Archive For The “Leadership” Category

The power of story

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The power of story

Our principal gave his annual “State of the Nation” address today. Started with a story. From memory . . . I was leaving Christchurch, in a Boeing 737 a year ago – very rough – the aircraft was thrown around by extreme turbulence. I wondered if we would make it. Then there was a voice…

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After Katrina

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After Katrina

The Fordham Institute: suggestions for rebuilding after Katrina: 1. Build from the bottom up. Rather than re-creating a school system, New Orleans should create a system of schools. This is a chance to keep the central office minimal. The early focus should be on creating new, excellent, autonomous schools and figuring out what services ….

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More on Chris Whittle

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Still interested in Chris Whittle. Found this article written by him in The Concord Monitor: What if we did design our schools on a clean slate and in an orderly and seriously funded way? Would there really be any difference? I believe so. To give you just one example, we might find a way to…

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“Crash Course” Chris Whittle

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A very interesting article in Aug 29th Time Magazine, extracted from the book Crash Course: Imagining a Better Future for Public Education “Class size is not everything” (see Japan) and four other Bold Proposals: Give teachers a big raise Build a West Point for Principals Let kids help run the school Bankroll R&D for schools…

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Druid of the Year

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Druid of the Year

Maureen passed this link onto me. On the Centre for Tertiary Excelence: From scoop . . . a speech by Trevor Mallard . . . As you all know, we have made $4 million per year available for a national centre of tertiary education excellence, and the Teaching Matters Forum was established to lay the…

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Final Workshop: FLLinNZ

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My FLLinNZ year is is nearly over. This week is the end of year workshop and presentations from each of the 15 FLLinNZers. Some highlights . . . Merrolee. Dunedin Poly. Communities of Inquiry – not a private journery, Learning ‘with’ not ‘from’. I was interested in her connectedness with the Occupational Therapists who are…

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