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The 3 “i’s” of an ideal candidate

What would the ideal candidate be like for a position at your school? If you were in charge of interviews, would you look for content experts, relationship builders, or community members? There are so many potential strengths we could look for that it quickly becomes overwhelming. Not having a focus that works for your school for the ideal job candidate can cause discontinuity. This means that in the classrooms drastically different things can be happening because the overarching theme wasn't clear when hiring. Additionally this makes building the school culture much more difficult, or impossible. This post could be a job posting, if followed it could lead to a school filled with successful educators that were on a similar page. An ideal job applicant , in my opinion, would have the following attributes: Be interesting Teachers must be more than the content they teach. Do […]

Don’t believe everything you hear about public schools

There is a lot of hyperbole surrounding public education, much of which is false and misleading. In a recent article on the Huffington Post blog titled “U.S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World” writer Steven Singer does an amazing job dissecting this complex topic. The main thing he does throughout the piece is demonstrating how apples to oranges it is to compare schools from different nations to one another. He writes: No school system of this size anywhere in the world exceeds the United States in providing free access to education for everyone. And that, alone, makes us one of the best. This is the crux of debunking the failing schools narrative. While there is certainly much work to be done, there always will, it remains disingenuous to say that schools in the US are categorically failing. I found […]

Why everyone should see the Imitation Game

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” ― Alan Turing Once in a while I come across something so profound that I feel like everyone should experience it. The movie The Imitation Game is one of such things. Set in between pre and post World War Two, it is a thrilling drama about the British effort to break the German war communications machine. According to the wikipedia entry about the film: The Imitation Game is a 2014 American historical drama thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (which was previously adapted as the stage play and BBC drama Breaking the Code). The lead role played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberlatch left an indelible mark on my mind. Besides the […]