The bags that teachers carry home symbolize their guilt about the endless care they have to give.
A successful school has to engage all the people, all the powers, and all the capacities within it.
The quality & morale of teachers is absolutely central to the well being of students and their learning.
Courageous leadership is not fearless leadership. What makes you a leader is how you deal with your fears.
Teachers create and transform energy. They are the dynamos of educational change.
High performance leaders create an inspiring future by connecting with a classic and honorable past.
High performing organizations have cultures of creativity and risk. They encourage workers to innovate and play.
If one foot is in a bucket of steam, and the other is in a bucket of ice, you are not, on average, comfortable.
You cannot switch teachers on and off as if they were PowerPoint presentations.
Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
On school culture: It's hard to eat something you've had a relationship with.
Adolescence is about digging out the iron inside irony.
Evaluation schemes that implicate 100% of the staff to detect a small % of incompetents are a waste of time.
Human growth is not like rhubarb. It can be nurtured and encouraged but it cannot be forced.
Lateral trust among colleagues is as important as vertical trust within the hierarchy.
Deadwood did not kill itself!
Improvement is about doing something better; innovation is about doing something new.
On assessment: measure what you value instead of valuing only what you can measure.
On government & unions: the only thing worse than blind trust is blind mistrust.
In healthy individuals, emotions don't distort rationality, they enhance it!
Students become good learners when they are in the classes of teachers who are good learners.
A first class system of early childhood education is the hallmark of a caring and civilized society.
One or two bad teachers is a problem with the teachers. A school with many bad teachers is a problem of leadership.
All teachers are already leaders. It's in the nature of teaching.
High performance leaders know they have to breathe out when they are coming up for air.
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