Monthly Archives: September 2011

What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

This is a repost of an article that was on CNN. Editor’s note: Ron Clark, author of “The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck — 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers,” has been named “American Teacher of … Continue reading

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The Calendar Conundrum

School calendars always make for interesting discussion.  It has a certain “cringe” factor for superintendents.  Mostly because it’s impossible to design a calendar that suits everyone.   While it may not seem like it to some, we do try to find … Continue reading

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Bread and Circuses

Panem et circenses in the original Latin. “Bread and Circuses”.  The Satires are a collection of satirical poems by Roman authors which allowed them to cleverly critique the social and political climate of their time.  Panem et circenses is a … Continue reading

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Schools spend a lot of time talking about rigor. So do politicians and the media. It seems to be a general consensus that schools nationwide need to add “rigor”. The problem is that we seem to have rigor mortis when … Continue reading

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Let Us Know What You Think About the New Website

Issue resolved!  The domain is now up and running properly.   Remember you can also use or We hope the new website will add more functionality and provide students and parents with easier access to more information.  One … Continue reading

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New Website

Oh the joys of technology. The change over to the new website happened this past weekend. Unfortunately it wasn’t as smooth as we wanted. Currently there is an error when you visit This is an issue with the web … Continue reading

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While We’ve Changed…Bullies Haven’t

One of my favorite non-fiction subjects is the leadership of Winston Churchill.  There’s a lot to be learned from the leaders of World War II and I am fond of Churchill’s candor and wit.   One of my favorite Churchill quotes … Continue reading

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Digital Learning and 21st Century Skills

This morning during my interview on KPIN, I had a very nice discussion with Alex regarding digital natives and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  She asked if I could post the resources I referenced on my blog.  They are … Continue reading

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A Balanced Approach to Technology

The first couple of days in this school year symbolize and important step for SCSD #1.  We have three classrooms that are beginning to pilot 1:1 computer access for students.  The district has a goal of providing every students 1:1 … Continue reading

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Thank You Greg

Tomorrow night our Board of Trustees will continue the process of appointing a new board member to replace departing Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Anderson.  I would like to personally thank Greg for his service to SCSD #1.  Prior to … Continue reading

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