Proud to Be on the Board of Directors of DSEF!

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I'm proud to serve on the Board of the Dripping Springs ISD Education Foundation. We're "All In" to provide the resources teachers need (above and beyond the district budget) to educate the kids of our growing town! ...
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The Case for Proactivity

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ll never forget Villanova University’s victory over Patrick Ewing’s mighty Georgetown Hoyas in the NCAA National Basketball Championship Game in 1985, still regarded as the greatest upset in the history of The Final Four. Despite being unranked at the end of the regular season (and having lost t ...
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My Thoughts About Teachers’ Unions

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Over the past ten days (August, 2019), I’ve been the keynote speaker for 9 opening convocations in four states, almost all of which resulted in standing ovations from the assembled faculty and staff. Teachers, especially, fairly beamed as they told me how inspiring it was to be powerfully reminded ...
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The Essential Difference Between a Boss and a Leader

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A boss and a leader are not the same things. In fact, they’re almost opposites. Though millions wear both hats simultaneously, it’s quite common to function for decades as a boss without ever becoming a leader. Or, for that matter, you might be an effective leader without ever wearing the title ...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T, That’s What I Want From PD!

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A recent article in Education Week Magazine (by Sarah Schwartz, May 15, 2019) reports that the most profound emotion that educational in-service speakers evoke in teachers is… wait for it… disrespect. Wow! All that planning, work, and money invested by school districts in ...
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DARK MAGIC: The Coming AI Revolution and How to Prepare Students for It

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"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that." HAL 9000 computer from 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley KubrikThe earth shook in November of 2017 and no one noticed. One of the most cataclysmic milestones in human history passed quietly that month, but unlike other watershed achievements (inven ...
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Teachers on a Mission

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Goodteaching doesn't 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 the ...
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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 that ...
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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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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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