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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.09.16 Welcoming Darryl Williams

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve added a new senior member to our team.  Darryl Williams, who was formerly Chief Officer for School Leadership at  Houston ISD and who before that was a Regional Superintendent with Achievement First, has joined us as Senior Fellow for School Leadership. I’ve known Darryl and admired his work for a…


02.17.15 Jay Mathews and the Folly of the External Ed Leadership Search

Jay Mathews has a great column out this week called: Why national superintendent searches miss the best people for the job. He uses Montgomery County MD’s superintendent search as a case study. The district is paying a search consultant to comb the nation to find the best candidate. Jay wisely observes: School boards as smart as…


05.02.13 Sultanna Noormuhammad and How to Build a Teaching Community

This blog post is about a powerful—and simple, and short—email a great leader sent to her staff and how she packed value into a few short sentences…. A few weeks ago I blogged about the challenges of doing TLaC “on an island”—what it was like to trying try to implement a TLaC-ish approach as a lone…


03.28.13 Blogging the Un-Bloggable: School Bathrooms

This is definitely my first blog post about bathrooms. Perhaps it is yours as well, but actually I think they are worthy of some discussion.  At least school bathrooms are.  And for two reasons: 1)      Former NYC parks commissioner Henry Stern once observed that bathrooms become the sites of society’s least palatable behavior.  They awaken something…