Monthly Archives: October 2014

Change vs. Compromise: Who wins the battle?

When a school district is struggling, change is inevitable.   Resources are reallocated, staff replaced, and new leadership is brought in.  In the case of John Deasy,  the former superintendent of the Los Angles Unified School District, his job was … Continue reading

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Purpose

A video that is worth the 15+ minutes…. http://www.brainpickings.org/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/

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A personal reflection on “Incentives” and Peformance

When I was in high school and college, I had a number of summer and part-time jobs in retail, beginning as a “fitting room” attendant, then cashier, then sales. One summer, when I was working at Ann Taylor, I participated … Continue reading

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Middle Management in Special Education

I have been interested in the fact that, in the USA, teachers of students with special educational needs are presented with a large amount of paperwork and must be kept up to date with constantly changing regulations. They are expected … Continue reading

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What’s Your Sentence?

While reading the third part of Daniel Pink’s Drive, I was struck by the idea of good leaders being identified by a single sentence. Often, one would think the more a person does to make an impact, the more effective … Continue reading

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Do we need motivation to get over the lull?

It’s that time of year where we (teachers, students, and administrators) start to admit that we are in the thick of it.  Summer is finally truly in the past and cooler temperatures mean we’ve been in school long enough for … Continue reading

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Supporting Good Teachers During These Stressful Times

I began reading this article and immediately thought of the amazing teachers that I have worked with that chose to retire earlier than they had planned because of  similar circumstances.  Not to mention the times I have thought, ” I … Continue reading

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If all of your friends jumped off of a cliff…

A few weeks ago we were discussing the role of the follower in one of my 8th grade Independent Living class. We had watched the shirtless dancing man and discussed how this related to them. As the discussion proceeded, one … Continue reading

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Perspectives of Leadership

Since starting the certificate program this summer, I have been trying to get some new experiences regarding leadership and administration. As I volunteer for events, I have encountered different reactions from my coworkers. Surprise/Encouragement – Many of my coworkers are … Continue reading

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Initiating the Initiative

Every school year has its buzzwords that are constantly used in academic conversations.  A prime example for most school years, but especially this school year is “initiative.” What is our school undertaking as a new initiative? What has the district … Continue reading

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