President’s Day reflections on education redux

Three years ago on President’s Day weekend, I posted a blog to not only commemorate the holiday but also reflect upon thoughts and statements some of our leaders have made about education.  If you’re interested, you can find that post at https://ericlfox.com/2017/02/20/do-it-for-them-this-presidents-day-and-each-day/ This year I decided to revisit the topic.  Perhaps we’re already tired of…Read more President’s Day reflections on education redux

Do it for the Disengaged!

What I never want to hear….“school sucks.”  Or even worse, “my school sucks.”  I don’t believe that teenagers are naturally apathetic.  I think apathy and disengagement are learned behaviors or defense mechanisms deployed out of necessity.  When children start school, they have dreams of what their lives could be.  If they lose hope by the time…Read more Do it for the Disengaged!

Do it for the “teacher-servants”

There is a tremendous amount of literature surrounding the concept of “servant leadership” these days.  The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) states that servant leaders “...possess a serve-first mindset, and they are focused on empowering and uplifting...They are serving instead of commanding, showing humility instead of brandishing authority, and always looking to enhance the…Read more Do it for the “teacher-servants”

Readings and reflections for Independence Day

I sit in an office that says “Associate Principal” on the door, but I’ve been fascinated with history since I was a kid.  I started my career as a social studies educator, and my passion is still in learning more about those who came before us, their contexts, their dilemmas, their challenges, their courage, their…Read more Readings and reflections for Independence Day

“Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon it’s goods…”

My computer crashed towards the end of the school year and I panicked.  Yes, I know I'm supposed to back it up to the server.  Yes, I know that I give that advice to others.  Yes, I know that I can perform some regular functions to make the calamity less likely or less devastating.  All…Read more “Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon it’s goods…”

Who is in and who is out?

There’s a controversy in my state.  It’s all over the news reports on each television station with reporters getting comments from both those directly involved and those on the periphery.  Social media is blowing up with posts from those incensed from injustice as well as those who justify where we find ourselves.  It is affecting…Read more Who is in and who is out?

Do it for them, not because it’s easy, but because it is hard.

I've had the great learning opportunity to participate in the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders through the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  It has provided tremendous growth around the area of communication and mastering challenging conversations.  Perhaps the greatest challenge any of us faces in our personal and professional lives revolves around the…Read more Do it for them, not because it’s easy, but because it is hard.

Around the globe, teachers do it for them!

I recently returned from a great trip to China accompanying students from my high school to a sister school in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province in the People's Republic of China.  I'm so proud of the students and our district and school leadership for continuing this relationship for the past 16 years.  I'll…Read more Around the globe, teachers do it for them!