On Leadership


Teacher professionalism from the superintendent’s perspective 

  School system leaders can’t do everything, but they can do a lot to make teaching jobs more professional.   If you haven’t yet read journalist Dana Goldstein’s 2014 book The Teacher Wars, I highly recommend that you do so. Goldstein, now with the New York Times, offers an engaging, thoughtful, and well-researched account of how teachers’ work has …
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  • The paradox of standardized testing

    Standardized achievement tests are flawed, and test-based accountability has been damaging to public education. Even so, such tests have their uses.

  • Using Advanced Placement as a lever for social justice

    Encouraging and allowing students to enroll in rigorous courses is a critical first step in providing more equity in high schools.

  • To lead for equity, learn how the system works

    It’s not enough to be passionate about social justice. School leaders can’t make positive change unless they know how school systems really work.

  • Organizing for adaptive change management

    If schools are going to adapt and improve in meaningful ways, then central office leaders must lead the way by being facilitators, funders, advisers, evaluators, and quality assurance agents.

  • The talent narrative

    Leaders can change the narrative about teaching at-risk kids through their deliberate words and actions.

  • Spending dollars to make a difference

    Make a stronger case for greater resources by first doing a deep dive on how you’re using resources already on hand.

  • Content is king

    Every school and district express their values through the content that students learn; leaders shape that content through policies, contracts, and regulations.

  • Values: Why do we believe what we believe? 

    Leaders must have language that drives their actions; that begins with identifying their personal core values and those of their district.

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