Breaking the Barrier of Educational Apartheid

In writing our book, Simon and I interviewed 22 award-winning principals who had moved their schools from low performing to high achieving.  All of these schools were in areas of high poverty in their communities.  Most people did not expect these students to do well.  In fact, often the biggest challenge for the principals was to get the adults to …

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 …