Two Seemingly Conflicting Principles for Educational Leadership

Last week a long-time colleague dropped this gem on me: “Most superintendents and principals who lose their jobs do so not because of their instructional leadership (or lack thereof).”  Let’s refer to this as Rule 1.  His point, I inferred, was that my intensity around helping educators become stronger instructional leaders was a bit [...]

2018-10-31T13:01:12+00:00October 31st, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #58

Good morning!  Last week was exceptionally busy, so I’m trying to catch up with my life.  Lots going on, all good, and I’d like to get back to the lovely fall weather. Fundamental to coaching is the idea that the coach exists in service of the client; that the coach has to figure out [...]

2018-10-29T09:38:30+00:00October 29th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Leadership at the Center Blog #2

Join our Reading for Leading Book Club We at the Center like to discuss books.  This summer, if you had dropped by our office during the lunch hour, you may have overheard discussions of works by Edgar Schein, Michael Lewis, Ta-Nehasi Coates, J.D. Vance, Tara Westover, Michelle Alexander, or Peter Block.  It is within [...]

2018-10-31T12:41:16+00:00October 24th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #57

Good morning, I hope you are having a good week.  I’m writing this between days one and two of the Center’s annual Equity Institute, which is fabulous and a total emotional overload.  Yesterday morning we spent time in the galleries at the Wadsworth, where we hold the institute in partnership with the Amistad Center.  Last [...]

2018-10-18T13:12:36+00:00October 16th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Leadership at the Center Post #1

Over two decades ago, the Graustein Memorial Fund founded the Connecticut Center for School Change to help spearhead efforts to support K12 education across the state. The Connecticut Center for School Change is an educational non-profit that exists to ensure (1) each and every student experiences intellectually engaging and cognitively challenging learning and reaches [...]

2018-10-31T12:41:42+00:00October 16th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #56

Good evening, I hope you are doing well.  I love fall, it’s my favorite season, so it makes me happy to see the leaves starting to change color and know that we are in for a visual treat over the next few weeks. Thank you for the feedback on the Coaching Letter I sent [...]

2018-10-10T12:58:34+00:00October 9th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #55

Good evening, I hope you’re well.  There’s a terrific storm right over my house as I write this, and the rain is bucketing down. This Coaching Letter is about the Portrait of the Graduate work that I’ve been involved in under CAPSS’ leadership.  The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports many education projects in the [...]

2018-10-04T16:43:05+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|