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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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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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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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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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18 02, 2021

Thank you, Richard, for everything.

2021-09-24T18:57:56+00:00February 18, 2021|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Thank you, Richard, for everything.

In Memoriam:  Richard F. Elmore (1953-2021) Last Wednesday, the field of education lost one of its most energetic champions as well as one of its most insightful and constructive critics.  Richard F. Elmore, retired professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, passed away last week, leaving behind a rich and lasting legacy. Among his many contributions to the field is one that is rather immediate for some of us in Connecticut.  Two decades ago, he accepted an invitation from
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3 06, 2020

Making Sense of It All

2021-09-27T12:48:17+00:00June 3, 2020|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Making Sense of It All

It is June 3, 2020.  Days into protests across the nation and world, human beings are angry, confused, frustrated, and in pain.[i] Today I sat down to pen a statement on behalf of CT Center for School Change, but I struggled. During the last several days, I’ve used writing as a source of sense-making, a way of puzzling through my thoughts and feelings.   Writing has proven useful, though difficult.  My thoughts are jumbled.  My feelings are in flux.   So instead
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28 04, 2020

Myths of the Pandemic: Education and Schooling in the Context of COVID-19

2021-09-27T12:54:42+00:00April 28, 2020|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Myths of the Pandemic: Education and Schooling in the Context of COVID-19

Over the last several weeks, I’ve partnered with numerous districts, schools and leadership networks.  I’ve watched and listened carefully as they make sense of the pandemic and its impact on schooling.  And as the father of two teenagers, I’ve watched my own district plan and re-plan how they will best meet student needs in a distance learning reality. Simultaneously, I’ve watched the media, community members, and pundits discuss the pandemic’s impact on schools.   As I’ve listened, I’ve heard and reheard
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27 03, 2020

Leading Distance Learning: Lessons from Virtual Principals and Research

2021-09-27T12:55:32+00:00March 27, 2020|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Leading Distance Learning: Lessons from Virtual Principals and Research

School leadership matters, and though it can come from different sources and be distributed across the organization, we know that school administrators are essential for creating a school vision, supporting high-quality teaching and learning, developing educator capacity, fostering a strong culture, and driving improvement. Over the past few decades, thousands of articles and books have been written on the essential elements and practices of effective instructional leadership. And, seemingly overnight, the context of all that research changed. The old reality
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27 01, 2020

No Miracles in Learning Guitar or Improving Schools

2021-09-27T12:57:22+00:00January 27, 2020|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on No Miracles in Learning Guitar or Improving Schools

Inspired by the music lessons my daughter and son were taking a few years back, I decided to pick up guitar.   In that first year I made steady progress under the tutelage of a guitar aficionado half my age.  I built greater finger strength and dexterity, developed a modest sense of music theory, learned my way around the fingerboard, and locked certain songs into muscle memory.  Unfortunately, my teacher then moved out of the state. I still play guitar.  Daily,
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12 12, 2019

Tipping Point or Temporary Uptick: Observations on District Equity Efforts in CT and Across the US

2021-10-13T14:52:31+00:00December 12, 2019|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Tipping Point or Temporary Uptick: Observations on District Equity Efforts in CT and Across the US

On November 16, 2019, I had the honor to co-present at the annual CABE/CAPSS Convention with three remarkable educators on the topic of equity efforts in Naugatuck, CT. Superintendent Sharon Locke, Naugatuck Board Vice Chairperson Ethel Grant, and partner/consultant Kathy Turner told a compelling story of the intentional efforts to create a culture of equity. It is a remarkable tale, and I hope they continue to share this important story so that others can benefit from the lessons learned. These
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