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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|

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|