Archive of Capacity Building

Seeing Through and Beyond

on April 2nd, 2012 in Blog by | 2 Comments

I just opened an email from a colleague asking me if I could help her find an article she needed for her work with local district administrators across the state. She was looking for The Singular Power of One Goal (Sparks, 1999) to encourage superintendents and principals to consider the…

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Why Teacher Diversity Matters

on November 23rd, 2011 in Blog by | 4 Comments

When I first became a teacher, honestly, I didn’t think race mattered.  As a child who grew up in single-parent, low-income household, when I first graduated college, I felt I was the “model” of the American Dream.  As a homeowner, mother, wife, college graduate, there were many reasons for why…

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Willing to Learn: Reactions to President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech from Finn

on October 5th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Last week on September 28, 2011, President Obama addressed the students of the nation from Benjamin Bannecker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.  This was his third annual back-to-school address to the nation’s students and the second one I watched with my son, Finn.  Finn is in first grade and…

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Instructional Rounds: A Powerful Reform Strategy

on September 29th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Collaboration, networking, school improvement, instructional support, a collaborative learning culture, knowledge building, and rigorous and relevant teaching—these are all attributes and practices school reformers strive for by awarding funds, promulgating rules, instituting strategic plans, launching training initiatives, and extending promises to stakeholders. One approach that truly advances all of these…

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Fullan Challenges Reformers to Think About Whole System Reform

on May 16th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

The aspiration to “close the gap” in test scores between students of color and whites has been the focus of public policy makers for some time.  Policy makers have established the expectation that schools must do more to ensure that all students of every income, race/ethnicity, language background, and disability…

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