Dear Mr. Secretary, Congratulations on your promotion. You have a lot of work ahead of you. During your time in office, there are a few things that I ask you to do: Firstly, and most importantly, always listen to students. Every aspect of education should be student-centered and student-directed. In any educational question, the needs… Continue reading No Retakes, No Extensions: A Student’s Open Letter To Incoming Education Secretary Miguel Cardona
“Our challenge is to see the seed or opportunity buried in the soil of conflict.” Dedicated to my heart, my nephew E. Henry Phoenix, Arizona is hot! Muy caliente! It’s so hot that afternoon school sports teams often practice in the evening, after the sun has set. Like many schools, the day begins by 8:00… Continue reading Conflict Resolution, Or, The Story of My Nephew Henry.
With the ongoing conversation about students’ academic success and the continued push to hold teachers almost single-handedly accountable for their students’ academic achievements, I have heard little in the way of the personal responsibility of school and district leaders. But nothing could be more important because the tone and vision of our school leaders dictates… Continue reading It’s Past Time That We Hold District and School Leaders Accountable for Student Success