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Voice: A Starting Point Not The Destination

Over the past year I have seen many advocates for education and social change focus on their voice being heard in national, state and local conversations. Once they have the opportunity to voice their opinion, share their insights and recommend strategies they feel successful, as their voice has been heard.This is a great first step rather than final step in advocacy. Yes, we need to share our voice
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Leading to Reform: January 27

This week’s letter highlights that leadership is more about collective action, a policy wish list, and Wisconsin moving forward in ed reform and leadership possibilities in Apple. We link as always to an array of columns and pieces spanning the ideological spectrum on leadership and reform, most of those are now forwarded by readers.Don’t Go it Alone: The Need for Collective ActionHow many
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Leading to Reform: January 20

This Week’s letter highlights A+ leaders who lead and manage, celebrity leadership, valuing teachers, and hiring practices that lead to success or failure. As always, we link to an array of columns and pieces spanning the ideological spectrum on leadership and reform -- most of those links now come from reader suggestions.Making the Grade in Leadership and ManagementLeadership and management
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Leading to Reform: January 13

This Week’s letter highlights how important it is that leaders speak the truth, the increasing use of student data to determine tenure and pay and the predictability of organizations and nations. We link as always to an array of columns and pieces spanning the ideological spectrum on leadership and reform. Most now forwarded by readers. Stay in with us in 2013. A regular blog and web site –
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Why are we using an almanac to tell us about school climate?

When you pick out your clothes for the day, do you check your almanac to see what you should wear? No. More than likely, you check your phone’s weather app for a quick forecast and then determine your wardrobe according to this timely and (usually) more accurate information.When you decide to walk the dog or go for a jog or a bike ride, do you check the almanac to see how nice it is outside,
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