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Leading to Reform: Quarterback Coaching, Leading Creatives and the Achievement Gap

This week’s letter highlights the shifting target of the achievement gap, how good work finds good leaders, teaching NFL Quarterbacks, new pathways to teacher licensure in Wisconsin, and what it takes to lead creative people. As always, we link to an array of columns and pieces spanning the ideological spectrum on leadership and reform.

Good Work Finds Good Leaders
Successful leaders don’t seek work. The work finds them. New work and opportunity is a regular occurrence for good leaders. The challenge is choosing the right new work rather than replicating what you have done in the past.

Many of us think our new work is based on our track record of success. In set of
ingenious studies, Harvard researchers realized organizations see and hire potential over track record. The key attribute - leaders with a future focus as an individual; for their school or work team is what could be what makes people sit up and take notice. Read “The Surprising Secret to Selling Yourself by Heidi Grant Halverson here: Good Work Finds Good Leaders

Sunday Update: Achievement Gap is the Challenge Ahead
Everyone is grappling with how to close the achievement gap for low-income children. Tre Maxie, Executive Director with
Powerful Schools dedicated to student achievement a guest columnist with the Seattle Times says we should start thinking about how education will in 50 years.

Children of color have become the majority of children under the age of 1 in the U.S. A large number are living in families who are below the poverty line. This portends that in the late 2030s or 2040s, the U.S. population will become less than 50 percent non-Hispanic white.

The income gap has surpassed the gap between racial groups. The achievement gap between low income and non-low income students has surged by more than 40 percent, and is now double the gap between African Americans and whites, according to a recent study by Stanford University Professor Sean Reardon.
For schools to prepare all children for success in life and the workforce, severe disparities in family income, coupled with inadequate education funding and low expectations can no longer be widely accepted causes of inequity in student opportunity.

Some families can afford to spend more to ensure their child is successful in and out of school. Most low-income families -- which disproportionately include African-Americans and Latinos -- cannot.

The current inequity of student achievement in our public schools is epidemic. There are big forces at play; both economic and societal that robs children of their right to a chance at success in life. Just as the education opportunity gap for low-income children has grown, so has the access-to-enrichment gap. Read: The Education Challenge is the Achievement Gap

Mike McCarthy Can Teach Quarterbacks With Anyone
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is one of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL. Chuck Moore found this article about how McCarthy’s maniacal work ethic contributes to his repeated success. Success from McCarthy’s perspective is all about fundamentals. Like McCarthy we are on the cutting edge of best practice.

Read this article sent by Chuck Moore about Mike McCarthy’s quarterback coaching and consider the question, “Is coaching teachers as important as coaching quarterbacks?”
Read: McCarthy Can Teach QB's With Anyone

Licensure Pathways include New Equivalency Option In Wisconsin
new Wisconsin DPI webpage helps current and prospective teachers understand their options for obtaining initial or additional teaching licenses. The pathways include a new one, the License Based on Equivalency (LBE).

The site lays out pathways for everyone from a teacher seeking an additional license to a person with a non-education bachelor’s degree.
Most prospective teachers will complete a bachelor’s degree and then be recommended for licensure by an approved program at one of Wisconsin's 33 colleges and universities.

But there are several alternate pathways, including the new LBE. The LBE recognizes that occasionally, people take atypical routes to gain experiences equivalent to portions of a more traditional licensing pathway. Someone already has a bachelor’s degree and three years of teaching experience—perhaps in a private school, work place training center, or child care center--may provide evidence of their expertise through a portfolio and attempt to pass the same assessments as other teacher candidates.

What do you think of this alternative licensing process and should it be expanded to include school leaders?

Good Leaders Build Around and Manage Creative People
If you read one article this week, make it this one: The art of leading creative people is a basic leadership skill. The best teams have a cadre of creative people that push it to better. Leaders that tap into creative leaders on their team unleash the power of the team.

Many team leaders are threatened -- or just don’t get creative people. They squander the talent the people bring to the team -- causing the best to move on and the rest to shut down.

Here are nine thoughts from Mercer Organization for leading creative people: Nine Rules for Leading Creative People

"The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it." -- unknown

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