Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Unrest in the Cities

Good Morning,

The protests taking place across the U.S. today remind me somewhat of the civil rights protests that took place when I was a high school student during the 1960's. Some of you are old enough to remember those days...some are not. However, having lived all the years in between, I also sense that there is once again a great bridge of fear and mistrust to cross if we are to begin the conversation. 
Many more years of racial and cultural disconnect have taken us to a different place. At the root of it all is the belief system held by many that some matter less than others. In this case it is people of color...mainly African-American. But it could just as well be a case of gender, disability, and/or class. For this time and at this place, I quote Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York...
"People need to know that black lives and brown lives matter as much as white lives."

Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno is the Executive Director of the  Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR),  Associate Professor, Department Chair of Educational Leadership, and Associate Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership California State University, Fresno

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Do We Really Have The Will?

“This is profoundly personal for me. I couldn’t help but immediately think what it would mean to me to lose Dante. Life could never be the same thereafter.” These comments were expressed  by New York Mayor De Blasio, in response to the grand jury decision over the death of Eric Garner.

"This is an issue we've been dealing with for too long and it's time for us to make more progress than we've made. I'm absolutely committed as president of the United States to making sure that we have a country in which everyone believes in the core principle that we are equal under the law.  When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that's a problem. It's incumbent on all of us as Americans that we recognize that this is an American problem and not just a black problem. It is an American problem when anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law." These statements were shared by President Obama in a press conference in response to the grand jury decision.

But do we, as a society have the will to bring about justice?  Week in, and week out, we learn about another African American male being killed by the hands of law enforcement.  This is followed by immediate and angry reaction, thoughtful declarations of contempt, and public demands for action.  But, yet, here we are again.    History resists change, and that is why we are bound to repeat it.  Our will does not appear to be strong enough. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Everyday Genius

While most of us will never discover a cure for a rare disease, or the grand theory of physics, I do believe that we all possess everyday genius.  By that, I mean the ability to think beyond our usual mental processing, to gain great insights, develop keen ideas, and develop powerful strategies.   A recent article in Inc magazine challenges us to consider that genius is inside each of us.

The first thing we need to do is to get out of our way, and free ourselves to go deeper into our psyche.  As educators, our success often depends on out of hox thinking that will allow us to more effectively connect with our students, lead our teachers, and inspire our communities.

"When you unstick your thinking, you free yourself to produce your best and most creative ideas like the genius you've always known you are."  The story...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Deeper Learning and Student Achievement

Deeper learning is the subject of a new research that reveals that classrooms where students are focused on "deeper learning" - “a set of competencies students must master in order to develop a keen understanding of academic content and apply their knowledge to problems in the classroom and on the job” (as defined in the report) - will demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement and will be more likely to enroll in college.

Three reports from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), examines the impact of deeper learning on "educational opportunity and 21st-century skills including critical thinking and problem solving."  It is a good set of reports that can help to inform the implementation of our common core state standards and the shifts in student, teacher, and administrator practices.  Find reports here...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


A friend of mine sent an email with these amazing photos.  Some we have never seen and are well over 100 years old.

A shell shocked reindeer looks on as World War II planes drop bombs on Russia in 1941.
A boxing match on board the USS Oregon in 1897

The last known Tasmanian Tiger photographed in 1933 - the species is now extinct.

The London sky following a bombing and dogfight between British and German planes in 1940

 Nagasaki, 20 minutes after the atomic bombing in 1945

Native Railroad overlook
A Native American overlooking the newly completed transcontinental railroad in 1868

great fire and earthquake in San Francisco April 18th, 1906
The Great San Francisco Fire and Earthquake of 1906

Hitler in Paris

Halifax airport plane
Grounded aircraft on September 11, 2001, await orders.

Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial.

Lumberjacks in California
Lumberjacks in California
Lumberjacks in California
California lumberjacks work on Redwoods.  Thousands of tree rings in these ancient trees - each over 1000+ years old or even much older...such a shame...irreplaceable giants.
National park treasures all gone but a few 
what kind of men would do such a thing for over 100 years - destroy something they cannot ever fix or replace for 2000 years?
It is an evergreen, long-lived, monoecious tree living 1200–1800 years or more.
An estimated 95% or more of the original old-growth redwood forest has been cut.
In 1850, old-growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres...down to
8,100 acres by 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.

Beatles at the age of 15
The Beatles in 1957

The 1912 World Series Red Sox vs NY Giants

Hilary and Bill Clinton
Bill and Hillary Clinton playing volleyball in 1975 -
a future US President

Elves Presley in the Army
Elvis in the Army

Machu Picchu discovery
The first photo following the discovery of Machu Pichu in 1912

Child laborers in 1880

Time Square approx. 1911
New York's Times Square in 1911

Mississippi Steamboats
Steamboats on the Mississippi River in 1907

Fourteen-year-old Osama bin Laden -
he's second from the right.
Bell bottom pants - pink car -
expensive shops, nice threads,
About 24 people out smiling - looking hip for the day.
And not one woman has her face or head covered.

Construction of the Statue of Liberty 1884
Construction of the Statue of Liberty in 1884
Thanks for looking.
Pass it on to someone who enjoys a bit of history.

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