Coaching Letter #63

Good afternoon!  I’ve had a busy week and I’m a little sick, so this letter is a little punchier than usual. I have been reading Made to Stick, which is the first of the uber-successful books by the Heath Brothers. (The Heath Brothers are just too good to be true—I can’t stand them.  But [...]

2018-11-30T16:52:44+00:00November 30th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Leading for Equity Principles: From the Minds of Educational Leaders

Over the last few years, the Center has cherished the opportunity to bring various educational leaders—superintendents, school administrators, students, teachers, community members, elected officials--into conversations and professional learning experiences about equitable leadership. In these sessions, we regularly create moments where leaders can distill for themselves the most salient ideas.  Over the last month, in [...]

2018-11-28T09:48:12+00:00November 28th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #62

Hi, I hope you’re doing well.  Things are pretty quiet around here, so I’m just sitting around, reading Dostoyevsky, getting my nails done.  You know, same-ol’-same-ol’. The Times had a piece on gratitude on Sunday, and I wrote a post on Thanksgiving last year (CL #14) that was probably the most popular thing I’ve [...]

2018-11-21T09:18:06+00:00November 21st, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #61

Good evening, I hope this finds you well. If you have time to spare this week (between the turkey and pumpkin pie) and are looking for great things to read and listen to, here are some suggestions. Last week's New Yorker has an essay by Atul Gawande, The Upgrade, about the complicated relationship between [...]

2018-11-19T08:56:00+00:00November 18th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #60

This Coaching Letter is for anyone who has said or even thought that others just don’t have the same sense of urgency as you do, that others need to get on the bus, or that others need to change their mindset—because they have said something about the past, present or future that does not [...]

2018-11-15T09:44:15+00:00November 14th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Dear Elected (and soon-to-be appointed) Officials, May I Offer A Few Suggestions?

Admittedly, I have come to be a bit—perhaps more than just a bit—skeptical about the prospect of federal or state policy significantly and positively influencing student learning and outcomes.  Of course, policy matters—it shapes the authorizing conditions within which schools and districts operate, offering supports and sometimes creating rather significant barriers.  Yet my years [...]

2018-11-08T14:28:50+00:00November 8th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #59

Friends, I know this is a momentous day.  Most of you are involved in some kind of professional learning today, and you still have to find the time to vote, and the weather is miserable.  And I am sure I am not alone in having more on my plate than I can handle gracefully.  [...]

2018-11-08T11:14:38+00:00November 6th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|