Winds in the East, Mist Coming In

July and August are often where the winds of school leadership are in a state of flux. The pandemic weather pattern has meant countless changes in school leadership across the country. There were planned and accelerated retirements, fresh starts, and even some departures for careers outside of education. I am one of the many “pandemicContinue reading “Winds in the East, Mist Coming In”

Vision of a Minuteman

I was humbled to play a small part in this publication with Battelle for Kids regarding our work on the Portrait of a Graduate. The development of a shared vision has never been more important than now. 03/10/2021 by Stephen Fujii, in partnership with Matthew Montgomery, Ph.D., Superintendent of Revere Local Schools Revere Local SchoolContinue reading “Vision of a Minuteman”

Don’t Want Enemies…Don’t Choose Leadership

I was recently watching an episode from season six, episode two, of The Crown.  Spoiler alert: stop reading if you are a loyalist to the show and haven’t watched this far.  The episode focuses on the relationship between the Queen and then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  Towards the end of the episode the Queen cautionsContinue reading “Don’t Want Enemies…Don’t Choose Leadership”

We should be teaching our children…

As some of you know, I am a bibliophile.  I just finished the book Factfulness (2018) by Hans Rosling.  Towards the end of the book, Rosling wrote about the importance of teaching our children critical thinking.  I found that interesting because critical thinking shows up in our work with student engagement.  In fact, the high school used criticalContinue reading “We should be teaching our children…”

Jump…off social media

The partnership between community, parents, and school has never needed to be stronger than in present times.  Our children and students are faced with many challenges that are unique from what today’s adults were faced with in their own time of adolescence.  As a district leader and parent of four, I often wonder what proactive stepsContinue reading “Jump…off social media”

Public Schools Serve as the Bedrock

Today marks the 19th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America.  It is a day of reflection and mourning for one of our darkest days in modern history.  On September 12th we awoke as a country that was more unified than ever, where you could see American flags flying almost everywhere as a signContinue reading “Public Schools Serve as the Bedrock”

This too shall pass…Message to the Class of 2020

I have been searching during this pandemic for the words to share with the Class of 2020. A class who has arguably been through more than any in recent history.  I was looking for ways to look at this time perhaps through a different lens.     In my search, I stumbled onto a story that EckertContinue reading “This too shall pass…Message to the Class of 2020”