Archive for May 2015

What will make your schools become the choice of choosers?

It’s his cornerstone. As another academic year winds down, at least one superintendent is making sure students leave for summer break feeling like they already have a bond with the teacher they will have next fall. “Sneak-Peak” or “Move Up” Day is part of a Customer Service 101 approach to running schools championed by Kelly Middleton,…

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It’s astounding how “it” always gets down to one thing – SCN Encourager

Timing. Even the wisdom of the ancients can’t get around this fact. I tried. Despite the protestations of the only three school communicators in the Midwest who majored in philosophy back in college, I devoted the two previous Encouragers to remind us (okay, maybe just me…) about what Socrates, Plato, and Sophocles had to say. Socrates stressed the value of questioning. Plato stressed the truth that our emotions greatly…

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What is this Pinterest thing?

If you hop around on websites these days, you’re likely to find a “Pin it” button around images as well as entire articles/webpages. But, what it this Pinterest thing and how do you even go about “pinning” something? It’s rather simple, really. Imagine a bulletin board overflowing with great ideas, recipes, or even products. Now, rather…

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A Monday morning inspirational classic (2500 years old) – SCN Encourager

“Classic” as in Classical Athenian Culture, that is Shazam! My highbrow “twofer” last Friday featuring Socrates and Plato was a hit. No one was more surprised than me. Apparently, a number of you knew Socrates was the grand master of inquiry learning (asking questions) and Plato was one of the first to recognize the critical role that emotion…

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How ’bout brushing up on your Plato this weekend? – SCN Encourager

Are you annoyed by these questions? Don’t be. You’d make Socrates proud. Remember, he was the one who got the ball rolling on the whole “inquiry” thing about 2400 years ago. I kinda forgot all about this. When I saw that the following awesome article began with a reference to Plato, I went question crazy. I thought…

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Nurturing relationships with staff and community

It’s Thursday, so why aren’t you wearing red tennis shoes? Northview Superintendent Mike Paskewicz smiles whenever he hears that question when he’s out and about his north Grand Rapids, Mich., community. It’s amusing that he’s finally become a fashion plate in his 40th year as a public educator. But the real reason the question tickles Paskewicz…

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