Coaching Letter #120

Hi there. I hope you're doing well. I don't know if the end of the school year has provided you any respite or not--I know things are still very busy. I hope you do get to breathe a bt. Here in Connecticut it's been ridiculously hot and muggy, and I am grateful that we [...]

2020-06-29T07:44:19+00:00June 29th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #119

Friends, I had a Coaching Letter almost ready to go on Tuesday night. I can’t remember why I decided to send it on Wednesday morning instead, but on Wednesday morning it was nowhere to be found. Apparently I wrote the whole thing without saving? Stupid mistake. I was too annoyed and frustrated to try [...]

2020-06-15T08:59:14+00:00June 15th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #118

Friends, I hope this finds you well. My colleague Kerry Lord ran a Zoom session on wellness for 300 people today which expanded my thinking about what we mean by wellness—that it is not just about our emotional and physical health—we should also be talking about intellectual and social wellness. That all seems exactly [...]

2020-06-04T08:48:28+00:00June 4th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #117

Despite the fact that I have a book manuscript due on June 1, and a module for the Center’s re-opening school workshop to design, and other district projects I’m working on, I have found myself having to fight the urge to work on an article for the Kappan’s April 2021 issue: “Research, meet practice.” [...]

2020-05-27T08:30:30+00:00May 27th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #116

Friends, I hope this finds you well. I can’t believe it’s so long since I wrote a Coaching Letter, and I can’t believe that when schools closed several weeks ago I thought I was going to have more time to read books. I bought a pile of them from bookshop.org. A book purchase is [...]

2020-05-15T09:10:39+00:00May 15th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #115

Friends, I hope this finds you well. I know there are people reading this who have been ill with covid-19, and others who know someone who has died. I am very sorry. I know also that people in education have plenty offers of help and resources coming at them, so I don’t want to [...]

2020-04-27T15:50:07+00:00April 27th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #114

Hi, I hope you're well. My dad reminded me that today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 accident that nearly resulted in the loss of the spacecraft on its way to the moon. The book Lost Moon (Lovell and Kluger, 1994) and the movie based on the book, Apollo 13, are favorites of mine. I think we can learn [...]

2020-04-13T08:49:39+00:00April 13th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #113

Friends, now that we are a couple of weeks into what I think of as the Great Experiment in Distance Learning, all these thoughts keep crossing my mind about various theories and research that I use all the time for myriad purposes have taken on a whole new significance. This Coaching Letter is about [...]

2020-04-02T08:36:35+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #112

Hello, I hope you are well. We at the Center are working hard to be helpful in these difficult times. You should have received a set of resources from us on Thursday, plus a survey so that we have a better idea of what you need. Everyone on staff would be more than happy [...]

2020-03-23T12:21:36+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #111

This Coaching Letter is about many things, including but not limited to: leadership, decision-making, tacit knowledge, expertise, experience, and trust. I once heard Meg Wheatley give a keynote speech at a conference in Colorado. I don’t know exactly when it was, but it was probably around 15 years ago, after the birth of Google [...]

2020-03-16T08:34:37+00:00March 16th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|