Gradually, Then Suddenly

Gradually, Then Suddenly   I was meeting with a student for a book study of Good to Great recently, and we were talking about what Jim Collins calls “the Flywheel Effect.” Collins does an effective job of explaining…

From Too to To

From “Too” to “To”   This might be the first time a blog title has been comprised completely of prepositions and adverbs. (That opening is my English teacher past making an appearance.) The idea for this post came…

Community

Community   This weekend my wife and I were vendors, or exhibitors, at the What Cheer Flea Market. Either one of those words, vendors or exhibitors, seems a little fancy to describe the 450 plus people who brought…

Connect

Connect   This morning I had the opportunity to go and speak to a cohort of ISU graduate students on a variety of education leadership topics. I enjoyed the opportunity to connect and answer questions, and I had…

Challenges and Changes

A pipe from the Irving heating system, totally obstructed and recently replaced A rendering of the exterior of the planned new district office Many of our recent administrative, board, and staff conversations have centered on facilities and curriculum…

Connections

Last weekend was a family wedding weekend for my family, with my sister’s youngest son getting married. I have officiated quite a few weddings, but it is different when there is a family connection. Weddings are one of…

September is School Election Month

On September 12 Indianola Community School District patrons will have the opportunity to go to the polls to elect new school board members and to vote on the renewal of the school district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy….

Bargaining in a Time of Uncertainty

Monday night, February 13, the Indianola CSD School Board approved a two-year contract with the Indianola Education Association. The IEA membership had ratified the tentative agreement on Thursday afternoon. The contract is a total package settlement of 1.98%…

What 1.11% SSA Means for Schools

I was asked to write an article on this topic for the paper. Here is a re-run of that: Iowa school finance is complicated, but understanding certain concepts can help one’s overall understanding. I appreciate being asked to…

Resolute

Resolute This time of year, as we usher in a new year, there is inevitably talk of New Year’s resolutions. I know there have been years that I have written resolutions because I believe there is power in…