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A Week Away from the National Conference on Education!

The calendar has flipped to February, which means the National Conference on Education is right around the corner.  This is the heart of the winter season in Massachusetts, which started with a roar with three snow days in December; luckily we have had a mild January and based on Punxsutawney Phil, we are headed for […]

Life is a Beach

As my wife Susie and I drove Pacific Coast Highway 1 today, I couldn’t help but feel rejuvenated, inspired and more motivated than ever to be me. It wasn’t because of the sunshine and the ocean breeze, though I freely admit that always helps.

What’s on the Back of Your Card?

It’s tragic that due to flight schedules, the Closing General Session causes many attendees to miss out on some of the best speakers of each year’s National Conference on Education.

The Written Word

I did it again. Yup. Every time I come to NCE, I find myself in the bookstore looking at all that is available. I can spend hours in there (and often do). I tell myself I will just look, maybe list the books I am interested in and order them from home. I tell myself books are heavy for travel and that I don’t need more to add to my bookshelf; I already have so many waiting to be read. I tell myself … and then, I find myself there once again…

Singing Superintendents

David Cox, superintendent Allegheny County Public Schools, has been directing the Singing Superintendents for seven years! His passion for music is what drives his commitment to this important part of the National Conference on Education’s closing session.


When I attended Trish Rubin’s Thought Leader session on marketing, I expected to hear best practices related to business. It was refreshing to have a focus on BrandED and to truly unpack our thinking about the story we tell about ourselves.

You are the Storyteller-in-Chief

“Your brand is your image, the promise you make, and the results you envision for your organization.” Never have Trish Rubin’s words resonated more with me. Today at AASA, I encountered content and design thinking  compliments of some very different types of AASA “movers and shakers.”

A Call to Action: Environmental Sustainability

I followed up on yesterday’s boat trip by attending the session hosted by the Superintendents Environmental Education Collaborative today and learned about how two other school systems bring environmental sustainability into their school district.

Bookworm’s Delight

Every semester, our administrative team participates in a book study, sometimes together with the District Leadership Team or District Walkthrough Cadre and sometimes for administrators exclusively, but always a new book each semester. The topics vary and are targeted toward district initiatives, strategic goals and leadership growth. There was even a semester when administrators were divided into groups, with each group reading different books around “hot topics”.

Leaders Know Relationships Transform Learning Over Time

Glenn is known as a fashionista around AASA. More important than socks or shoe styles are his words of wisdom to colleagues during the first ever social media session this morning. Glenn is connected. He gets it. He knows his role, and he is an unabashed, positive force on social media to champion his district.