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    Archive for the ‘Ed. Leadership’ Category

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    Wanted: One TechnoSuperintendent.

    So, Richmond City Schools will be searching for a new Superintendent.  I haven’t lived here long enough to judge the outgoing Supt., Dr. Deborah Jewell-Sherman, one way or the other [full disclosure: she’s an adjunct faculty member of the Dept. in which I work].  One thing I do know though, having taught in classrooms in […]


    Technology Support

    Originally uploaded by robynejay At one of the sessions at which I presented at AERA, a conversation arose around the issue of tech. support in schools. Neal Strudler, who’d done research on the issue 20 years ago, mentioned that the tech. support personnel he studied then spoke of “working themselves out of jobs.” I’ve heard […]


    Transparency, Blogs, and Personal Learning Networks (PLN)

    There’s an interesting story (free registration required) in the New York Times about professors who blog and engage in other forms of Web 2.0-ness.  I think the MtvU exec. makes the best point when he says that it’s about transparency.  I’ve also espoused transparency as an orientation to my own work, and I think blogging is […]


    Getting Beyond the Fear

    I firmly believe that the single greatest obstacle to digitally-based educational reform is fear.  Fear of change, the unkown, loss of control, etc.  I wish we/I could document my belief empirically.  The other day, I had an opportunity to be at a meeting of a dozen or so school superintendents.  The meeting was not at […]



    Seth Godin’s post today really resonated with me.  He wrote, “Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance.”  When in college, I worked at a Chicago-sytle pizza restaurant owned and operated by a man who had made a good deal of money working in the mercantile exchange in Chicago.  I have lots of […]