Angela Davis and The Failures of Leadership

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Angela Davis, legendary abolitionist / prison industrial activist / Black Panther icon recently gave an interview that made me snap my fingers a few times. An excerpt: If structural racism and state violence against African-Americans, aided and abetted by global capitalism, are as rampant as Davis says, isn’t she disappointed …

On Leadership Through Teaching Others To Lead

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Every year, the memory of this day usually sucks. The night before I went to Raleigh, North Carolina (for a Center for Teaching Quality board meeting), I went to my barbershop, where the guys played Malcolm X (the Spike Lee joint). I watch this movie almost annually, just to remind …

Short Notes: We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

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A few notes: I’ll be writing lots on the Future of Teaching blog. Here’s my first offering of the week, a congratulatory note for Dr. John Holland. [Future of Teaching] We need you to take action. If you’re against the continuing proliferation of testing, please sign. Thank you! [AFT] What …

Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia]

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An excerpt from my latest Edutopia article: Do: Teach Others How to Lead Everyone has expertise in some way, shape or form. Some teachers have great organizing skills (who doesn’t need this?!). Others understand how to put together curriculum materials. Still others have mastered building great teacher-student relationships. Rather than …


Don’t Only Talk Like It, Walk Like It

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I‘ve just started reading a couple of books quasi-simultaneously: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire and The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey. While both seem a little incongruous, both served points about leadership we often lose in the midst of ego-lifting and pontificating. The trust of …

Rugrats, with Tommy taking the lead

Just A Quick Thought About School Leadership

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A few things come to mind when I’m asked about school leadership. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the school schemas I’ve already been a part of and I’ve witnessed in other schools. In all instances, the critical component wasn’t how much money the above department had …

Kirk and Spock

Don’t Ask Why Not, But How It’s Getting Done

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Sometime after I saw the movie Star Trek, my girlfriend and I sat in a diner and chit-chatted about education as usual, when the issue of “getting things done” came up. Of course, there’s now a million GTD and DIY-themed sites out there, helping you get from point A to …