Tag Archives: Inspiring Excellence

Diversity is Our Strength

The doors to a new school year have opened. In Kansas City, Kansas, we have such a rich history. A history that began in 1844 when the first public school was built right here in my community, serving white and … Continue reading

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Personal Sacrifice

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver shared an experience as a young man that resulted in a powerful lesson for him. The tradition in Rev. Cleaver’s family was that washing dishes following dinner was rotated among his siblings. His number came up on … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Years from now, our students may forget what we have said, but they will not forget the way we make them feel. Our students carry forward the impressions left by educators with them for a lifetime. Educators in Kansas City, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: What a Summer Vacation!

“Summer time and the living is easy!” It certainly has been summer here in KCK, but our staff have been doing anything but living easy. Unless by living easy you mean putting the pedal to the metal and getting in … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Is the Constitution for Some or for All?

The Kansas Constitution – protections for some but not everyone! How can I make such a statement? Well, I just spent four days sitting in a courtroom, hearing the attorney representing our state suggest, imply, and at times directly say … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: 10,000 Hours and Counting

10,000 hours, 416 days, 600,000 minutes are required to become an expert in any one skill. Michael Jordan stayed on the court following a basketball game and continued to practice his jump shot for several hours. Wayne Gretzky stayed on … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: All of Us Must Support the Education of Our Youth

This is an interesting, thought provoking, and challenging time to be an educator. Consider that almost every time we have turned on the news the last few weeks, or listened to a commentary, someone has been talking about public schools. … Continue reading

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