staff at our January 9 institute day. The

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Action Planning

A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~Jeff Rich In a previous blog post, I discussed our new process for creating a long-term strategic plan to move our district from great to greater. In that post I outlined

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Pleasantdale Resolutions for 2017

Dream it. Wish it. Do it! As January’s icy grip takes hold, there are several things that we have come to expect. As Chicagoans we are preparing for at least another eight weeks of winter. We also know that in

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The Future Is What You Make of It

The best way to predict the future is to create it. ~Peter Drucker Over the past several months, a dedicated group of teachers, parents, students, community members, and Board of Education members have been working with administration to draft a

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