The Unwitting Doctor of Death

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Ignaz Semmelweiss 1860In the middle of the 19th century the obstetrics ward of Krakenhaus Hospital in Vienna, Austria was supervised by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis. In his role there he watched fully 10% of his patients die of “childbed (Puerperal) "fever” after giving birth. Women in tha ...
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THE NIGHT OF TERROR (AND HOW TO AVOID IT IN THE CLASSROOM)

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October 7, 1969 is a date that lives in infamy among the older citizens of Quebec much as the mere mention of December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001 elicits a visceral response in her neighbors to the south. But rather than a planned attack, the mayhem that day had erupted as organically and spontan ...
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Teachers on a Mission

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Good teaching does not occur by accident.  On the contrary, it is the result of finely honed skills and an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of human learning and motivation.  Almost every weekday around the world dedicated school teachers invest their time, energy, resources, even their money in ...
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THERE’S MAGIC IN A BIG DREAM

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On a recent speaking trip to Chicago I finally saw the opportunity to undertake a pilgrimage I had been planning for over a year. I’ve long been a fan of Daniel Hudson Burnham, the man who envisioned, built and operated the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, one of the most jaw-dropping achievement ...
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THE LAST VESTIGE OF JIM CROW: Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act

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DISCLAIMER: Education speaker Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) the topic below in any of his public presentations, but his interests are wide and varied, so he sometimes uses this blog to express views he finds interesting or noteworthy. "Increase the Minimum Wage!” echoes as a ...
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“WOW-manship,” The Art of Dazzling Your Customer

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     WOW! I was floored. After more than 20 years as a loyal AVIS Rent-a-car patron, I was transformed into a Hertz customer in a solitary magical moment. It was my practice to always rent my cars from AVIS. Their service was almost consistently stellar and on those rare occasions that it wasn’ ...
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Superintendent Testimonials

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COMMENTS FROM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTSIn my 40+ years in education, your opening day program was the very best I have ever attended – everyone in attendance can’t stop talking about it!  Thank you so much for your inspiring message delivered in an extremely entertaining context! ...
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Superintendent Testimonials

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COMMENTS FROM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS In my 40+ years in education, your opening day program was the very best I have ever attended – everyone in attendance can’t stop talking about it!  Thank you so much for your inspiring message delivered in an extremely entertaining context! ...
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Why Conservatives Resist Science on Global Warming

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DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) the topic below in any of his public presentations, but his interests are wide and varied, so he sometimes uses this blog to express views he finds interesting or noteworthy.During a recent interview on NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers ...
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Horrible Bosses, Lovable Leaders and Everything In Between, by Educational Leadership Speaker Billy Riggs

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I once had a barbarian for a boss. He hovered over each employee like an angry schoolmarm, barked out orders like a drill sergeant and reviewed all my work with a skeptical eye as though I might be trying to pull the wool over his eyes. He was constantly on guard lest one of us mak ...
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