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reflection
Reflecting on My 50th High School Reunion and What I’ve Learned About Life and Life in Education

Five years ago, I attended my 45th high school reunion and reflected in my Blog about how the interpersonal and student-focused dynamics of high schools in the early 1970s were similar and different from the high schools I worked in—at that time—in 2017. Today, I attended my 50th high school reunion, and it is striking what has happened in our country and across the world over the past five years. And while I will detail some of that history in a poem below, let’s recognize that every generation feels that it is unique, and that it contributed something essential to American history and our social fabric.

Mon Oct 17 09:26 PM

Keys to Great School Building Designs
Keys to Great School Building Designs

The vast majority of the 250 schools I have visited over the last decade were designed and built with little alignment to what many of use believe is the future of learning. School communities have spent vast treasure building learning spaces that re-enforce an industrial model of education that should have been retired thirty or more years ago.

Tue Oct 04 07:48 AM

Football
Winning Is A Process

If you are like me, this is certainly one of your favorite seasons of the year and the particular season to which I refer has little to do with the weather. On the other hand this season has everything to do with school colors, fight songs, tailgating, game-day attire, and how we structure and schedule our Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Tue Sep 13 09:25 AM

The Winning Grants Institute
The Winning Grants Process

Some of the most interesting conversations about grants happen when I am on the road or in the air. Recently, a gentleman named Emmanuel and I started a conversation while waiting for a plane. Naturally, I am always eager to talk about grants. But unfortunately, I hear the war stories of those who have been too fearful even to try to seek a grant, or I hear lament from those who refuse to run into a brick wall again. Emmanuel runs several non-profits, so he was especially eager to hear about my work. Again, I found myself quoting from my own book, The "How to" Grants Manual, as I tried to put grant seeking in perspective. Quoting from my book is not challenging after authoring nine editions of it and teaching it for 50 years.

Wed Aug 24 11:04 AM

staff
As the new school year begins…SOME KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER!

Have I done everything I can to prepare for this school year? Have I forgotten something that's key to keeping everyone informed? As school leaders, we are always thinking about what we need to do next.

Tue Aug 09 10:59 AM

The Winning Grants Institute
The Winning Grants Institute

The Winning Grants Institute is an innovative partnership between The Akribos Group and David G. Bauer Associates and is based on The “ How To” Grants Manual, now in its 9thedition. The Winning Grants Institute has developed a program that results in a success rate of approximately 50% and made it available in a cloud-based format.

Tue Jul 26 04:06 PM

Leading Schools
Leading Schools That Focus on Both Meaning and Purpose

This week I am visiting the venerable Tower Hill School in Delaware to share thoughts about the status of education in a rapidly changing world, and some vision about how a leading school might impact the big challenges ahead. I was asked to share a few examples of schools that are really leading the way. This is always a difficult task because there are so many, and so many I don’t even know about. Over the last decade there has been a virtual tsunami of K-12 innovation, much of it leading towards a much more student-centric, inquiryproject-experiential learning environment. As I said back in 2012, we are re-finding what eduleaders like Montessori and Dewey knew 100+ years ago.

Tue Jul 12 09:35 PM

Change
Schools Don't Change, People Do

“The Core of Change is Learning. Which is ironic. Our institutions of learning are slow, some might even say, immune to change.” – ‘The Human Side of Changing Education’, Julie (Wilson) Jungalwala

Tue May 31 09:01 AM

Together
A Model for Real World Learning Partnerships

Is your school, like so many others, thinking of leveraging community partnerships for real world, student-choice learning? If so, read on!

Tue May 17 08:35 AM