Taking Instructional Improvement to Task (Part 1 of 2)

I live a privileged professional life. Each year, I am invited to visit dozens of school districts and spend time in hundreds of classrooms kneeling next to students aged 4 to 20.  Whether through the formal process of Instructional Rounds or more casually dropping into classrooms, I am typically working with teachers and administrators [...]

2018-12-20T12:18:40+00:00December 13th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|