“WOW” The Martin Institute Conference 2014

The Martin Institute “Learning Forward” Annual Conference held at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, TN was OUTSTANDING!  The Presbyterian Day School campus was a perfect venue.  Having classrooms to conduct the concurrent sessions created an atmosphere of quality instruction.  The use of the spacious Fellowship Hall for keynote and featured speakers was ideal, allowing for […]

Best of Show

During 2013 I visited more than 120 boarding schools from Florida to Victoria British Columbia, from Los Angeles to Maine, and from Toronto to San Antonio. This experience was insightful, exhausting, and invigorating. There were large and small schools, wealthy and modest schools, urban and rural schools. There were sunny warm days and rainy cold […]

Tale of Three Noses

Sir Percy Lake was Shawnigan Lake School’s first chairman of the Board of Governors from 1928-1941. His stamp on the school includes one of the two original boarding houses appropriately named “Lakes” which was founded on May 12, 1927. Sir Percy Lake also served as first Chief of the Canadian General Staff.  Little did Sir […]

Is Your School Leadership Delphic or Odyssean?

This week the newspaper described two varieties of economic forward guidance: Delphic and Odyssean. Delphic is named after the ambiguous Greek oracle, Delphi. Intentions are announced and repeated until new data alters the intent. Odyssean recalls the Greek hero Odysseus tying his hands to the mast as they passed the Sirens. He heard the music […]

What Educators Can Learn from “Breaking Bad”

This summer I binge watched “Breaking Bad” with my son Paul. The content was repulsive with topics such as meth cooking, murder, and teasing out the subtle difference between a junkie and an addict. However, the story was riveting and the character development was fantastic. An interesting benefit of binge watching is an increased knowledge […]

Hotter than Haiti – Why I Sponsor

Recently my son and I ran the Hotter than Haiti 10K, a benefit race supporting Consider Haiti, which promotes the health and welfare of children in and around Montrouis, Haiti. We sponsored four rabbits and made three team shirts (one for Paul, me, and my friend Greg Hilderbran). Paul finished 2nd – I was closer […]

Don’t Hit Send!

Since the first letter was written thousands of years ago, there have been moments of regret and embarrassment over the difference between what one wished to communicate and what was actually written. As technology has evolved, the chance for miscommunication has increased. The printing press begat grammatical errors that were replicated en masse. High-speed printers, […]