November 2015

Lead by Example Cover

Think Through Math, an online math support, personalized learning, and tutoring platform, commissioned this ebook, Lead by Example,  for their audience of district and school leaders and administrators.    You can find it here for free download.

The book’s core argument is that we are all 21st century learners, (or we all need to be), and that we can most effectively lead our schools through the necessary transformation our fast-changing times demand by better practicing what we preach to our students.

When we ask our students to show their work, to learn from their mistakes, to state their thesis, to play well with others, to share, to ask more questions, to be creative, and to revise their work,  do we stop to ask ourselves how well we are doing the same?  Do we consider the example we are setting?  How might we better lead by example?

In the eb0ok, each short lesson is illustrated with concrete examples of educational leaders “leading by example” in their everyday practice.  I’ve also tried to connect each practice to Marzano’s meta-analysis of evidence-based leadership strategies, explained in his book, School Leadership that Works.

Some of the leaders referenced in this e-book are Pam Moran, Eric Sheninger, Chris Lehmann, Eric Juli, Brett Jacobsen, Mark Crotty, and Sue Szachowicz.   I thank them for the many ways they inspire me and exemplify leadership by example.








grading assessing online student work

Pleased to share this recent project, commissioned by Blackbaud and Whipple Hill.

Assessment has long been a focal point for me and my work, but in the last two years, I’ve also been increasingly engaged with questions of how schools and educators can strengthen grading as a key component of a broader assessment philosophy and strategy.  It’s been a pleasure to present and consult to several faculties and schools on this topic recently, and I’m delighted to have had this opportunity to write up some of my thoughts in this new short publication.

Although this free 36 page illustrated ebook, which can be downloaded over at Blackbaud K-12, is written particularly for educators in online learning environments, many of the concepts and strategies are nevertheless pertinent and applicable to conventional classrooms as well.

Many thanks to the many online learning experts who provided very valuable input to this project:

  • Corinne Dedini, Online School for Girls
  • Mike Gwaltney, Oregon Episcopal School, (and formerly Online School for Girls)
  • Elizabeth Helfant, Mary Institute and Country Day School (MO) & Global Online Academy
  • Amy Hollinger, Global Online Academy
  • Eric Hudson, Global Online Academy
  • Brad Rathgeber, Online School for Girls
  • Connie White, Woodward Academy (GA)