Stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Last Tuesday, eight people lost their lives in three Atlanta-area shootings.  The victims’ names are Delania Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng. Six of the victims were of Asian descent.  This mass murder has captured media coverage, but violence [...]

2021-03-22T11:59:40-04:00March 22nd, 2021|Leadership at the Center|

Looking Beyond the Pandemic

Events of the last year have many of us contemplating the future of public education.  This is both healthy and necessary.  A year into the pandemic, we’ve learned much about both technology and the centrality of schools in the lives of young people.  But “returning to school” or “embracing instructional technology” in a post-COVID world [...]

2021-03-01T11:53:04-05:00March 1st, 2021|Leadership at the Center|

Thank you, Richard, for everything.

In Memoriam:  Richard F. Elmore (1953-2021) Last Wednesday, the field of education lost one of its most energetic champions as well as one of its most insightful and constructive critics.  Richard F. Elmore, retired professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, passed away last week, leaving behind a rich and lasting legacy. Among his [...]

2021-02-18T15:06:34-05:00February 18th, 2021|Leadership at the Center|

Making Sense of It All

It is June 3, 2020.  Days into protests across the nation and world, human beings are angry, confused, frustrated, and in pain.[i] Today I sat down to pen a statement on behalf of CT Center for School Change, but I struggled. During the last several days, I’ve used writing as a source of sense-making, [...]

2020-06-04T09:53:41-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Leadership at the Center|

Myths of the Pandemic: Education and Schooling in the Context of COVID-19

Over the last several weeks, I’ve partnered with numerous districts, schools and leadership networks.  I’ve watched and listened carefully as they make sense of the pandemic and its impact on schooling.  And as the father of two teenagers, I’ve watched my own district plan and re-plan how they will best meet student needs in [...]

2020-04-28T14:49:00-04:00April 28th, 2020|Leadership at the Center|

Leading Distance Learning: Lessons from Virtual Principals and Research

School leadership matters, and though it can come from different sources and be distributed across the organization, we know that school administrators are essential for creating a school vision, supporting high-quality teaching and learning, developing educator capacity, fostering a strong culture, and driving improvement. Over the past few decades, thousands of articles and books [...]

2020-03-30T12:14:11-04:00March 27th, 2020|Leadership at the Center|

Tipping Point or Temporary Uptick: Observations on District Equity Efforts in CT and Across the US

On November 16, 2019, I had the honor to co-present at the annual CABE/CAPSS Convention with three remarkable educators on the topic of equity efforts in Naugatuck, CT.  Superintendent Sharon Locke, Naugatuck Board Vice Chairperson Ethel Grant, and partner/consultant Kathy Turner told a compelling story of the intentional efforts to create a culture of [...]

2019-12-12T12:02:18-05:00December 12th, 2019|Leadership at the Center|

Making your Mediocre Strategy Matter:  Strategic Implementation

I’d much rather you implement a mediocre strategy well than a “perfect” strategy half-heartedly.  This may seem like heresy in the modern era of research-based interventions and metanalyses that show effect sizes, but I’ve been saying this to district leaders for years, and I still believe it.   Recently, while facilitating a district back-to-school administrative [...]

2019-09-10T16:11:25-04:00September 10th, 2019|Leadership at the Center|