February 19, 2018 in School Culture

On February 15, I walked into my school, saw my perfectly planned lessons, and thought about my first period seniors who would be walking into the room soon and the sophomores I would see later.

October 17, 2017 in School Culture

My daughter was born early and small, but she always had this powerful presence. When the nurse wrapped her up and handed her to me, she looked like she was smiling. Her dad and I used to worry because she never cried. Twenty years later, she is still always smiling. And she is still that small but fierce girl trying to figure out this big world.

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September 13, 2017 by Julie Hasson

If It Falls

In the middle of Hurricane Irma passing directly over our little bungalow, I had a familiar feeling. It was a feeling that I’ve had many times as a school leader. You see, we have a big, beautiful oak tree in our backyard, and it’s a little too close to the house for comfort.

August 21, 2017 by Julie Hasson

Obligations or Opportunities

Isn’t it strange how two people can see the same situation in two completely different ways? It speaks to the power of thoughts over circumstances. We have, if we so choose, the power to find the treasure or the trouble in anything.

July 26, 2017 by Julie Hasson

Breaking Up with Data

For the last three months, I have watched the teachers and leaders I love (the ones I have witnessed making an undeniable impact on kids) feel defeated by VAM (Value-Added Model) scores and school grades. In supporting them, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my own love-hate relationship with data.