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21 01, 2022

Coaching Letter #157

2022-01-21T12:38:17+00:00January 21, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #157

Friends, I hope this finds you well – for many of you, today was a snow day, so I hope you were able to make good use of it. I am sorry that circumstances continue to be really challenging for educators of all stripes, and I am grateful to all the people who wrote in response to the last Coaching Letter, about learning from the science of happiness. I’m glad it was useful. At the same time, I made reference
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4 01, 2022

Coaching Letter #156

2022-01-04T15:27:00+00:00January 4, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #156

Happy New Year! I very much hope that you were able to take a break over the holidays, and that you and yours are happy and healthy. New Year was always a big deal when I was growing up – I wrote this description of Hogmanay and The New Year a few years ago, and updated it this morning, in case you’re interested—it’s all about my family tradition and nothing about coaching or leading. I told a bunch of people that this
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19 11, 2021

Coaching Letter #155

2021-11-19T14:09:55+00:00November 19, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #155

Hello, I hope you are well. I was in Columbus, Ohio, last week, for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, which is a consortium of college of educations’ departments of educational leadership. I went because Jennie and I were presenting on the conceptual framework underlying our book on strategy: equity, logic, capacity and coherence. But even if I hadn’t been presenting, I would have tried to go, because it’s a small conference and I get to
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8 11, 2021

Coaching Letter #154

2021-11-08T16:26:54+00:00November 8, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #154

Hello, I hope this finds you well. This is the weekend in the US when, for most states, the clocks go back an hour. It is, therefore, my favorite weekend of the year. Plus, I get to indulge my favorite delusion, that I will take advantage of the change in the time to start getting up earlier. It’s not going to happen, but it’s a nice idea. I have had a very busy, very stressful, but quite wonderful couple of
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26 10, 2021

Coaching Letter #153

2021-10-26T01:36:06+00:00October 26, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #153

I hope you are doing well. Here in Connecticut, fall seems to have started later than usual—but today is a lot cooler, and the trees outside my window have all changed their colors, and so have we. As you probably know by now, the Center has changed its name to Partners for Educational Leadership. We have a new website, and if you want to learn more about the shift, you can read my colleague Richard’s letter explaining the background. And I have a
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18 10, 2021

In Partnership of Your Vision

2021-10-21T23:32:12+00:00October 18, 2021|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on In Partnership of Your Vision

Over the last eighteen months, I have logged long hours observing and working closely with numerous school district leaders.  In the early months, my first impression was sincere appreciation--appreciation for stress, the hours logged, the unanticipated challenges of COVID,  and the constant uncertainty.  My appreciation and admiration remain. In addition, I’ve also had the luxury of watching a smaller group of district leaders do more than meet the challenges of the moment.  They are advancing a bold vision of what
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3 10, 2021

Coaching Letter #152

2021-10-25T15:39:43+00:00October 3, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #152

Friends, for those of you working in education, I hope that you are taking care of yourselves. Now that we have been dealing with Covid-19 for a year and a half, the extraordinary lengths to which educators are going to help their students of all ages is no longer news, but it is remarkable nonetheless. My dad brought to my attention that October 5 is World Teachers’ Day—remember, if you can read this, thank a teacher. This Coaching Letter is
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16 09, 2021

Coaching Letter #151

2021-09-27T12:49:20+00:00September 16, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #151

Hello, I hope you are not too exhausted after the first few days of school. Everyone I know is working ridiculously hard, and is so frustrated that so many of the issues sucking so much of their time have nothing to do with teaching and learning. So this is a reminder to pay attention to your breathing, look into the middle distance every so often, get up and move at least a couple of times an hour (ha! I wish!),
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1 09, 2021

Coaching Letter #150

2021-09-27T12:49:33+00:00September 1, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #150

Friends, I hope you are doing well. I cannot believe that it is the beginning of September; this summer has gone by incredibly quickly. It has been a while since the last Coaching Letter, not because I haven’t had anything to write about, but because so few people read the last one. And it was a really good one, too, on Perceived Self-Efficacy, so here it is if you missed it. And in case the anticipation has been driving you
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9 08, 2021

Coaching Letter #149

2021-09-27T12:49:46+00:00August 9, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #149

Hello, I hope this finds you well. I just saw the obituary in The New York Times of Albert Bandura, the psychologist whose work on perceived self-efficacy I employ all the time. I never met him, but I’ve read his book on self-efficacy and many of his papers, and I admired his writing, so I was sad to learn that he has died. May his memory be a blessing. The obituary devotes most of its portrayal of Professor Bandura to
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