Listening to the 2nd Inaugural address delivered by President Obama and the whole pageantry of the occasion, I was struck by two themes; we the people and fairness. His theme of “we the people’ included the issues of; keeping the promise of social security, medicare and medicaid; responding to global climate change; fairness in how we somehow respond to wage and income differences, gender, equality and immigration. For readers, here is the full, actual text of this speech. And thank your for inviting Myrlie Evers to speak. That was a treat. Continue reading “Seizing the Moment, Obama’s Inaugural Address”
Affirmations, or repeating words or phrases out loud do have the power to keep us attuned to the definitions and to the outcomes they define and engender. Here are a few of mine. What are yours? Continue reading “Words We Affirm Have Power”
I found this article from the BBC astonishing. Considering the sad state of affairs for so much of education in … Continue reading Educational News, from Great Britain
In July, the Central Valley School District will become Pennsylvania’s first merged district in at least 20 years.
From the start, the two tiny school districts 40 miles north of Pittsburgh made bettering education the main goal of the merger and treated cost savings as a bonus.
Continue reading Beaver County (PA) school districts to merge in July
To avoid the frustration and wasted time and money spent on efforts that go nowhere, there are nine steps an organization must follow to implement process improvement projects and make change last over the long haul. Continue reading Sustaining Change
Not since the Regional Renaissance Initiative debacle has so much study group brainpower, City and County elected official political muscle, and high powered civic leadership influence been employed to promote a governmental change. For some reason these folks have become besotted with the hopelessly ill-conceived non-solution of merging the City and County governments. Continue reading Push for City-County Merger Continues Despite Flaws and Opportunities
While consolidation might be part of the solution, any district, governmental entity or small business can reduce its costs, becoming more efficient and effective by improving their processes.
“The issue for public schools is to garner appropriate savings in the support areas to shift resources to their core mission of educating kids.”