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What is Creativity? A New Podcast

I used to say that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body. I viewed creativity within a very narrow scope – I had placed it in a box as if I knew what it was (or at least … Continue reading

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Accountability vs. Shame & Doubt

When we blame we do not change. How much of our current school accountability system is about blame? It definitely has the strappings of a punishment model. Yet, punishment does not foster growth, merely fear and compliance. It is time … Continue reading

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Driver 3: Engage with Stakeholders

I’ve been on the road the past few weeks visiting schools and districts across the state of Texas, on the front lines of the War on Education, if you will. Spending all this time in schools and classrooms conducting observations, meeting … Continue reading

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Fostering a New Mindset for Education

As I continue to explore the 7 drivers for successful schools of the future (and the present),  we move now to Driver 2: Fostering a New Mindset. “A school that reflects a deep understanding and celebration of how America has … Continue reading

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Pack Mules & Thoroughbreds

True story: a principal once told us, “Our school would be great if it weren’t for the students.” While this statement seems absurdly ironic, sad, and tragically humorous, it isn’t that far-fetched. Indeed, I can recall many a “great” lesson … Continue reading

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7 Drivers for Successful Schools

With this new year underway, it’s a great time to reflect on the achievements of 2015 and look ahead to our goals of 2016. One of my successes last year was the publication of my first book Harnessing the Dynamics of … Continue reading

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Want to be a brain surgeon? When can you start?

Last week we explored our return to greatness in education with our return to the school year. As part of that overall return to greatness, and as part of the return to the school year, how are new teachers being … Continue reading

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