CURMUDGUCATION: MS: Paving Way for Vouchers - CURMUDGUCATION: MS: Paving Way for Vouchers: *MS: Paving Way for Vouchers* Mississippi has long been considered America's Armpit of Education. Educationa...
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One important analogy is the U.S. military,
Ira Socol, the unabashed scholar he is, dropped my first favorite quote of 2012 in his meme on December 30th:
Things I don’t want to hear in 2012: (3) “Accountability” – you have no idea what to count, so shut up.
Gospel. I almost fell on my face laughing. How did he jump in my skull and pull that thought out? After the recent news that the UFT (yes, my union) and the NYC Department of Education (yes, my employer) came to an impasse about how teachers ought to be evaluated, I could only think of the tense conversations that happened
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
January 1st brings about a unique opportunity for school leaders that often goes unnoticed. School leaders actually have the benefit of celebrating two “New Years”. The initial New Year arrives on the first day that the staff assembles in the summer before students start back. Everyone is excited about the possibilities that the new school year can bring. Time is spent analyzing data, discussing new initiatives, and spending time in professional development opportunities. The second New Year begins today (or whenever you return to school in January). Each day this week I will write about how school leaders can make the most of their second “New Year”
I am quite certain that the beginning part of your year has not been perfect. I believe that failure is a great teacher and the lessons learned in failure are invaluable. Failure has been a big part of the beginning of the