The GISD Fundamental 5 Camp – Fundamental Change Tweets

On August 4, my Twitter time line blew up with tweets from the Garland ISD Fundamental 5 Camp.  To share the great insights and thinking that occurred at the camp, over the next few days I will share the best tweets from participants, categorized by topic. Today I’m sharing the tweets leading up to and…

A Reader Writes… (Sunday Advice 2/7/10 – Part 3)

In response to the posts relating to, “A Reader Shares… Sunday Advice (2/7/10),” a reader writes: “When I first heard Brown’s Law I too felt insulted. I didn’t believe it and even discussed the issue with close friends who felt the same as I. But, after years of hard bumps and bruises, my friends and…

A Reader Writes… (Interview Prep – Part 4)

In response to the posts on interview prep, a reader writes: “Although you are right, there are things that can be learned in this type of interview, there is danger working in these districts. Remember, you work for who hired you. If the superintendent hires you, that’s who you work for. If a committee of…

Brezina Writes… (Not Getting The Job Done – Part 5)

In response to the post, “Who Really is Not Getting the Job Done – Part 3,” Bob Brezina writes: “This writer is really getting to the bottom line of his or her particular situation. The more we share with each other, the sooner we will put ourselves in the position to make our schools exceptional.…

A Reader Writes…

In response to the post, “Our Own Worst Enemy,” a reader writes: “Well, at least the teacher said “my students”, so maybe there is hope. The old paradigm is that we focus on students for the shortcomings in a classroom. Can’t pass TAKS? Students are too low. Students won’t act right? Students don’t come with…

The New Working Definition of Great

A reader pointed out that I mention “Great Schools” a lot and asked how I defined “Great”. This is an excellent question because the definition of a great school used by me and my colleagues at the R4 Group differs from that used by most educators. The original definition of a great school probably began…
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