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Take the Stairs

Recently I was clicking through the local news channels, and happened upon the end of a report featuring an event where a large number of determined individuals walked or ran more than 800 steps to reach the top of one … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: “The Sky is the Limit – Seize the Sky”

I make it a habit to remind my students and our great staff at KCKPS: If we want something bad enough, we have to push past our doubts and perceived limitations, and just go get it. Well, I had the … Continue reading

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Gutsy

My grandfather was a large imposing man. At least that is what I was told. By day, he was a fisherman; in the evenings, he was a boxer.   I grew up hearing stories about this quiet man. He was determined … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: The Rest of the Story

Some will recall the famous talk radio personality Paul Harvey. Mr. Harvey was known to be a conservative, but nonetheless, through his reporting, he reached people from all perspectives. He had the uncanny ability to tell stories that narrated history … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: The Piano

“Once to every man [woman] and nation, comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side . . .”  From the Hymn, “Once to Every Man and Nation,” words by James … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Celebrating Our Teachers

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the first full week of May, but teachers, and those who dedicate their lives to education, deserve our thanks, … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Why Common Core?

The debate about Common Core Standards continues across the nation, and is in full swing in Kansas. Opponents suggest that Common Core Standards are an attempt to have a national run education system. A few say these standards are going … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Reflections

Today, we remember a significant milestone in our nation’s history. Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousand of citizens participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I hope that every classroom in KCKPS and across the country … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Pushing for Higher Standards for Our Students

Raymond McNulty with the International Center for Leadership in Education writes of moving from “best practices to next practices” to transform schools. Schools in the United States were once the best in the world. But now we are falling behind … Continue reading

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Journey of a Superintendent: Testifying Before the House Education Committee

On Tuesday, January 24, I will testify before the Kansas House Education Committee. Here is the message that I plan to share . . . Testimony to the Kansas House Education Committee The story of the Kansas City, Kansas Public … Continue reading

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