Category Archives: Schools and Assessment

Beginning again

The start of the new school year is upon us!  School administrators have come back to prepare to open our schools.  Teachers and support staff will soon return to prepare for all of their students too.  In reflecting back on last school year and what could be in store for our district this year, I […]
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More with Relevance

Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to talk with several of our high school students.  They have provided me some resources through youtube and web articles that have helped me understand that providing a relevant education for them is extremely important. In speaking with students, they truly want more than to […]
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Communication

Unfortunately it has been a long time since I have utilized this method of communication.  Since my last post, I have been busy communicating through many different means, but most importantly through face-to-face opportunities.  It has become very clear to me in my short time as superintendent that writing is important, but being available to […]
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Leadership

With the inevitable turnover of principals in our schools comes reflection on the characteristics of an effective instructional leader.  I am fortunate to work in a school district that offers many examples of great leaders and not all of them are school principals.  I have learned that leadership is not defined by position.  I believe […]
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Flipped

Over the last few years the concept of the flipped classroom has come to the forefront.  Technology has allowed many educators to move some aspects of their instruction into homework.  For many this has meant moving lectures online. Ideally this leads to differentiation in the classroom and allows learners to have control over the online […]
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Introductions

Hello!  I am sure some readers of this blog may have wondered if the new KPBSD superintendent would continue publishing an update.  Now that I have settled in, the answer is yes.  I have come to value the communication posted here and believe it has provided excellent insights relevant to our district’s current status. With […]
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Last Blog

About a month ago, some of the public on the central peninsula were on edge because a district employee was returning to work after being in Africa. With the Ebola scare in full swing, these folks were concerned that the employee might be infectious with the virus. Today, with few confirmed cases of Ebola in […]
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Traditionalists and Expansionists

I read an interesting article this morning on two different approaches to conserve our wilderness that are being taken in response to climate change. The new conservationists are being proactive by moving species to new ranges and using nonnative species as stand-ins for those that have become extinct. The old conservationists who want to protect, […]
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Teaching and learning

During my student teaching in a remote village, I sent videotapes of selected lessons to my university evaluator. I recall that prior to my first taping, in fear that I would appear inept, I advised my students to not pay attention to the camera on the tripod at the back of the room. At the end […]
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Gallup Student Poll

When I first moved to Soldotna I drove past a house that was covered in Tyvek (a high density polyethylene house wrap) and assumed that the owner was getting ready to add siding. Six years later, nothing on the house has changed. I was reminded of this when thinking about how easy it is to […]
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