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Board-Superintendent Involvement in Innovation/Change Management

Leading the K-12 Enterprise

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

In Cleveland recently to facilitate a daylong board retreat, I dropped by the administrative headquarters of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to chat with one of Eric Gordon’s top lieutenants, Dr. Roseann Canfora, the district’s Chief Communications Officer. You might …

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Dr. Devin Vodicka and 3 Students Discuss Vista USD’s Personalized Learning Initiative

March 24, 2017 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, during a conversation about educational innovation with Mort Sherman, AASA’s Associate Executive Director, Mort urged me to get in touch with a man he described as  a “consummate innovator,” Dr. Devin Vodicka.  Since educational innovation is …

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Large-Scale Innovation on the Learning Front in the Wilder (Idaho) Schools

December 14, 2016 0 Comments

Security and comfort are two of the most insidious siren songs drawing us away from important change.  Thinking about my own formal educational journey – as a student from first grade through graduate school and as an ancient history teacher …

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Superintendents Michael Lubelfeld and Nicholas Polyak Talk About “The Unlearning Leader”

November 30, 2016 0 Comments

In today’s always changing environment – technologically, culturally, demographically, etc. – an organization’s capacity to innovate and change is the key to long-term success – to thriving and sometimes even surviving. Not systematically innovating and changing are a sure-fire path …

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Your Values Statement: More Than Meets the Eye

November 2, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)You’ll recall that the last article posted at this blog, “The Governing Gold Standard,” describes a modern approach to developing innovation initiatives – what in my work I call the Change Investment Portfolio Process – that is rapidly replacing old-time …

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The Governing Gold Standard

September 20, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)The last article posted at this blog, “Another Insidious Foe of a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership,”  tells how getting your school board involved in one of those traditional comprehensive long-range planning processes can be dangerous to the health of your partnership …

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Another Insidious Foe of a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

September 8, 2016 0 Comments

ethereal octopus from the depth (Octopus vulgari)You might recall that my April 14 article talked about an insidious foe of a solid board-superintendent working relationship:  the assumption that your district’s performance – educationally, administratively, financially – is the preeminent factor determining the health of your partnership …

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Breaking a Radical New Path To Understanding

December 3, 2015 0 Comments

I recognize the real Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” Sometimes Lin-Manuel shades the character differently than I do in the book, but that’s only natural. I think he has plucked out the dramatic essence of the character – his vaulting ambition,

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You’ve Got To Be Your District’s Innovator-in-Chief

November 14, 2015 0 Comments

Businesswoman Using Digital TabletAs you all know, the school districts that thrive over the long run in today’s rapidly changing, challenging world are the ones that take command of highly complex, high-stakes “out of the box” change that can’t be handled through traditional …

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Cleveland Orchestra Miami: A Venerable Performing Arts Institution Leads Strategic Change

October 26, 2015 0 Comments

This post originally appeared at www.extraordinaryceo.com.  Since it is pertinent to to leading strategic change in any kind of public or nonprofit organization, I am re-posting it here.

Founded in 1918, the Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most …

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