We Don’t Love These Holes: Embracing and Overcoming Resistance

We'd just ended our Title I Annual Meeting and as the parents began filing out of the cafeteria I saw one parent approaching me and smiling. I knew her well from afternoon dismissal. Her daughter was one of our best 5th grade students and I'd recently remarked to her mother that her daughter's report card … Continue reading We Don’t Love These Holes: Embracing and Overcoming Resistance

Seeds of Change: How Urban Agriculture is Growing Our School

When schools refine their focus and synergize all their efforts around innovative initiatives they begin to, sometimes literally, see the fruits of their labor. This summer, a team of teachers from Marbut Traditional Theme School met to discuss our ongoing school improvement plans.  We’d been pursuing STEAM certification for years with no real traction.  We … Continue reading Seeds of Change: How Urban Agriculture is Growing Our School

Principals on the Prayer Line

Analytical psychologist Carl Jung introduced the concept of 'synchronicity' in the 1920's as the principle of "meaningful coincidences". Nothing that occurs in our complex lives is an accident. Events that have no causal relationship are meaningfully related. My most recent experience with synchronicity occurred as I joined a conference call with fellow principals in our … Continue reading Principals on the Prayer Line

Creating Spaces that Nourish Youth Activism

The week preceding the Thanksgiving Break is a busy one for any school principal. There are evaluations to be completed and parent events that require attention. In my movements through Marbut's hallways over the last few weeks I've encountered two fourth grade students who continue to politely remind me that they would like to meet … Continue reading Creating Spaces that Nourish Youth Activism

Emotional Intelligence Matters

Walking through Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood is a Saturday ritual for me. From Moreland Avenue, I find my usual table in the corner of Sevananda Natural Foods Market and observe the steady flow of eclectic patrons pouring into the iconic store. I've been visiting Sevananda since the early 90's and the experience has always … Continue reading Emotional Intelligence Matters

Trouble the Waters: Beaches, Barriers and Legacies of Overcoming at Jekyll Island

Barrier: an obstacle that prevents movement or access. The string of islands we refer to as the barrier islands protect the mainland from storm surges. These islands have a history of their own of barriers, overcome by the will of courageous individuals who survived enslavement, challenged discrimination, and reshaped the social order. On the evening … Continue reading Trouble the Waters: Beaches, Barriers and Legacies of Overcoming at Jekyll Island

The Lost Art of Diplomacy

One of the best lessons I learned during the first months of my principalship was that diplomacy matters. In a life of service, verbal assaults become par for the course. Think Jackie Robinson. Think MLK. Think Barack Obama. Are you able to rise above the rumors, the attacks and accusations and focus on the work? … Continue reading The Lost Art of Diplomacy

The Courage to Fight

courage noun .   cour·age | \ˈkər-ij,  ˈkə-rij\ .   : mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty This month I've been talking to students about how to display courage.  In order for our young people to understand how to embody courage, we must show them examples of those who have confronted obstacles and risked comfort … Continue reading The Courage to Fight