A Reader Writes… Getting Rid of ISS – Part 6

In response to the 10/22/2013 post, “Getting Rid of ISS – Part 4,” a reader writes” “Academic issues are not our primary goal, but, developing good citizens is.”  Where is the line drawn?  Our young people are still young enough to be influenced, and they need to be taught boundaries, so dress codes are needed.  They…

A Superintendent Writes… A Synthesis of Montelongo and Cain

A LYS Superintendent share the following: LYS Nation, I had the privilege of working directly with John Montelongo several years ago at an inner-city, 5A high school.  Like most schools, we were struggling with math scores and to combat this Montelongo had developed a warm-up book.  Montelongo had analyzed his school-wide data and determined his…

A Reader Submits… LYS Followers?

A LYS reader shares this:I was at an ESC meeting recently when I heard some non-LYS principals discussing “LYS Followers.” LYS Followers??? I don’t know of any LYS “followers.” I go back to the early years of LYS and I don’t consider myself, nor have I ever been accused of being, a “follower”. With LYS,…

It’s Never as Bad as It Could Be

Summer time is construction and remodel time. I know a lot of you are dealing with this right now and are concerned about what will happen if the construction crews don’t finish on time. Having dealt with this numerous times in my career I feel very confident in sharing the following. 1. Assume that project…

Quick Book Reviews and Recommendations

I been so busy lately and the LYS Nation has had so many things to talk about that I have gotten behind on my book reviews. Since my last post on this subject, I have finished four books. Here are my short reviews, presented in order from least useful to most useful (from a school…

A Reader Writes… Spoke Too Soon

A reader/contributor writes: “I see that Commissioner Robert Scott shut down Pearce Middle School! I have to eat my words now! Too bad it took five years of kids getting the short end of the stick to make this happen.”SC ResponseYet the story hasn’t ended yet, local political leaders are still trying to save the…

A Reader Writes… (Brown Wisdom)

In response to the comments relating to, “Brown’s Wisdom,” a reader writes: “Let’s not fool ourselves; most principals are NOT the main advocates for students even though they should be. In most cases they are caught up in political mumbo jumbo, employee issues, and district office garbage that consumes most of their advocacy time. I…
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