Art has the power…

Art has the power…

When someone asks me why the arts are important to learning, I usually respond by describing my own experience in using the arts to excite learners. One such experience follows.  Here is the scene: A narrow, windowless room in an urban middle school, with twelve desks...
Creating a Great School

Creating a Great School

In less than three weeks my daughter will graduate from high school.  Having a mother as a long-time educator makes her more appreciative than most students of the job that teachers do, and often more patient when learning is not as engaging or meaningful as it could...
Let’s Make Some Good Art

Let’s Make Some Good Art

You are probably wondering what the title of this blog has to do with leadership.  It comes from a speech by author Neil Gaiman, and borrowed for a very engaging video I watched last week. If you follow the link you’ll see that the student, Sarah Almeda uses motion...
Should we get rid of Teacher of the Year awards?

Should we get rid of Teacher of the Year awards?

Good teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve. So when I wonder aloud here whether we should do away with things like Teacher of the Year awards it’s not because I think they shouldn’t be honored and noticed; it is quite the contrary. We, at...