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.
What we want for our students we should want for our teachers: learning, challenge, support, and respect.
Excellence is the asymptotic state that never quite reaches perfection.
Change is easy to propose, hard to implement, and especially hard to sustain.
Teaching is not the oldest profession. But it is certainly among the loneliest.
Improvement is about doing something better; innovation is about doing something new.
The most important emotion in classrooms is surprise.
Mentors turn into tormentors if they believe they are always right.
It is those who have the distinction of privilege who set the standards of disgust with failure.
It's important to be innovative when times are prosperous. It's essential to be innovative when they are not.
If one foot is in a bucket of steam, and the other is in a bucket of ice, you are not, on average, comfortable.
High performance leaders create an inspiring future by connecting with a classic and honorable past.
Service to others should be one of the most basic purposes of family life and schooling.
A brainscan cannot interpret itself and neither can a data dashboard in education.
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.
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