Saturday, June 28, 2014

Motivating Underperforming Employees

One of the more challenging aspects of leadership is inspiring people to give their best, consistently.  And while we all normally try to put forth our best effort, a loss of motivation can sometimes cause us to underperform.  Will Yakowics, of Inc. Magazine, recently took on this topic.  From lending support and guidance to cutting your losses, all organizations need to have the best staffs they can hire. Yet, we frequently fail to address employees who are not doing their best work.    Read story...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Casey Kasem, A True American Idol

Casey Kasem, the person who helped me appreciate popular music during the 70s and 80s, lies critically ill.  And while this idol of the pop music era struggles for life, his three children and their stepmom are fighting over ending his life through the removal of food, water, and medicine.  While an LA judge, in reversing his decision, has given Casey's daughter Kerri the authority to remove all life sustaining infusions.  Her doctor stated that there is nothing more that can be done for Casey other than prolong a painful and inevitable death.

We all remember, "American Top 40", and the "100 Best....", "etc."  Many of us connect many of our life experiences  during our formative years to the music.  Casey encouraged us to listen more closely, and to make greater meaning of the power of the music for me and my peers.  The letters and dedications he read, and the messages he offered, encouraged us to appreciate who we were and what we had.  Growing up in El Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, life provided both incredible challenges as well as amazing opportunities.  Your show, and your words, blurred that tension so that for those couple of hours each Saturday morning, I was freed to be present to something greater than the routines of everyday life in my world.

And while the struggle continues between you continuing to be part of our world, or not, you have already left your mark in powerful ways.   Your sign off at the end of every show continues to live with me 30 - 40 years later - "keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars".  I can honestly say that you did just that.  You reached high and you touched the heavens. And in the process, you inspired many, including me.  Thank you.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vergara Lawsuit: Judge Strikes Down All 5 Teacher Protections

In a shocking defeat for the California teachers unions, Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu overturned five state statutes that give California teachers tenure rights and seniority, and protections from firings. These long standing protections have been part of the the California landscape for decades.  And while the debate will continue, final confirmation will lead to a change in the union/district relationships.  Read the story... 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Update on Education Technology Trends

At the recent SIIA Education Industry Summit in San Francisco, attendees were welcome with the news that there will be an increase in startups in the education-technology space.  Much of the technology will focus on assessment and data, managing student information systems, student privacy.  There will also be some technology developed for curriculum and instruction. The story...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Common Core State Standards and Latinos and English Language Learners

From my colleague Leticia Bustillos, NCLR, The Common Core State Standards represent an opportunity to transform each Latino student’s education, better preparing them with the skills needed to succeed in college and enter the workforce. Though these standards promise a level playing field for all students, Latinos and English language learners still face an uphill battle for successful implementation.

Register for NCLR’s webinar on May 20, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT to learn about the latest developments on the standards and how community stakeholders and Latino business leaders can lend their voices to support the Common Core State Standards in their communities.

The webinar will feature education experts:

  • Pedro Silva, Organizer and Field Strategist, NCLR California Office of Civic Engagement and Field Campaigns, Moderator
  • Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Executive Director, Californians Together, Presenter
  • Jan Gustafson-Corea, CEO, California Association for Bilingual Education, Presenter
We hope you can join us!


Leticia Bustillos
Director, Education Policy Project

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