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What I’m learning now

Partnering with clients is exciting because I get to share their problems and help build their solutions. I learn about their part of the education industry, their organizational culture, and their appetite for change. Each client I’ve had is connected to public education, but some are right in schools, and some are using other angles [&hellip

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How I Got Started

One of the other questions I discuss with peers is “How did you get started consulting?” It’s a short story with a long history. The short version is that I have invested deeply in public education for the last decade of my career, and I delight (and struggle) in using my skills and abilities to [&hellip

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My favorite Project

In conversations with my network of consulting peers, I’ve thrown a question around recently about your favorite project. I’ve heard some reports of projects that yielded healthy checks from notable philanthropists, and I’ve heard of the consultant’s own personal growth in learning new things. I’ve had some great projects over the last two years – [&hellip

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My Golden Rule of Consulting

Because of the networks of the Broad Residency and Denver Public Schools, I have had the opportunity to connect with several smart, entrepreneurial souls starting consultancies in education. In the last conversation with a friend, we discussed how I figured out what I wanted to do, who I work with, and what keeps me going. [&hellip

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Are we there yet?

8/8/14 For the last four or five years, hundreds of talented, committed people have been working on redesigning & implementing feedback and evaluation systems for teachers. Many systems are providing teachers feedback on observed lessons, and teachers are connecting that feedback to specific plans to improve. Will this really change the game for students? What [&hellip

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Iowa’s Investment in People, not Programs

8/4/14 At the Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium today in Ankeny, several people mentioned that Iowa was the first state to create a teacher leadership system. As I listened to the components of the TAP system implemented in the Central Decatur and Saydel systems, I heard about master teachers who have deep content knowledge, [&hellip

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The First 100 Days for Teach for America-Atlanta

7/25/14 DeLano Ford is a dear colleague of mine from my Broad Residency network, and he’s recently taken over as Executive Director of Teach for America in Metro Atlanta. He asked me to help him interpret the feedback from his first one hundred days of listening to Corps Members, staff, funders, parents, district partners, and [&hellip

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Finding the Wanderers

– 3/25/14 On a visit to Denver last month, I stopped in to see some friends at Denver Public Schools and found a colleague overwhelmed. His department is understaffed which leads him to doing the work, which prevented him from running thorough, effective searches for two key roles. I love that stuff. I love writing [&hellip

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An Opportunity to Help

– 3/24/14 I recently completed a business plan and pitch deck for my friend Carmita Vaughan as she seeks to launch a fellowship program for emerging leaders of color in education. I was happy to help my (amazing, beautiful, confident, wicked smart) friend, fortunate to do the work I love in translating dreams into three-year [&hellip

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