Capacity building originally meant helping people to help themselves. Now it means required training to deliver imposed policies.
Teaching is a never-ending story. The work is never over; the job is never done.
On data: We are the drivers, not the driven.
One or two bad teachers is a problem with the teachers. A school with many bad teachers is a problem of leadership.
Sustainable leadership does no harm to and actively improves the surrounding environment.
Schools often get the teachers they deserve!
Every solution has a problem.
The rules of the world are changing. It is time for the rules of teaching and teachers' work to change with them.
On teacher education: induction into current mandates must not turn into seduction away from best practice.
Professional trust is a process, not a state.
The economists who have put the spotlight on teacher quality are the ones who most misunderstand it.
The Common Curriculum can easily become the karaoke curriculum, where everyone just follows the bouncing ball of the script.
High performance leaders know they have to breathe out when they are coming up for air.
A first class system of early childhood education is the hallmark of a caring and civilized society.
We learn more from people who are different from us than ones who are the same.
On technology: The teacher is mightier than the mouse.
All teachers are already leaders. It's in the nature of teaching.
We must use collegiality not to level people down but to bring together their strength and creativity.
Deadwood did not kill itself!
Arrogance is the conjoined twin of ignorance.
Teaching is a passionate profession.
A successful school has to engage all the people, all the powers, and all the capacities within it.
Lateral trust among colleagues is as important as vertical trust within the hierarchy.
We should test prudently; not profligately.
Although everyone wants to change the teacher, it's time for the agents of educational reform to change themselves.
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