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Don’t Let Yourself Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

November 29, 2018 0 Comments

“I’m caught between a rock and a hard spot, and it doesn’t feel good – in fact, kind of dangerous.” This is how the superintendent opened our one-on-one coaching session several months ago. She went on to explain that her …

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Southern Fairfield County (CT) Superintendents Explore the Governance Frontier at Their High-Impact Governing Work Session

November 14, 2018 0 Comments

The daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” hosted by the Southern Fairfield County Superintendents Association on October 26 opened with a discussion of the wild and wonderful “field” of K-12 governance, which actually is still far from being a full-fledged field …

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Dueling Boards: a Cautionary True Story

November 9, 2018 0 Comments

The tension in the conference room was palpable, as the superintendent and her board president at one end of the table glared at the educational foundation CEO and his board chair at the other end.  I sat in the middle …

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Collaboration Trumps Conflict in the Shaker Heights Schools

October 31, 2018 0 Comments

   This article featuring a podcast by then-superintendent of the Shaker Heights (Ohio) Public Schools, Gregory Hutchings, and John Morris, President of the Shaker Heights Teachers’ Association, was originally posted in September 2015.  We are re-posting it not only because it …

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Talking With Lisa Karmacharya About MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy

September 17, 2018 0 Comments

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators is off to a great start, as Lisa Karmacharya, MASA Executive director, explains in the podcast she recorded for this blog a couple of weeks ago.  You’ll find really …

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Thoughts on True Humility and Senator John McCain

August 30, 2018 0 Comments

Thinking about Senator John McCain this morning – along with millions of my fellow Americans and admirers around the world – reminded me of the critical role that character plays in leadership. Whether one agreed with Senator McCain on one …

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Superintendent Luvelle Brown: Leading From the Heart as Well as the Head

August 17, 2018 0 Comments

Our colleague Dr. Luvelle Brown is an extraordinary educational leader who values the learning culture in the Ithaca City Public Schools at least as highly as up-to-date educational facilities, technology and methodology. His commitment to what he calls the “culture …

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Board Committees That Work

August 6, 2018 0 Comments

A couple of years ago during the first of four coaching sessions, the superintendent of a mid-size suburban school district identified board “micromanaging” as one of his 10 most worrisome challenges as the district’s relatively new chief executive officer.

When …

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The Virginia Beach Public Schools and Naval Air Base Oceana: Partners in Innovation

July 24, 2018 0 Comments

I learned early in my career – during a five-year stint as chief of staff to the president of a three-campus urban community college – that what formal long-range planning does best is codifying and describing strategies already in place …

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Turning Your Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 2

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

As I noted in last week’s post at this blog, turning school boards into really cohesive governing teams is no piece of cake, primarily because the great majority of school board members are elected.  In practice this means that many …

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