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Tag: K-12 innovation

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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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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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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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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