The (Unexpected) Trait of Great School Leaders

You may not think of yourself as a leader.  Yet that’s how most great leaders come into their own — because they thought of themselves as collaborators, as catalysts, rather than as the bigger-than-life ego that is often associated with leadership.  There is an attribute that these people share, and it’s something that you can develop — humility. Recently I …

Change Begins Within

When I was a superintendent, I would call my husband at the end of a busy workday and say to him, “Hi hon. I’ve gotta go visit Mom (who was in a nursing home)”.  [big sigh… ]  “I’ll see you at 7:30.” I wanted Mom to be better. I wanted her to be strong and independent again. I did not …

Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our upcoming book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.   Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years.  She is a National …