A Culturally Competent Citizenry for the 21st Century

By Yvonne Caamal Canul, HD.L.

In 1959, noted anthropologist Edward Hall authored a book entitled, The Silent Language. It was a part of every Peace Corps Volunteer’s “book locker” as they headed out to do good work in the farthest reaches of the world. The Silent Language provided the reader with a way to...

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Nurturing Positive Relationships with Parents

By Patrick F. Bassett

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the boarding school featured in the Harry Potter series, “teachers reign supreme and parents stay away, safely on the other side of the solid brick wall at Platform 9¾... no e-mail, no Internet, only owls to carry the rare letter back and forth,”...

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A New Way of Thinking: Schools as Professional Learning Communities

By Robert Eaker and Janel Keating

There is some good news about public education! We know more than we’ve ever known about successful school improvement. In fact, rarely in American history has there been such wide-spread agreement among researchers and practitioners alike regarding how to significantly improve schools....

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Legal Brief: Balancing Accountability and Transparency on the Board Level

By Kenneth I. Bergman, J.D.

With the continued call for greater accountability and transparency sweeping across all levels of the education system, many school systems are struggling under the glare of public scrutiny. Boards continue to struggle with balancing the privacy needs of the board to conduct business with the...

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Actions of Effective Leaders

By Brian A. McNulty, Ph.D.

What I have outlined below are five specific actions that leaders must take if they want to make improvement in their schools and districts. Before identifying these five actions however I need to address one system-wide concern that that must be addressed first.

Of all of the potential...

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