The quality & morale of teachers is absolutely central to the well being of students and their learning.
Teachers create and transform energy. They are the dynamos of educational change.
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.
High performing organizations have cultures of creativity and risk. They encourage workers to innovate and play.
Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
Service to others should be one of the most basic purposes of family life and schooling.
We must never return to the Julie Andrews curriculum where we teach "a few of my favorite things"!
High performance leaders capitalize on crises to galvanize the motivation and actions of people in the organization.
We should test prudently; not profligately.
The economists who have put the spotlight on teacher quality are the ones who most misunderstand it.
It's important to be innovative when times are prosperous. It's essential to be innovative when they are not.
Don't raise the bar and narrow the gap, but narrow the gap to raise the bar.
Teachers who don't pull their weight drag down the profession and their colleagues with it.
Blame and betrayal are the emotional enemies of improvement.
When the purge of teacher individualism is unrestrained, eccentricity, initiative and individuality become the casualties.
Schools that cannot tolerate interesting & enthusiastic eccentrics who work better alone than together are devoid of flexibility & spirit
Mentors turn into tormentors if they believe they are always right.
On teacher education: induction into current mandates must not turn into seduction away from best practice.
A successful school has to engage all the people, all the powers, and all the capacities within it.
Education leaders must have the will at times to release leadership to the teachers the parents and the students.
Students are often the last to know about change that is occurring in their own school system.
On technology: The teacher is mightier than the mouse.
If we're all on the same page, no one's reading the whole book.
Strong professional communities risk and sometimes relish conflict.
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