Who’s the leader?

One of the greatest issues facing public education is the abdication of instructional leadership. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is all too common in our school systems. It is a silent, but deleterious factor of underperformance with a complex, compound impact on low performing student groups, schools, and districts. It is not my goal indict my colleagues […]

We Must Foster Mutualistic Collaborative Opportunities in the Classroom

Nobel Peace Prize recipient and civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said it well, the true goal of education is intelligence plus character. I agree with his 72-year-old assertion. Today, I present adding a third element to the formula—interpersonal aptitude. Interpersonal aptitude, defined as one’s ability to engage with others in a symbiotic […]

How did public education become so reliant upon programs?

In my travels across the nation supporting schools and districts, it has become apparent that teaching and learning has become “over-programatized.” There is a “program” for practically everything. Programs, programs, and more programs. Unfortunately and to the detriment of student outcomes, these “programs” do not always allow teachers to teach. These “programs” do not always […]