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 comfortContinue reading “The Courage to Fight”

Arguments with Mrs. Collins

When I think of visionary educators, I think of Lucy Craft Laney and Marva Collins.  Both women started their own schools in predominately African-American communities.  Laney opened her school in 1883 in Augusta, Georgia while Collins founded Westside Preparatory School during the same year I was born – 1975. A solid elementary foundation was atContinue reading “Arguments with Mrs. Collins”

The Hard Knock Life

There is much symbolism around the idea of a door.  Doorways represent transitions from one place to another.  The doorway is where our guests are welcomed into a home or a school.  The doorway is where first impressions are made. Our language is sprinkled with idioms alluding to the significance of doors: When one doorContinue reading “The Hard Knock Life”

Chapter 8: Be Coachable

{The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, The Mountain Principles:  28 Lessons on Leading and Learning} Be coachable, reflective and resilient in your work so that you can continue to sharpen your skillset. Years ago, while working as a curriculum coordinator, I was tasked with visiting the classrooms of social studies teachers andContinue reading “Chapter 8: Be Coachable”

The Art of No

Principle 28:  Learn to gracefully say no so that you can say yes when it matters the most.  Prioritize and don’t overcommit…just say  no. Harvard Business Review published an article in 2013 entitled “Nine Practices to Help You Say No”.  One of the best phrases in the article was “know your no”.  Know what thingsContinue reading “The Art of No”

The Elephant in the Room

Principle #28:  Confront the elephant in the room and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Soundscape:  Wake Up by John Legend and the Roots There is an elephant in the room and it needs to be acknowledged.  We tend to ignore things that make us uncomfortable.  There are conversations with friends, family, and coworkers that needContinue reading “The Elephant in the Room”