“You don’t understand, Dad, your skin is white!” Like many international school educators, I have found myself confined to a distant country during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. In my case, Myanmar, where borders have closed, flights into the country have ceased to exist, and departures are limited to relief flights organized by embassies … More “You don’t understand, Dad, your skin is white!”
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?
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?
As educators, we have an awesome responsibility. We are charged with preparing our students for the future. No matter what they may end up doing in the future – whether they are business people, authors, political leaders, or engaged in a trade, we have the responsibility to make sure they have the skills they need … More The Must Haves
Passing of an Ethical Icon This past summer, we saw the passing of an ethical icon. In July, we learned Elie Wiesel was no longer with us. As I read the obituaries and platitudes written in his honor, I was reminded Wiesel was 16 years old when he emerged from the Holocaust as a survivor. … More Passing of an Ethical Icon
Annually, the leadership team at Escuela Campo Alegre (ECA) in Caracas, Venezuela, engages in professional literature studies of approximately six books, plus articles as they come up. The team spends approximately six weeks reading the same book independently, and then comes together for a team discussion of what has been read. Generally, there is a … More Book Review: The culture engine: a framework for driving results, inspiring your employees, and transforming your workplace