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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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King Richard III: A Case for Aggressive Image Building

April 2, 2018 0 Comments

And therefore since I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days. Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous….

Ah, King Richard III:   how …

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Harnessing the Power of Ownership: Overwhelming Approval of Highline Schools Capital Facilities Bond

March 28, 2018 0 Comments

  

I learned about the incredible power of Ownership as a force for change early in my career as a governance consultant.  The school board president and superintendent of a medium sized suburban district agreed to create a “Governance Improvement Task …

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More on the K-12 Enterprise: Creating Satisfied Indirect Customers

June 28, 2017 0 Comments

Later today Superintendent Nick Polyak (Leyden School District 212, Illinois) will join Geoff Luther, the owner of A-l Tool Corporation, and Frank Holthouse, Leyden’s Careers and Community Outreach Director, in recording a podcast for this blog describing the partnership Leyden …

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Our Land of Opportunity – Still

February 6, 2017 0 Comments

This article originally appeared at my DougEadie.com blog a little under a year ago.  I thought it might resonate with our readers today. 

“You know”, I said, “if you go back far enough, the overwhelming majority of us are from …

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Superintendents Leading From Their Bully Pulpit

January 10, 2017 0 Comments

Over the holidays, I re-read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit, a superb study of the Progressive Era and the administrations of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.  According to Goodwin, Roosevelt coined the term “bully pulpit” to …

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Our Land of Opportunity – Still

February 25, 2016 0 Comments

This article, which originally appeared at the DougEadie.com blog, has attracted so many positive comments that I thought this blog’s readers might find it interesting and thought-provoking.

“You know”, I said, “if you go back far enough, the overwhelming majority …

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Working Hand-in-Hand For Education In Sand Springs, Oklahoma

August 27, 2015 0 Comments

“Dueling Boards,” the March 12 post at www.boardsavvysuperintendent.com, tells the true story of school and educational foundation boards at loggerheads – locked in a tense, competitive relationship that wasted oodles of precious emotional energy.  In my experience, sad to …

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Capitalizing On Your School Board As a Rich Resource In External Relations: the Charlottesville City Schools Story

May 8, 2015 0 Comments

Public education has taken it on the chin in recent years.  School districts around the country have been thrown on the defensive by the apparent widespread skepticism about their educational and managerial effectiveness and by the growing number of vociferous …

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Dueling Boards: A Cautionary True Story

March 12, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)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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