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…”

We do what we’re set up to do – no more and no less.

I got back late yesterday from Dallas where I attended AVID Summer Institute.  I’ve attended Summer Institute more times than I can remember in the last 13 years, so to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t pumped about going.  I’d been there, heard it and gotten tshirts, so I wasn’t sure I was going to benefit…Read more We do what we’re set up to do – no more and no less.

A promise delayed or a promise broken?

I remember the day fairly strongly even though I was around 8 or 9 years old.  My aunt was taking me to the movies, and to the best of my recollection, this is the only one she took my cousins and me to.  We went to see Oliver!, a re-release prior to the rise of…Read more A promise delayed or a promise broken?

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?

The urgent need to lean in

This is part of a message that I shared with staff last Friday.  It is not intended to be political in nature although I am certain some are ready to demand specific political actions.  It is not to be intended to be dismissive of the enormous pain and suffering people are feeling both in Florida…Read more The urgent need to lean in

How do you remember your why?

Punxsutawney Phil broke the news to us that winter isn't over, and the photographs and news stories so far this morning have demonstrated that reality for much of the country.  In my city, the temperature was in the upper 60's yesterday, yet today there are winter weather advisories for much of the area.  As an…Read more How do you remember your why?

It’s there whether you see it or not

Although I never read the book by H. G. Wells, I loved watching old movies and newer remakes of The Invisible Man.  I remember growing up one of the local TV stations ran an afternoon matinee on Sundays of science fiction and horror movies, and I remember "watching" Claude Rains in that role in the…Read more It’s there whether you see it or not