The honking of the horn: a tale of cultural differences I had an interesting experience this past summer while home in Minnesota. I was parked at a Caribou Coffee – the northern Midwest’s attempt to ward off the cultural dominance of Starbucks. I happened to look in my rearview mirror and noticed another car quickly … More The honking of the horn: a tale of cultural differences
Reframing the Lens We go home to Minnesota every summer. We have a cabin on a lake. Really, in Minnesota, who doesn’t have a cabin on the lake, after all, it is the land of 10,000 lakes. You can’t drive for ten minutes without running into another lake. In our case, our cabin is in … More Reframing The Lens
What’s the hurry? What I’ve come to believe about change I consider myself to be an agent of change. I’m in my fourth headship in 17 years. In each of these positions, I’ve approached them with the firm belief and personal understanding my role is to advocate and initiate change. This is partially due … More What’s the hurry? What I’ve come to believe about change
The Fortunate Few There are many reasons my wife, Kirstin, and I decided to make international education a career following the initial two-year experience we had in 1992 when we took a leave of absence from our teaching positions in the US. USA Today recently ran an article (May 6, 2019) describing the many benefits … More The Fortunate Few
The Compassionate School I felt a sense of incredible pride when The International School Yangon (ISY) opened its doors to students for the 2018-19 school year on 15 August. Last year, ISY worked closely with consultant John Littleford at redefining who we are as a school. I have to be honest and say I fully … More The Compassionate School
Reflections on School Crisis I once told my wife that as a head of school, my position should be retitled, “professional problem solver.” The reality is, much of what we do in our role as the head of the school is about solving problems or developing solutions for various challenges. Some of these are fairly … More Reflections on School Crisis
What is that Reggio thing? The receding tide laps gently at our feet, while wet sand is left behind to caress with a coolness that contrasts sharply with the heat of the piercing sun reflecting off the Bay of Bengal. My ten year old son, Max, kneels beside a tidal pool formed next to a … More What is that Reggio thing?
Reflections on Progress Last week I had an opportunity to join our seventh grade class on a Week Without Walls (WWW) experience to Hpa-An, an area several ours drive to the east of Yangon. Before going any further with this blog, I want to comment on the overall experience I had. Our faculty was wonderful! … More Reflections on Progress
Meanderings on Attachment “There are two seasons in Minnesota – winter and road construction.” I reminisce on this old phrase as I sit in traffic on 35 between Minneapolis and our home base in Duluth. This is a segment of highway that should be flying along at 70 mph, with nothing more than a possible … More Meanderings on Attachment
What kind of experience do we want for our children? I have been absent from blogging for almost a year. This has been due to a sudden and unexpected change in our family status. My wife and I have three daughters. The oldest is out of college, the second just completed her second year of … More What kind of experience do we want for our children?