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November 5, 2015

Now that New York’s Race to The Top has been run, what were the race results?  An honest assessment would indicate that, while schools generally deserve an “A” for effort, most have earned only a fair grade thus far in closing gaps in student performance for s...

September 1, 2015

This past month, I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop for area superintendents as they prepared for the new school year.  As we concluded, I asked what they were looking forward to in 2015-16.  There were lots of enthusiastic responses as the superin...

I am certain that our governor shares our interest in helping all students to be successful and to realize their potential.  It’s just common sense that better student outcomes translate into fewer bad things and more good things for our society.

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December 9, 2014

I may be wrong, and I often am, but I sense the ground shifting.  Consider---Race to The Top ending, NCLB still not reauthorized, Common Core facing stiff opposition, the APPR apparatus in place but failing to bring systemic improvement, education funding stil...

October 11, 2014

Did you have a good opening in September?   For me, this was always one of the high points of my year.  The twelve month staff worked hard to have everything ready.  Teachers return, reconnecting with colleagues and preparing for their students.  Goals for the...

The State Education Department (SED) and the Board of Regents have now been forced to acknowledge what the field has known for a long time – that the statewide implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is deeply flawed.  This system failure has...

February 15, 2014

There are many reasons schools need to collect data. Central office, building administrators, teachers and other staff all have requirements to record, monitor and report data. For the most part, the data that is being collected and reported is quantitative. F...

January 4, 2014

Recently, I spent some time thinking about the past year and musing about the year ahead.  I reflected a bit about my career in education which began in the early 1970s, the massive changes in our field during that time and the various roles I had been privile...

Strategic planning is a process in which it is well worth investing time. Although the process is lengthy and new to many school administrators, the power that lies within is enormous. Asking essential questions of teachers, staff, parents, students and commun...

Serving as a leader in schools today is both challenging and frustrating, to say the least. Educators and leaders are under the pressures of accountability and working in a political climate like never before. This research brief is intended to provide a brief...

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