10
SEP
2014

The Joy of Teaching

I can’t help but share a few more highlights from my teacher development presentations in August. These teachers are so eager to learn! I love the enthusiasm generated in several video clips that my colleagues presented during the day. Take a minute or two to watch—they’ll bring a smi
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02
SEP
2014

Guest Post from Teacher Calvin Miller

Post from Calvin Miller, a teacher who attended a conference I spoke at in June. . . Are Charter Schools a Good Idea? Some time ago, I heard and read many disheartening discussions related to charter schools including that they are lower-performing than public schools, that they take
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12
AUG
2014

Traveling with the Concept Leadership Team

What a great experience these two weeks have been, traveling with the Concept leadership team to 7 cities in as many days for Concept Teacher Institute Days!  I feel like an attorney “embedded” with a traveling brigade of master teachers and educators, who are leading professional dev
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17
JUL
2014

Transforming Your Charter School Future

I was honored to present my first ever “global webnote” address July 11 from my home in Minneapolis to the 1800 employees of the worldwide education organization, Mosaica Education. Mosaica manages 27 charter schools in the U.S. as part of over 100 education programs worldwide, includ
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02
JUL
2014

It’s Not What You Say: It’s What People Hear

According to National Charter Schools Conference presenter Frank Luntz (right), Political Consultant, Pollster and Communications Consultant, the most important result  Americans want from public education is: “An effective education that prepares students for success in college, care
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30
JUN
2014

New Study: Charter School Graduates More Likely to Go to College

The National Charter Schools Conference opened this morning with a standing-room-only crowd for the first general session—due to a record-breaking 4,600+ attendees to the conference!  True, the conference site in Las Vegas may be attractive to some, but remember, it is  111 degrees ou
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15
JUN
2014

Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League: A Breakthru for Chartering

Think back to your favorite high school memories.  Chances are, they involve sports or extracurricular competitions like debate, theatre, science or even chess.   For charter school students, they don’t always have that choice.  Sometimes they have to give up the extracurricular exper
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02
JUN
2014

Has it really been 40 years? Um Yah Yah!

I just can’t believe it has been 40 years since we graduated from St. Olaf College in 1974.  What fun to see our classmates on campus for Reunion Weekend May 30-31!    The theme of this reunion was clearly retirement–or for some,  our next life phase.  I like to call that phase
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01
JUN
2014

BookExpo America 2014

BookExpo America, the largest gathering of book publishers, authors and writers in the country,  took place May 29-31 in New York City.   Though I didn’t attend this year, Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story  was displayed in the New Title Showcase on the showr
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27
MAY
2014

Inspiring Greatness on a Global Scale

What a thrill to be a presenter at the International Conference on Education (ICE) in Chicago May 21-23.  Participants came from 32 countries and presenters represented 21 different nationalities.  The theme?  “We the Teachers:  Meeting in an International Classroom for Better Educati
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