The Moment it Finally Dawned On Me

DRAFT – IF YOU’RE HERE THIS BLOG IS IN PROGRESS BUT I’D LOVE TO TELL YOU MORE… CALL US! After almost 17 years of teaching you’d think I’d have it figured out.  Yet there I was, teaching in the “ideal school” that I...
The Endless Cycle of Hope

The Endless Cycle of Hope

“Hope for a better plan and a better teacher and a better outcome is merely that – hope.  Hope means nothing until it meets action.” Midway through my career, in another country than this, I found myself sitting at a team meeting.  The regular...
“Schools are for Learning”

“Schools are for Learning”

  I was sitting in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom with 41 Heads of School. Our professor, Sir Chris Woodhead, her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, who famously was fired shortly after remarking that there were “15,000 incompetent teachers” in the UK, strode...
Spending Time

Spending Time

  Spending Time versus Spending Money   On Thursday evening our students hosted a ‘Student Spectacular’ that was designed to share some of our recent learning at Headwaters.  We had close to 50 attendees, most of them (naturally being) parents and...
An Excellent Exoskeleton of a Circle

An Excellent Exoskeleton of a Circle

“The mainstream is a myth that those in power create to relegate, to adjudicate, and to ensure that the social power structures of society prevail.  In complying with this system we miss so much possibility, we squash far too many dreams, and we lose too much of...
When You Get it Right

When You Get it Right

 When You Get it Right       “Something right is happening at that school”.   “They are such a wonderful group.”   “Impressive.”     We had a field trip today – something that has been...
Schools are for the Education of Children

Schools are for the Education of Children

How Excellence Happens   “Schools are for the education of children.” I was sitting in a 17th century church in Britain, just arrived off my overnight flight to start my Masters of Education. Our professor opened with this statement and then stood...