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29 06, 2021

Coaching Letter #146

2021-09-27T12:52:44+00:00June 29, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #146

Good evening, I hope this finds you well. Only a few days left in this school year, so congratulations on making it through the most challenging school year ever! Now you know you can do ANYTHING! I wrote in the last Coaching Letter about some of the work I’ve been doing to prepare for the Acceleration NIC that launches in a couple of weeks. This CL is also about that work, although it is also a stand-alone piece, and actually
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31 05, 2021

Coaching Letter #145

2021-09-27T12:52:31+00:00May 31, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #145

Hi, I hope you’re doing well. A number of Coaching Letter readers live outside the US, but here in the USA it’s Memorial Day, when we remember those who have died in service to the Nation. Amen. And I know how this makes me sound, but I’m really glad it’s been a cold and wet weekend, because now I feel no obligation to host something or go somewhere—even the gym’s closed, so I feel no obligation to go there, either.
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26 05, 2021

In Honor of Dudley Williams, Model of Public Service

2021-10-19T18:55:49+00:00May 26, 2021|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on In Honor of Dudley Williams, Model of Public Service

On May 21, 2021, Dudley Williams, Board Chair of the CT Center for School Change, died after a long battle with cancer. Dudley was a consummate leader, guiding the Center's board with grace, seriousness, humor, and vision.  Under his leadership, the Center transitioned between two Executive Directors, expanded its reach, and deepened its impact.  It is an understatement to note that Dudley was respected and beloved by his fellow board members and Center staff. Beyond the Center, Williams was CEO
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10 05, 2021

Coaching Letter #144

2021-09-27T12:52:02+00:00May 10, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #144

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who celebrate it. It’s an odd holiday; as I learned from Wikepedia this morning, the woman who campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a national holiday, Anna Jarvis, was later appalled at how commercial it became, and campaigned to have it de-recognized. Plus it’s complicated for other reasons; I have several good friends who recently lost their mothers (I feel you, and I am sorry), plus there are those who object to the
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23 04, 2021

Coaching Letter #143

2021-09-27T12:51:50+00:00April 23, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #143

Hello, I hope this finds you well. This Coaching Letter is about Acceleration, with a capital A, which has taken on much greater significance since we (the Center) started advocating that districts adopt a particular approach to schooling that encompassed prioritized content, challenging and scaffolded tasks, formative assessment, and self-efficacy. This Coaching Letter is both an update on our work and an extension of CL #140 on Acceleration from a month ago. The Accelerating Learning Framework that we developed is
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22 04, 2021

Coaching Letter #142

2021-09-27T12:51:38+00:00April 22, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #142

Hi, I hope you’re doing well. Richard and I had an article published in the Kappan this month and Josh Starr took that opportunity to advertise the Coaching Letter; and I also had an article published in ASCD Express; and I think many of you took the suggestion in the last Coaching Letter to pass on the link to sign up. Thank you! As a result, there are many new readers of the Coaching Letter, so I would just like to say welcome. If you’re
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29 03, 2021

Coaching Letter #141

2021-09-27T12:51:25+00:00March 29, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #141

Hello, I hope this finds you well. It is cold, dull and rainy where I am. I don’t know why I write about the weather so much; I guess it’s because where I come from, the weather is an endless source of fascination. When I call my dad, I can rely on giving and receiving a weather report. Anyway, the weather today seems relevant—be warned that this is a heavier Coaching Letter than most. Over twenty years ago now, one
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22 03, 2021

Stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

2021-10-19T18:35:05+00:00March 22, 2021|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Last Tuesday, eight people lost their lives in three Atlanta-area shootings.  The victims’ names are Delania Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. Six of the victims were of Asian descent.  This mass murder has captured media coverage, but violence and harassment of Asian Americans is not new.  According to the Stop AAPI Hate Project, 3,800 anti-Asian bias incidents were documented between March 19, 2020 and
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22 03, 2021

Coaching Letter #140

2021-09-24T18:57:30+00:00March 22, 2021|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #140

We are three fourths of the way through the second Acceleration Workshop; Session 3, for which there were around 450 people registered, was on Tuesday. Our work on Acceleration has certainly garnered a lot of attention—in the last couple of weeks, we have been asked to present to several different groups, including superintendents, professional organizations, and state departments of education. So I’m sure there will be more to say in the coming weeks. And the Acceleration Workshop is being offered
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1 03, 2021

Looking Beyond the Pandemic

2021-09-24T18:57:37+00:00March 1, 2021|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Looking Beyond the Pandemic

Events of the last year have many of us contemplating the future of public education.  This is both healthy and necessary.  A year into the pandemic, we’ve learned much about both technology and the centrality of schools in the lives of young people.  But “returning to school” or “embracing instructional technology” in a post-COVID world is a rather limiting frame for considering our work ahead.  Before and through the pandemic, myriad and related forces were launched or rapidly gained steam,
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