Blog - Akribos Professional Associates and Guest Contributors


Civility
Civility: The Overlooked But Most Important 21st Century Skill?

For more than two decades, forward-leaning educators have focused on a set of skills that for some reason all started with the letter “C”: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, etc. I want to add another “C” to that list, one, I would argue, that will be more important to the world going forward than all the rest. Civility. If we don’t get this one right, we may not have a framework in which the others will bear fruit.

Tue Jan 31 08:30 AM

Are You Ready?
ARE YOU READY?

In our world of uncertainty, especially for superintendents, there is one thing we can rely on: it is not a matter of if a crisis will occur, but when. A recent stint as an interim superintendent served as a reminder that the job has a unique set of challenges and adequate preparation is essential.

Tue Jan 17 07:55 AM

Season's Greetings
Season’s Greetings and Appreciations!

Over the course of this past year, we have continued to witness the innovative and compassionate response of educators across the nation as they continue to accommodate the educational and social needs of their student populations.

Tue Dec 06 09:44 AM

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving

May the holiday bring you good things in abundance and may your blessings be multiplied this year. Happy Thanksgiving from The Akribos Group!

Tue Nov 22 07:56 AM

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